CHEESE AND WINE PAIRINGS
Here at Bothwell, we know our cheese. But to find just the right 'partners in wine' we did some research. So don't panic!
As a general rule, soft red wines with some aging work better with cheese than full bodied young red wines. The tannins in wine can clash with most cheeses, so young tannic reds like Cabernet Sauvignon are not the best matches for cheese. Dry, clean white wines tend to be more versatile than any red wine.
If you are committed to red wines, pair your hard cheeses with wine that has moderate tannins. Red wine also pairs best with cheeses that have a mild flavour. Stronger and richer flavours in cheese pair best with white wines. Try to match the pungency of the cheese with sweeter wines. The more pungent-the sweeter the wine should be.
Soft, creamy cheeses and cheeses with higher acidity levels like goat's cheese or feta should be matched with wines higher in acid also, like a Riesling or a Sauvignon Blanc. As a rule, if a cheese has a higher acidity level-match it with a wine with higher acid.
At Bothwell we have a tried and tested rule that we like to follow. Experiment! If the wine and cheese taste great together, then you've found a match. Here's a list of wines we recommend for our world-class cheeses.
With our Black Truffle Cheese, try an earthy, full-bodied red wine like a French Syrah, Pinot Noir, Red Burgundy or an Italian Sangiovese.
Quail's Gate OVF Red Wine pairs perfectly with our OVF Red Wine Aged Cheddar or you could try a fruit-forward New World Red.
The stronger flavour of our Madagascar Green Peppercorn Cheese goes best with a sparkling wine or any fresh crisp white wine like an herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc.
With our selection of Mild, Medium and Marble Cheddars, try a Chardonnay or any chilled sparkling wine.
Match our range of award-winning Aged Cheddars with a Cabernet Sauvignon, Rioja, Chianti or Shiraz.
For our Gouda and Monterey Jack cheeses serve a Riesling or a sparkling wine.
With Edam, a Bordeaux, Rioja or cool-climate Chardonnay will all work well.
Finally, don't forget that beer also pairs well with our cheeses. Ales have a history dating back almost as far as cheese! Try pairing a Pale Ale with our range of Cheddars or try a sweet, smooth Cream Ale with our Gouda, Monterey Jack and Edam cheeses.
Never rule out your own personal tastes. Try your favorite wines or ales with any of our cheeses and we guarantee you will come up with a few winning combinations. Good luck!