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Wine and Cheese Pairings

Wine and Cheese Pairings

If you are anything like me, you will eat any cheese that tastes great and pair it with any wine in the same fashion.

wine and fruit pairing

However, if you are preparing for the holidays with big celebrations and want to impress your guests, then the following chart will help guide you in pairing the right wine with your cheese and fruits selections.

Please note that when pairing cheese and wine, it’s a personal decision not a hard and fast rule.

Cheese Wine Fruit
Soft, Fresh Cheeses
Uncooked, unripened cheeses, mild and creamy with a slight tang; spreadable.
Cream Cheese, Mascarpone, Neufchatel Champagne Apples, Grapes, Pears, Mangos, Melons
Soft, Ripened Cheeses
Mild with smooth and creamy-to-oozy textures and thin skins.
Brie, Camembert Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Port, Sherry Plums, Berries, Apples
Semi-Soft Cheeses
Mild, buttery taste and smooth texture; easily sliced.
Fontina Gewürztraminer, Pinot Grigio Apples, Pears
Havarti Chardonnay, Dry Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc Grapes, Pears, Raisins
Monterey Jack, Muenster Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc Plums, Strawberries, Peaches
Mozzarella (Fresh) Beaujolais, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir Berries, Melons, Peaches, Pineapple
Semi-Hard Cheeses
Rich, nutty, often mild flavors with textures from smooth to holey to flaky.
Cheddar, Edam, Gouda Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling Apples, Grapes, Peaches, Pears
Emmentaler, Swiss Champagne, Gewurtzraminer, Riesling Apples, Grapes, Peaches, Pears
Gruyère, Provolone Amarone, Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Sauternes, Sauvignon Blanc, Port Grapes, Melons, Peaches, Pineapple
Hard Cheeses
Aged cheeses with intense, sharp flavors.
Aged Asiago Bardolino, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Rioja, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc Apples, Pears
Parmesan Burgundy, Chianti, Merlot, Riesling Apples, Figs, Grapes
Romano Amarone, Barbesco, Barolo, Chianti, Zinfandel Melons, Mangos
Hispanic-Style Cheeses (Quesos)
Hispanic cheeses run the gamut of flavors and textures, and then some. Below are three popular Mexican cheeses suitable for wine and cheese pairing.
Asadero (semi-soft, a cross between Mozzarella and Monterey Jack) Champagne, Chardonnay Apples, Peaches, Pears
(hard, pungent, similar to Parmesan)
Chardonnay, Riesling Bananas, Berries, Mangos
Queso Blanco (fresh, crumbly, similar to Monterey Jack) Dry Rosé Grapes, Pears, Raisins
Blue-Veined Cheeses
Intensely sharp, pungent, earthy flavors, aromatic with smooth-to-crumbly textures.
Blue, Gorgonzola, Roquefort Amarone, Moscato, Port, Sauternes Apples, Grapes, Pears
Stilton Port Pears
Goat Cheeses
Sharp, tangy flavors and textures ranging from soft and crumbly to hard, depending on aging.
Chèvre, Feta Champagne, Chenin Blanc, Pouilly Fume, Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc Apples, Pears, Peaches

Now that you have this chart go ahead and impress your guests by providing them with an assortment of cheese, wines and fruits to satisfy any palate. 

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What are some of your favorite wine and cheese pairings?  

white wine and cheese pairings

I enjoy Liberty Creek Wines, and Moscato is my favorite especially when paired with Goat Cheese and slices of pears.  

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In the Raw MommyParty with Family, Friends & Fudge

In The Raw Disclosure

‘Tis the season for spending time with family and friends and if you throw in some homemade fudge it’s even better.  It seems as though we are all running around a mile a minute so it’s nice to slow down, take a breather and have fun with our loved ones.  

Getting together last Friday night with friends was a cause for celebration, we laughed, played games, decorated the tree and ate some delicious fudge that I

had made with Monk Fruit in the Raw.

Fudge made with Monk Fruit in the Raw

Eating fudge brings back so many wonderful childhood memories and by using Monk Fruit in the Raw, a zero calorie sweetener, it made for a great adult indulgence.

fudge made with Monk Fruit In The Raw

Ingredients for this sweet treat:

2 1/2 cups of Monk Fruit in the Raw

1/4 cup butter

1 small can evaporated milk

1 jar Mamarshmallow fluff

3/4 tsp salt

3/4 tsp vanilla

1 package semi-sweet chocolate

Mix the first five ingredients, stirring over low heat until blended

Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring slowly

Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and chocolate until melted.

Pour into a buttered 9×9″ pan and cool

Cut into bite size pieces or roll into balls and sprinkle with confectioners sugar

Family and Friends having fun on a Friday night

Sitting around laughing and playing games was a great way to kick off a holiday weekend.  We even sweeten the tree with a few boxes of Monk Fruit in the Raw!

Decorating the tree   

What sweet treat brings back childhood memories for you?  

Family Fun Night

It was nice having Kayla home from college for the holidays!  Friday night turned into a family fun game night

Taking a break from trimming the tree

We took a break from decorating

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Friday night is fun with shared with friends

Friday night spent with family, friends and fudge made with Monk Fruit in the Raw, what more could you ask for?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!