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Host a successful cheese tasting

Host a successful cheese tasting

You don’t need to have a degree in wine or cheese to host a great wine and cheese night. Here is a small practical guide designed to help you succeed with some great wine and cheese pairings.

Thanks to their creamy texture and salty taste, soft cheeses generally pair perfectly with white wine, just as hearty red wines go well Parmesan or any other hard cheese. You can even create pairings with port wine, or fortified wins. The important thing is to try… and taste!

The order of the operations is easy. You should simply present the lighter cheeses and wines at the beginning, and end with those that are stronger and more full-bodied.

For the wine: Count on about 3/4 of a bottle per person.

For the cheese: About 20 grams of each cheese per person.

In a formal setting, a wine and cheese tasting unfolds over three or four different courses, with each one comprised of three cheeses and two wines. But you can also present everything all at once. Having a good time is what counts! Here are several suggestions for a tasting with three different courses:

For cheeses, you will find our suggestions on the site: fromagesdici.com (in French only)

 

Course No. 1:

The wines: Chardonnay wines generally offer a good body and a pleasant fruitiness.

Château St Jean Chardonnay Sonoma

$19.20

Château St Jean Chardonnay Sonoma

White wine750 mlUnited States
Château St Jean Chardonnay Sonoma

Château St Jean Chardonnay Sonoma

$19.20

White wine750 mlUnited States, CaliforniaSAQ code : 00897215

With yellow apple and butter flavours with a slight nutty character, it’s definitely a wine to discover if you haven’t already!

 

Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay

$19.90

Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay

White wine750 mlNew Zealand
Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay

Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay

$19.90

White wine750 mlNew Zealand, South IslandSAQ code : 10669470

The second white wine for the course is a classic from Kim Crawford Wines. Their chardonnay, also with the taste tag of AROMATIC AND MELLOW, has white fruit flavours. It’s a safe bet, that all your friends will enjoy.

 

The cheeses: Le Sieur Corbeau des Laurentides, Le Délice des Appalaches, Saint-Paulin d’ici, Chevalier Brie Triple Crème.

 

Course No. 2:

The wines:

Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico

$15.85

Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico

Red wine750 mlItaly
Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico

Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico

$15.85

Red wine750 mlItaly, VenetoSAQ code : 00285585

Valpolicella is always a good choice. The wines from this region have supple tannins and exude a lovely freshness, like this one, labelled FRUITY AND MEDIUM-BODIED.

 

The cheeses: Le Douanier, Le Mamirolle, Le Moine, Vaudreuil Brie, L’Empereur.

 

Course No. 3:

The wines:

Mas Amiel Maury Vintage 2016

$22.95

Mas Amiel Maury Vintage 2016

Maury375 mlFrance
Mas Amiel Maury Vintage 2016

Mas Amiel Maury Vintage 2016

$22.95

Maury375 mlFrance, Languedoc-RoussillonSAQ code : 00733808

To bring a breath of fresh air into your last course, experiment with this fortified wine. Its red fruit aromas and the sweetness of its tannins will create a creamy pairing with your cheeses.

 

Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage

$20.95

Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage

Port750 mlPortugal
Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage

Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage

$20.95

Port750 mlPortugal, Porto/DouroSAQ code : 00046946

Port! Why not conclude your wine and cheese evening with a late bottled vintage? This tawny port exudes spicy aromas and presents a pleasant freshness and a creamy texture in the mouth.

 

The cheeses: Bleu Bénédictin, Le Ciel de Charlevoix, Le Rassembleu, Cheddar extra-fort d’ici.

 

Gourmet trick: Throughout the tasting, don’t hesitate to serve duck rillettes, charcuterie, or even small bowls of fruit. A little variety is always appreciated!

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