One of life’s simplest pleasures and tastiest snacks has to be wine and cheese.The right wine and cheese pairing can serve as the perfect hors d’œuvres or a satisfying meal. Matching the right cheese and wine completes the experience since they can complement one another, enhancing each other’s taste.
With respect to cheese and wine, you need to consider: acidity, fat, tannin and texture. You can describe six main cheese textures:
• fresh, young cheese, like white goat cheese or ricotta;
• bloomy, creamy cheese like spreadable cheese;
• soft washed rind cheese that’s bathed in beer or wine;
• semi-soft cheese like young Gouda;
• hard cheese, that has aged and sharpened, like aged Gouda or aged sharp cheddar,
• blue cheese with its blue mold veins.
Just like with meats, the wine you choose needs to complement the cheese with which it’s served. As with cheese, the age of the wine matters. A young, dry wine like a Sauvignon Blanc, favors a salty pairing like feta. A young, unoaked red like Pinot Noir pairs well with mozzarella.
Bloomy, creamy cheeses like brie or Camembert pair well with brut champagne or chardonnay. If you enjoy fuvvnky cheeses, that is cheese with a pungent odor, like Fontina, Epoisses or Reblochon, pair it with a dry, sparkling white. The blue cheeses like Roquefort and Stilton favor sweet, fortified red wines like a nice Port.
First Class Bangkok offer a number of cheese and wine pairings, we think some of the best wine and cheese Bangkok offers. The following appetizer pairings can get you started on a nice meal or provide the hefty snack you need.
Luxury French Cheese and Wine Pairing
As cheeses age, they acquire nutty flavors. Examples of these nutty, older cheeses include Emmental and Gruyère. These require a complex wine with more body and potentially oxidative notes, too. The Emmental in our French cheese platter pairs well with numerous possibilities including Amontillado sherry, Barbera, Beaujolais, Champagne, Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, red Burgundy, Riesling (off-dry), white Bordeaux, white Burgundy, a vintage Port, Viognier, white Rhône blends, a young Tawny Port or Zinfandel.
The creamy richness of Camembert pairs well with champagne due to its contrast to the bubbly dryness of the wine. White wines with an oaky, buttery flavor work well, too. You’ll find that the Camembert and Pave Ocre found in our French cheese platter pair well with the aforementioned champagne, plus Beaujolais, Chablis, Chenin Blanc, Fino sherry, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Lambrusco, Moscato, Provençal rosé, Riesling (dry to sweet), Sauvignon Blanc, unoaked Chardonnay or White Port.
Among our ready wine selections, we offer a sparkling Chardonnay and Moet & Chandon champagne. Either pairs exquisitely with our French cheese platter and its accompanying bread.
Italian Wine and Cheese
Italians love hard cheeses. Some of these share the aged, nutty flavor associated with French favorites like Emmental. It works well with tannic reds like Chianti and full-bodied whites. Try the following wine and cheese pairings for a delicious appetizer.
The aromatic cheese Taleggio featured in our Italian cheese platter pairs well with a select few wines including Gewürztraminer, Gorgonzola, Pinot Noir, red Burgundy, Riesling and Sauternes.
The Parmigiano on the same platter pairs well with a number of possibilities including aged white Burgundy or Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, California red blends, Oloroso sherry, Petite Sirah, red Bordeaux, red Burgundy, red Rhône blends, red Port, Sauternes, sweet Riesling, Tawny Port, Viognier, vintage Champagne, Vin Jaune or white Rhône blends or Zinfandel.
Let First Class Bangkok pick up a nice red wine for you – a red Burgundy or red Port. Either wine pairing works well with these cheeses.
We also offer a canapé platter at Bangkok limousine. We’ll serve either cheese platter with a selection of meats that compliment them and your perfect wine pairing. With the delicious bread basket we provide, you can build your own canapés.