Criss Smiley from Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods in Pelham talks to us about the best wine and cheese pairings!
Pairing the right wine and cheese can seem like a daunting task, so we went to the experts at Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods in Pelham to try and make sense of the best wine and cheese pairings!
Wine and cheese
Wine and cheese have always made a perfect pairing, but how do you know the best way to combine these two culinary delights?
1. Start with something you know
The first step might seem obvious but start with a wine or a cheese that you know. Starting with a wine that you enjoy for example and finding a cheese to pair with it is much easier than trying two unknown flavors and hoping that they’ll be to your taste.
2. Don’t focus on ratings or price
There’s nothing more disappointing than buying an expensive bottle of wine only to find out that you actually prefer the taste of a cheap ‘one star’ wine. Spend less time worrying about price and ratings initially and focus more on flavors that you know you’ll enjoy.
3. Try to match similar flavors
If you find a mild cheese that you enjoy try pairing it with a mild wine like a mild red or chardonnay. If you have a real acidic cheese you want to match it with a real strong acidic flavored wine.
4. Don’t be afraid to consult the experts
There’s nothing wrong with admitting that you’re in over your head! Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone like the Smiley Brothers for help. They know more about wine than most people and have encountered all kinds of pairings and can help guide you to something that will definitely agree with your palate.
Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods
The Smiley Brothers culinary craft started back in a small family restaurant in southwestern Pennsylvania. They’ve been working for years to develop quality recipes that not only capture the fine art of enhancing flavors and textures, but also look and smell as amazing as they taste! Their goal is to provide customers with the highest quality food and a staff that is knowledgeable and passionate about amazing food.
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