Cheese and wine pairings are a match made in heaven! Even better, goat cheese and wine is a pairing you want to try out. However, you might not have an idea of what goat cheese to pair with what wine. Fret not for in this piece, we are going to take a look at some of the goat cheese wine pairings that you are going to absolutely love.
The first rule of thumb when pairing these two is wine and cheese from the same place go together. So if you have goat cheese from the Loire Valley, then you might want to couple it with cheese from the Loire Valley.
So let’s say you basically have goat cheese and don’t know what wine to pair it with. A piece of goat cheese is like a writing tablet that awaits to be written on. Sauvignon Blanc wines are the ideal wines to make your mark on the blank tablet. Since they are acidic, citrusy and mineral-driven, they transfer all this goodness to the cream of the goat cheese and also top it off with their herbal flavors that awaken your taste buds. And once you have the first bite, the second bite is inevitable because a rule of thumb with Sauvignon Blanc and goat cheese is that one bite is never enough.
So what if you don’t have a Sauv Blanc in your wine cabinet? Fear not. Chenin Blanc is an excellent alternative. So how do you spot them? Be on the look for Touraine and Vouvray on the label of wine bottles.
If you fancy pairing red wines with your goat cheese, you should probably buy a bottle of Cabernet Franc. A product of the Loire Valley, it possesses the characteristic tart acidity and herbaceous notes, though light. Its marriage with goat cheese will see it overwhelm the goat cheese’s soft and impressionable nature. If you are low on Cab Franc, other red wines gotten from cool climates are a safe alternative. These include Merlot, Gamay, Syrah and Malbec which come with higher acidity as well as delicate flavors.
If you have goat cheddar in your fridge, pairing it with Pinot Noir will help break it down as it is equally robust. Goat Gouda is known for its firm and nutty nature. For that reason, coupling it with Syrah lends a delicate touch to it. Vermentino is also an affordable alternative to Sauv Blanc and a marriage with Herbed Chevre is undeniable.
You should now be on your way to coupling various goat cheese and wine and achieve a rich taste.