Cheese and wine have both been around for centuries, so it should be no surprise that they make for a classic pairing. They both take years of aging to reach their full potential and require the talented touch of an artisan producer – making them a fantastic flavor and texture combination. The wine can be sharp or sweet while the cheese provides fattiness.
Now, how does chocolate come into play?
While chocolate and cheese might first raise an eyebrow, both are complex, delicious, and nuanced in flavor. And similarly to grapes and wine, cacao beans too must be fermented before becoming chocolate.
There aren’t any strict rules when it comes to putting your pairings together. Two approaches you can take: pick things with similar flavor profiles (i.e., nutty chocolate with an aged, firm, nutty cheese) or find contrast, such as a creamy cheese with bitter chocolate.
When it comes to cheese, there are generally eight unique styles. Every cheese comes with its own unique characteristics and is the perfect place to start your pairing.
|Fresh||Feta, Fromage Blanc, Quark, Queso Fresco, Ricotta|
|Pasta Filata||Burrata, Mozzarella, Provolone, Scamorza|
|Soft-Ripened | Semi-Soft||Brie, Camembert|
|Semi-Firm | Semi-Soft||Fontina, Havarti, Pepper Jack|
|Firm | Semi-Hard||Cheddar, Gouda|
|Hard||Aged Gouda, Aged Cheddar, Parmesan|
|Blue||Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton|