- There are few things more enticing then a decadent cheese board, plush with all the accompaniments, positioned next to a full glass of wine – but sometimes, choosing the right wine with the right cheese can feel like a game of chance.
Sparkling and Champagne
“For every wine there is a perfect cheese to match its flavour, body, style, expression and terroir,” says Laura Lown, head cheesemonger at Melbourne’s Milk the Cow. “We match in three different ways when trying to pair perfect cheeses and wines: cut through the flavours, complement the flavours and contrast the flavours.”
If you’re starting with the wine, Laura has some advice on picking a winning combination:
Pair with…."aged goudas such as Reypanear VSOP. The caramel notes and dense texture stand up to a cabernet sauvignon nicely or a fruit-forward cheese like Bellavitano Merlot, which is a parmesan-cheddar hybrid washed in red wine. The best cheeses to pair with bigger, heartier reds are bigger, bolder cheeses.”
Halliday recommends: Rebus Wilyabrup Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 | Domaine Naturaliste
Halliday recommends: Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2017 | Serrat
Halliday recommends: Pauls Lane Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018 | Toolangi Vineyards
Halliday recommends: Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc 2014 | Flowstone Wines
Halliday recommends: Fairytale of the Barossa Rose 2013 | Dandelion Vineyards
Pair with… "triple cream and high fat cheeses. The bubbles cut through the fat perfectly.
Aged cheeses go beautifully with vintage champagne, for example the G.Cravero Parmigiano Reggiano – the dry, nutty but sweet cheese tingles with the racy bead of the bubble."
Halliday recommends: Radenti Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2001 | Freycinet