Your guide to the perfect pairing.
To help your taste buds navigate the world of texture, acidity, sweetness, and fat, we’ve put together a handy guide. Use it the next time you’re looking to pick up the perfect pair.
Fresh & bloomy soft cheeses
Think ricotta, mozzarella, burrata, feta, and brie. These cheeses love crisp whites, dry rosés, sparkling wines, and light-bodies reds. Similarly, they want less intense beers that are light and bright, to bring out the nuance of the cheese. Or try them with earthy beers such as saisons, or sours for a fun pairing.
Semi-hard, medium-aged cheeses
These include havarti, gouda, Swiss cheeses, and young cheddar. We recommend medium-bodied whites, fruity reds, sparkling wine, and aperitif wines that offer a balance between acidity and tannin. And these cheeses love beer that offer a touch of sharpness and warm supporting depth, like a pale ale or hoppy IPA.
Now we’re talking flavour and personality! These can include gorgonzola and cambozola but many BC cheesemakers have their own varieties. When choosing wines, look for both oomph and sweetness to balance the cheese’s bold flavours and usually very salty, savoury body. Hearty robust beers like stouts stand up nicely too.
Hard aged cheeses
Harder cheeses love full-bodied whites and tannic reds, and their nutty and salty flavours work with sweet wines and oxidative wines like sherry. Light, dry beers accentuate the sharply intense notes of the cheese, like when pairing alpine cheeses with the yeast in Belgian beers. For a pairing with a lot of attitude, IPAs and sharp cheddar are a match made in heaven.