Choosing wines and cheeses from similar regions almost always guarantees a good complementary flavor match, but it's also fun to mix things up. We give you a good cheese pairing for five red wines so you can plan a wine and cheese tasting party in no time.
Editor's Tip: We recommend purchasing handcrafted artisan cheeses instead of mass-manufactured cheeses (if you don't have a gourmet cheese shop near you, artisan cheeses are sold online). To create a wide flavor palate, choose cheeses from each of the three sources of milk--cow, goat, and sheep.
This soft, fruity, and mild red wine goes best with Parmigiano-Reggiano, a hard cow's milk cheese that sports a nutty and tangy flavor.
Maytag Blue, a soft cow's milk cheese from Iowa that's crumbly and tangy, pairs well with this bold and tannin-heavy red wine.
Pair aged Gouda, a hard cow's milk cheese with nutty and caramel flavors from Holland, with this silky and bright red wine with an earthy edge.
This red wine's mix of fruit and spice will go nicely with aged cheddar, a firm, sharp, and crumbly cow's milk cheese from England or the United States.
Regional similarities between red wine and cheese make for great pairings. Try Parmigiano-Reggiano, a hard and nutty cow's milk cheese, with the tart cherry flavor of Chianti.