Wine and cheese are as legendary a duo as Bonnie and Clyde. But if your pairing goes off, your dinner party can end as tragically as their love story did. Mansi Jasani of The Cheese Collective takes some time away from her love affair with cheese to ensure that nothing comes between this delicious union.
First Things First
If you’re unfamiliar with The Cheese Collective, it’s time you were acquainted. Naturally, we at EatTreat like imported cheeses as much as the next person—ok, maybe even a teeny bit more—but these guys make and curate the dairy delights from around the country (they have a curry leaf cheese!), and are determined to put India on the global cheese map. We picked their brain on wine and cheese pairings, and it’s time you got in on the intel.
Fresh & Soft
To get started, softer cheeses go with light, fruity wines.
Cheese: Chèvre, Feta, Brie, Camembert
Wine: Champagne, Riesling, Moscato, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Lambrusco, Cava
An Indian Pick: Charosa Selections Sauvignon Blanc
Semi-hard cheeses are usually perfectly paired with medium-bodied ones.
Cheese: Emmental, Gruyère, young Cheddar
Wine: Chardonnay, Viognier, Champagne, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot
An Indian Pick: Grover’s Viognier
Dense, aged cheeses are in a party with complex wines.
Cheese: Aged Gruyère, Grana Padano, Pecorino, Manchego, Parmigiano Reggiano
Wine: Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barolo
An Indian Pick: Indus Cabernet Sauvignon
Blue cheese goes with dessert wines.
Cheese: Stilton, Gorgonzola, Roquefort
Wine: Port, Sauternes, Dessert wines
An Indian Pick: Bellisimo by Big Banyan
If that’s still too much to digest, just play it safe with a sparkling wine–Champagne and Prosecco—that goes perfectly with just about any variant.
By: Hitani Kaur