Cheese and red wine is a natural match. Red wines can stand up to more pungent flavors in cheese. Stinky and richly scented cheeses are often too much for more delicate white wines. However, many richer red wines have meaty and earthy aromas of their own, which can pair nicely with many types of rich cheeses. Also, their fuller body and rich structure can buffer very sharp cheeses with an intense personality. Here are some general types of red wines and the cheeses that pair well with them.
A light and fruity red wine, will pair well with Feta, Mozzarella and Swiss cheese. However, just because they are lighter in body doesn’t mean they can’t stand up to earthy or pungent flavors.
Medium-Bodied Red Wines like Pinot Noir and some Merlot, pair better with slightly richer cheeses. Smoked Gouda certainly would work.
Full-Bodied Red Wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and some Merlot pair best with more intense, sharply flavoured cheeses. Some examples are sharp, aged Cheddar, and Gouda. The full flavors of the wine can stand up to the strong, salty flavor of the cheese. Even some milder blues can work.
Next time you want to do something special, why not your own cheese and wine tasting. What’s not to love about red wine and cheese?