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Wine and food have complemented each other for thousands of years. Wine comes into its own at the dinner table thanks to its moderate alcohol, refreshing acidity, and sheer range of flavours. It is worth knowing some successful pairings of food and wine that have stood the test of time.

With Cheeses
Cheese and wine can be a wonderful combination, but pairing them is not as easy as many people think. The diverse flavours and textures of different cheeses mean that anything from a sweet white to a fortified red can be served successfully.

Blue cheeses
A sweet wine is generally required. Roquefort and Sauternes-style dessert wine is a classic combination.

Brie
Light, fruity reds.

Camembert
Light and fruity reds, but can also be paired with whites such as Chardonnay.

Goat’s cheese
Sauvignon Blanc or a similar crisp, dry white.

Gruyère and Emmenthal
Red wines such as Shiraz, Cabernet-Shiraz blends, or Merlot. However, Riesling can work well, too.

Mature Cheddar
Good Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or tawny port.

Mozzarella
Unoaked Chardonnay.

Goat’s cheese
Sauvignon Blanc or a similar crisp, dry white.

Sheep’s cheese
Sweeter styles of white wine like Riesling and Muscat, as well as spicy reds.

Traditional English hard cheeses
Cool-climate, dry whites such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc.

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