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  • I'm Patrick Cappiello from Rebelle restaurant

  • in New York City,

  • and today I'm going to teach you

  • how to pair wine and cheese.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Everyone knows wine and cheese goes together

  • but there are a few rules that I think you can follow

  • that will make your wine and cheese experience even better.

  • Most cheese boards, you're going to have a goat cheese,

  • a cheddar cheese, a washed rind cheese, a blue cheese,

  • and a firm cheese.

  • This is kind of the 101 of cheeseboard creation

  • and with each of these cheeses

  • I think there's a wine that's a good companion.

  • Just like food pairing as a whole,

  • or just say other food pairings,

  • there's really no one wine that goes with everything.

  • So, you really need to look at each cheese individually

  • to see the best wine to put next to that particular cheese.

  • The first cheese we're going to talk about

  • is a goat's milk chevre cheese

  • and with this cheese,

  • I think sauvignon blanc is really the best pairing.

  • Sauvignon blanc that you find in areas like Loire Valley,

  • where much goat cheese is made

  • or even stuff in California.

  • In the end it's that style of wine

  • that's made from sauvignon blanc

  • that really makes it a good companion for chevre cheese.

  • It's about the acidity for me.

  • Really having that acid to help cut through

  • the fattiness and the creaminess of the goat cheese

  • as well as the complimentary flavors.

  • There's a grassy aromatic and flavor

  • that you get with sauvignon blanc

  • that I also find in goat cheese as well.

  • Sauvignon blanc and goat's milk chevre.

  • Really classic pairing.

  • Really delicious pairing.

  • The next cheese that we're going to look at

  • is a cheddar cheese.

  • This is a Vermont cheddar cheese.

  • For me, I really like cheddar cheese and beer

  • and I think that there's a really interesting companionship

  • that happens when you do beer and cheddar cheese

  • and it's a pretty common thing to do as well.

  • But if you want to look at wine to work with cheddar cheese

  • I like sparkling wine.

  • For me, something like champagne is perfect.

  • You can also do pét-nats,

  • which are naturally made sparkling wines.

  • Even cider works really well with cheddar cheese.

  • So, again, the idea of cheddar cheese.

  • The fact that is has a rich, creamy texture,

  • but it's pretty powerful

  • and I think the fattiness can benefit from bubbles.

  • Bubbles and cheddar, for me, that's really a great pairing

  • and a pairing that helps to compliment

  • both the cheese and the wine.

  • So the next cheese we're going to look at is a firm cheese.

  • This particular cheese is Comté,

  • which is a cheese that comes from the Jura in France,

  • right on the border of Switzerland.

  • Like most firm cheeses,

  • it can have a really nutty flavor profile

  • so I like really nutty wines with it.

  • This is an example of a wine that comes from the Jura

  • the same place that this Comté is from

  • and it's a more oxidized style of white wine,

  • similar to like a Sherry or a skin fermented white wine.

  • It has a nutty, rich texture,

  • white wines that have more of a red wine weight to them

  • which is really what you need ideally

  • for a pairing with firm cheese.

  • Also, wines from Sherry,

  • like a dry Sherry from Jerez in Spain,

  • also a great companion.

  • And I think additionally, skin fermented white wines

  • that you can find in northern Italy

  • would also be great pairings for firm cheeses.

  • So, for our soft, washed rind cheese

  • we have a wine from the Burgundy region in France

  • called Époisses.

  • For soft cheeses, I think you can either use

  • fuller bodied white wines

  • or I like a lighter bodied red wine.

  • So, Pinot Noir is a really awesome pairing with this.

  • It's grown in the Burgundy region of France

  • so again you see an example of a wine

  • that is from the same area as the cheese comes from

  • but with soft cheeses

  • because the flavors are very subtle,

  • I think you need a subtle wine like Pinot Noir.

  • It's not going to be too overpowering

  • and help enhance the flavors of that cheese.

  • The last cheese that we have is a blue cheese

  • and for me, the classing pairing for blue cheese is port.

  • This is a great example of a tawny port.

  • So, ports are rich, full bodied red wines,

  • but wines that often have a bit of sweetness.

  • Because blue cheese be a little funky, kind of salty,

  • that sweetness and that full body really helps

  • to offset those flavors, enhance them

  • and really make an awesome pairing.

  • It's a classic pairing, and classic for a reason.

  • So I think we've seen today that wine and cheese

  • can work really well together.

  • And there's a lot of options

  • to make your wine and cheese pairing perfect.

  • So in the end, you should open a lot of wine

  • and eat a lot of cheese.

  • I'm Patrick Cappiello from Playboy.com

  • This is Mardon, a little grower that's making some of the most spectacular wines in the area.

  • A family-run domain that produces really mineral-driven and focus-style sauvignon blanc.

I'm Patrick Cappiello from Rebelle restaurant

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