A look into how cheese and wine speak the same language
Sip, savour, and embark on the convergence of language in describing both cheese and wine. Now, you might be wondering, “What do these cheesy delights and my favourite vino have in common?” Well, my friends, grab a glass of wine, and let’s explore this tantalising fusion together.
In the lexicon of flavours and aromas, we often discover that cheese and wine share a common vocabulary. Ever heard someone speak of a wine’s “barnyard” or “earthy” aroma? Surprisingly, these descriptors often find a parallel in certain cheeses. Picture a Camembert – its soft, creamy texture coupled with an earthy, mushroom-like aroma might evoke the rustic charm of a red wine’s bouquet.
Consider the term “terroir,” frequently used in the world of wine to denote the influence of a region’s climate, soil, and environment on taste. Astonishingly, cheese too can be shaped by terroir. Just as a grapevine’s roots absorb the essence of the soil, the diet of a cow, sheep, or goat can influence the flavour of their milk, and consequently, the cheese crafted from it. Terroir, my friends, extends beyond the vineyards into the realm of cheese.
Let’s not overlook the enchanting tasting notes we encounter in the world of wine. Phrases like “fruity,” “spicy,” or “herbaceous” effortlessly traverse the grapevines and find their place in cheese tastings. Picture a Gouda with fruity and semi-hard characteristics, reminiscent of tropical fruits, or a blue cheese boasting a spicy element that imparts a unique kick to your palate.
SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE.
Now, the world of wine and cheese isn’t without its share of perplexities. Ever heard someone label a wine as “buttery”? It’s a term commonly used to describe wines with a creamy, smooth texture. Intriguingly, it’s also employed to depict certain types of cheese. Take Brie or Camembert, for instance; their rich, buttery taste and melt-in-your-mouth texture may evoke the velvety experience of a Chardonnay.
If you remain unconvinced about the interplay between cheese and wine language, let’s delve into pairings. Just as we meticulously select a wine to complement our favourite cheese, we can equally choose a cheese that perfectly harmonises with our preferred bottle of vino. The beautiful dance between wine and cheese revolves around discovering that equilibrium, that harmonious pairing where flavours sing together in perfect unison. So, dear friends, experiment with your wine and cheese pairings, and let your taste buds be your guide.
The language of cheese and wine shares more than a passing resemblance. From earthy aromas to fruity notes and the concept of terroir, myriad similarities await discovery. As you host your next wine and cheese soiree, dazzle your guests with your newfound knowledge of the lexicon that unites these two culinary pleasures.
De Grendel Merlot
Possessing a delicate and plush palate, De Grendel’s Merlot is a fine friend of cheese. Vibrant redcurrant emboldens the core of black cherries and herbaceous lavender. The Merlot vineyards are situated a mere 7km from the moderating Atlantic Ocean that shares a cool breeze in the otherwise warm summer days of the West Coast. This allows the grapes to retain healthy acidity while ripening fully. The wine is matured in a variety of new and old French Oak barrels. Pour into a big hearty glass and serve at around 15 °C. Decanting into your favourite decanter is always encouraged, of course.