Some cheeses go exquisitely with the wines that you will be exploring. We recommend the following:
- Chevre and Whole Grain Crackers with Sancerre
- Drunken Goat® (or any soft goat cheese) and Wafer Thin Crackers with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
- Gruyere and Water Biscuits with Chablis
- Fromager d'Affinois (or Brie) and Baguette with California Chardonnay
- Parmesan alone with Riesling Spätlese
Australian Riesling pairs well with nearly all cheeses, plus it is customary to have an odd number of cheeses on a cheese board, so we will leave our recommendations at five. You may want to pick just three, especially if you are filling out your cheese board with charcuterie and accoutrements.
Observation is a critical component to our tastings, so we strongly recommend that you stick to mild cheeses and be sure to avoid anything pungent (like Camembert). Also avoid any peppery crackers. You will want a clean palate for tasting wine and definitely don't want an overwhelming cheese aroma suffusing the air.
Finally, be sure to ask your guests ahead of time if they have any dietary requirements. Substitute gluten-free crackers or include non-dairy options that are still filling. If a guest has a sensitive allergy it is best to avoid including such foods at all to avoid the risk of cross-contamination. Remember as a welcoming host, your guests' comfort and needs are paramount.