We recently held a hosted pairing event with Natalie’s Estate Winery in Newberg Oregon. We found that we share similar philosophy with Natalie’s owners – that locally produced small batch goods are the best complement for locally grown wine. COVID has us staying safe at home, so we’re sharing the pairings here so you can recreate these perfect pairings in your own home thanks to online shopping and shipping!
Wine and Cheese Pairing Helpful Tips
Pairing cheese and wine can be a challenging and intimidating task. If done correctly, a perfect match can be an exquisite experience. While a wine or a cheese by itself may be spectacular, that does not necessarily mean that pairing them is a good idea. Most people have not had years of experience focusing on tasting many wine and cheese options to become familiar with the characteristics and qualities of each. Here are some ideas and then specific Face Rock & Natalie’s pairings that will help guide you into creating successful pairings in the future:
- The harder the cheese, the bolder and darker the wine.
- The softer the cheese, the lighter the wine.
- Try to keep characteristics alike (mild wine, mild cheese.) Although exceptions do occur. For example, Pinot Noir is food friendly and pairs great with mild cheeses too.
- Serve cheese at room temperature.
- White wine should be served chilled and red wine should be served just below room temperature.