The perfect partner for cheese is a more mellow and versatile white wine, experts say
A Robust glass of red wine has long been regarded as the perfect accompaniment for cheese.
But gastronomic experts now say that the tipple has been served erroneously at dinner parties for decades.
The perfect partner for cheese, they claim, is in fact white wine, which is more mellow and versatile than its red counter-part.
It is argued that reds, which are generally more strongly flavoured than whites, dominate all but the most potent of cheeses.
Stephen Williams, the founder of The Antique Wine Company, said: ‘Basically, you should never have any kind of creamy cheese with red wine. It’s just a no-no.
'But the matching issue is wider than that: white wines generally go better with almost every type of cheese.’
Cheeses commonly associated with red wine include blues such as Roquefort and creamy cheese such as Camembert.
Versatile: Whites are regarded as providing a wider range of matches with cheese and other foods than reds
But Mr Williams, whose company has supplied wine for the White House, believes the flavour of cheese is drowned out by the tannins – the bitter compounds from the stalks, skins and seeds of grapes.
Sweeter styles of white wines such as sauternes are the best match for a blue cheese such as roquefort as the beverage is believed to enhance its saltiness.
However he said whites which have been 'oaked' where they are stored in large barrels in order to absorb the wood's flavour should be avoided with cheese.
Wine writer Susy Atkins, a wine writer, added: ‘A big tannic red simply doesn’t go with a soft, creamy cheese.
'The balance and texture is all wrong. Successful cheese and wine matching is all about balance. It is not about contrast.
'White wines generally tend to provide better, more versatile matches than reds.’
Whites should also be considered for foods traditionally matched with reds, such as game, fish and even turkey, experts say.
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