One of the favourite activities for the Wine & Dine BC News team is to enjoy an evening of wine and cheese. Last week a few of us traveled to our local artisan cheese maker, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters in Maple Ridge, to purchase cheese for the weekend.
When we thought about the matching wines it occurred to us that there is a lot of information on the web regarding ideal matches, but because they are typically from the US or Europe many feature suggestions are not easily available here in British Columbia.
To help fellow British Columbian’s we have put together an easy list of wine and cheese selections that are widely available at most grocery stores and local wine shops. After all, it’s very frustrating to have a list and discover that most are not easy to find!
There are four basic categories of cheese, so we’ve recommended the cheeses in those categories and the wines that are easily purchased:
Soft cheese: These include goat cheese, Camembert and Brie which are the perfect foil for Sauvignon Blanc, a lightly oaked Chardonnay or a refreshing Prosecco.
Semi-soft cheeses: Cheeses in this style include popular selections such as swiss, colby, Fontina and harvarti. Riesling, Pinot Grigio and sparkling wines like Spanish Cava and German Sekt are value driven wines that will deliver great taste.
Semi-hard cheeses: Favorites like cheddar, Sonoma Jack, gouda and blue reside in this category. Look to reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti Reserva or Ruby Port to impress the guests at your next gathering.
Hard cheeses: Gruyere (look for the swiss version), edam, manchego and asiago pair well with Sauvignon Blanc (yes, a white wine!), Cotes du Rhone (a value blended French wine) and Rioja from Spain.
These selections will make it easy and fun to plan your next soirée and as a note many of these grape varietal wines and cheeses are crafted right here in our own province. This is one more reason to shop and buy local this summer!
If you want to practice your wine and food matching skills, take a tour of the best of BC at the upcoming BC Uncorked Food & Wine Festival!