10 Mar Spanish Wine and Cheese Pairing
Choosing a good pairing is not easy even more when it comes to wine and cheese! How many wines, how many cheeses do we have in Spain, well, a lot!
If we consider that we have more than 80 types of cheese with 23 of them classified as Protected Designation of Origin (D.O.P – Denominación de Origen Protegida) and 69 types of wine (regions) with the D.O label, according to the respected ICEX, then when it comes to buy a cheese and a bottle of wine, it can become a dilemma.
There are no rules about a good harmony between Spanish wine and cheese. The most important thing is to enjoy that moment with pleasure. As an advice, it is important to find a wine that can go well along with different varieties of cheese, so you can serve it during the whole dinner at home.
Just to mention a few local examples, with a fresh and dry white wine from the Penedès or even a Rosé, Food Lover would recommend a soft pasteurized cow or goat cheese from Cantabria or L’Alt D’Urgell.
With a red wine from the Priorat, we would suggest a strong “curado” goat or sheep cheese, blue cheese like Valdeón can also be a good option or even a fermented cheese such as a Gaztazarra.
Wine is not the only drink that can be paired. You can also pair cheese with beer, don’t be shy! For example a good light beer can be paired with a soft cow cheese.
Oh! And it goes without saying that chocolate is also a great pairing with wine AND beer! But that’s another story…