Ringing in 2012: Five Cheeses to Pair with Sparkling Wines

Bubbly wines are the perfect match for many cheeses.


Whether it's Prosecco from Italy, Cava from Spain, Champagne from France or sparkling wine from the US, bubbly wines are the perfect match for an array of cheeses. What better way to ring in 2012 than with a cheese plate designed to complement the festive nature of sparkling wine?

Saint Angel is a luxurious triple crème cow’s milk cheese from France. Triple Crème cheeses are rich and buttery with a fluffy texture and fairly mild flavor. They have a high butterfat content, which is balanced out by the refreshing bubbles in sparkling wine. Other triple crèmes to try include Mt. Tam, Kunik.

Cravero Parmigiano Reggiano is an unexpected pairing with a sparkling wine. The soft texture of the cheese helps the bright flavors explode in your mouth. It is slightly sweet, with detectable notes of pineapple, baked bread, and grass. It is balanced with a mild acidity and pair beautifully with a fuller bodied Champagne. 

Pleasant Ridge Reserve is an Alpine style cheese made from raw cow’s milk in Wisconsin. Pleasant Ridge has a nutty, clean flavor and a milky finish that shows off the extremely high quality of the cow's milk. Its rich, dense and balanced flavors pair nicely with sparkling wine such as a Blanc de Noir, which elevates its sweetness and nutty quality.

Garrotxa is a goat's milk cheese produced in the Catalonia region in northern Spain. The flavor is milky and delicate with a hint of nuttiness and a clean, smooth finish. It pairs with just about any sparkling wine but I suggest Cava.

Gorgonzola Cremificato is a dolce (sweet) style Gorgonzola from the Lombardy region of Italy. It is made from raw, cow’s milk and has a mild blue flavor with notes of grass. It pairs beautifully with a sweeter sparkling wine such as demi sec champagne and makes a perfect dessert cheese.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »