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Cheese With Merlot: A Perfect Food Pairing

April Sullivan
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Cheese With Merlot: A Perfect Food Pairing

In a world filled with concessions and compromises, the coupling of cheese with merlot may stand out as the ultimate in food pairing perfection. Thanks to its versatility and smooth drinkability, merlot is consistently named one of the most popular wines in America. When you pair this liquid goodness with cheese's sublime flavor and texture, the results are spectacular.

Why is merlot and cheese such an incomparable pairing? First, it helps to understand why merlot tastes the way it does.

Why Does Merlot Taste Like Merlot?

To understand the complexities of a wine's flavor profile, you need to break it down into how the grapes are chosen, grown, processed, and aged.

Merlot is made from dark-skinned, blue-black Vitis Vinifera grapes. Their cultivation, processing, and aging result in a smooth-tannin, medium-to-full-bodied wine. Merlot is characterized by soft notes of dark fruits like black cherries, figs, blackberries, and plums and can also have hints of herbs, clove, vanilla, graphite, cedar, and oak.

As for the divine decadence of cheese with merlot, it all comes down to a science.

The Science Behind Cheese And Merlot

Several components play a part in how foods and wines taste together. For a wine, these include:

Merlot is a dry wine with little or no sugar, relatively low tannins, and well-balanced acidity. These factors make a huge impact on a wine's flavor and how it tastes with certain foods. Merlot's low tannins, dryness, and balanced acidity make it an amazingly delectable accompaniment to most cheeses, thanks to their own balanced acidity, creaminess, and dense fat content.

Cheese With Merlot: Perfect Pairings

From wine connoisseurs to Wisconsin cheesemakers, the verdict is in — merlot pairs beautifully with such a wide range of cheeses; anything you choose will be a winner. However, if you're getting ready for that all-important dinner party, here's a quick list of favorite cheeses that pair well with merlot:  

Additionally, milder cheeses such as Havarti, brie, and camembert also pair excellently with merlot, so feel free to experiment. When it comes to cheese with merlot, you truly can't go wrong.

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