Cheese and wine pairing

In fact there are no rules for choosing wines while enjoying cheese. We will be happy to share our thoughts on how to better reconcile these two pleasures, using our experience and knowledge of cheese. If these lines are read by experienced wine connoisseurs, you are welcome to express your thoughts!. Three things to keep in mind when matching cheeses and wines The first is the texture of the cheese. The creamier the cheese, the more it spreads through the mouth, partially blocking the taste buds. White wines have a 'lighter' texture and are more likely to have more fresh acidity, which perfectly cleanses the tongue and palate. The second is the aroma of the cheese. Long-ripened cheeses with a strong aroma can suppress the taste of mild wine. A very simple rule – strong cheeses require strong wine. Red wines with a pronounced fruit aroma, white semi-sweet as well as fortified wines and sherry will go well with extremely aromatic cheeses. The third is the sweetness of the cheese. Several semi-hard, medium-ripened cheeses have a sweet taste, which can make dry wines taste too sour. Therefore, with moderately aromatic cheeses, it is safer to choose semi-dry or even sweet wines than dry ones. The main advisor in reconciling cheese and wine is the perception of taste itself, just to mention a few tips to guide you to choose the perfect combination.

• Fresh, young cheeses with a pronounced cream or milk flavour, soft and creamy – best suited to light, uncomplicated fruity wines (eg Sauvignon Blanc or Beaujolais).

• Strong aromatic cheeses like Podnieku, Ādaži tower – with new, robust red wine (eg Chianti).

• Ripe, mature cheeses (Līlavu, Podnieku) require an older, but also robust wine (Cabernet Sauvignon).

• Strong, aromatic cheeses (Baltezers, blue mold “Utt.”) goes well with a new, full- blooded wine like Merlot, or a sweet dessert wine.

• A soft, matured chamber with its earthy scent demands an airy but full-bodied sparkling champagne.

And … after reading all this, you can certainly do the opposite if you feel like it, remember – the only rule is – follow your sense of taste. The only way to develop your own paring favs is to taste as many wines with as many wide variety of cheeses [by House of Soira] as you can.