When to Drink White Wine With Cheese
Will Lyons at the Wall Street Journal is bringing the world up to date on wine and cheese pairings. In case you've missed it in the past, white wine and cheese is often, in fact, the way to go:
White wine with cheese? What on earth is he proposing now, I hear you cry. Everyone knows not to order red wine with fish or white wine with roast beef, and the cheese course has traditionally been the preserve of a rather special bottle of red or a vintage port. But what's this—a chilled glass of buttery Chardonnay with a slice of soft cheese such as Vacherin? Are you serious? Well, yes, actually. If you try it, surprisingly it works.
When it comes to wine rules, I'm pretty relaxed. Some of my friends insist on ordering an ice bucket with their red wine to chill it to the "correct" temperature (around 13 degrees to 18 degrees Celsius), thus losing its viscous, syrupy feel and releasing the overwhelming smell of alcohol, which disguises some of the more attractive aromatics.