Pairing Wine and Cheese? Grab a Bottle of White
When imagining a wine and cheese pairing, many visualize a glass of bold Cabernet and a hunk of cheddar. In reality, red wines can often overwhelm the sublte flavors of cheese, even bold, stinky ones. So when in doubt, choose white for your cheeseplate.
You might rightly point out that Port is a red wine and has long been considered the ideal wine with Stilton, an English blue veined cheese. The reason that Port pairs so well with blue cheese is because it is sweet and fortified. It is not because it is red. The sweetness provides a perfect foil for the tangy saltines of blue cheese.
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