Wine & Cheese: elevating your tasting experience with Plonk's perfect pairings

There's a certain magic that happens when wine and cheese come together. The harmony of flavours, the interplay of textures, and the sheer pleasure of each sip and bite can elevate any gathering into a memorable event. At Plonk, we believe in making these moments as delightful and effortless as possible. Our in-house expertise aims not just to deliver exceptional wines to your doorstep but also to guide you in crafting the perfect pairings with cheese. Let's explore how you can enhance your tasting experience with Plonk's perfect pairings.


The art of pairing

Pairing wine and cheese is an art that involves balancing flavours and textures. The goal is to create a pairing where both the wine and the cheese complement and enhance each other without one overpowering the other. Here are some key principles to keep in mind:

Match intensity: pair bold wines with strong cheeses and lighter wines with more delicate cheeses.

Complement or contrast: complementary pairings match similar flavours, while contrasting pairings bring out different flavours that enhance each other.

Consider texture: crisp, acidic wines cut through creamy cheeses, whereas the tannins in red wines work well with crumbly cheeses.


Plonk's perfect pairings

We weren’t just going to leave you with that though. So we've taken the guesswork out of the equation thanks to our in-house sommelier. Here are a few of our favourite pairings:

  1. Sauvignon Blanc & Goat’s Cheese

The bright acidity and citrus notes of a Sauvignon Blanc are a classic match for the tangy and creamy texture of fresh goat cheese. The wine’s vibrant profile cuts through the richness of the cheese, creating a refreshing and balanced pairing.

  1. Chardonnay & Brie

Chardonnay with a bit of old oak and some butteriness is a sublime match for the creamy and slightly nutty Brie.

  1. Pinot Noir & Camembert

Pinot Noir, with its red fruit flavours and silky tannins, pairs wonderfully with the earthy and creamy Camembert. The wine’s acidity and light body enhance the cheese’s flavours without overwhelming them.

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon & Aged Cheddar

The bold tannins and dark fruit notes of a Cabernet Sauvignon are ideal for an aged Cheddar. The cheese’s sharpness and crumbly texture stand up to the wine’s intensity, creating a robust and satisfying combination.

  1. Rosé & Feta

A crisp, dry rosé with its notes of berries and melon pairs beautifully with the salty and tangy flavours of Feta cheese. This pairing is perfect for a light summer snack or a casual get-together.


Top tips for a perfect tasting experience 

Serve at the right temperature: ensure your wines and cheeses are served at their optimal temperatures to enhance their flavours. Serving either straight from the fridge will lock up all the flavours and greatly impact the experience (in a negative way!).

Taste in order: start with lighter wines and cheeses, and progress to more intense flavours to avoid overwhelming your palate.

Take notes: not obligatory, but if you want to take a keen interest in this area and continually enhance your experiences, keep a journal of your favourite pairings and any new discoveries to refine your palate.


Join the Plonk Community

At Plonk, we’re passionate about bringing you the finest wines and helping you discover new and exciting pairings. Our monthly wine subscription is designed to introduce you to a world of wines, complete with tasting notes and pairing suggestions. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or just starting your wine journey, Plonk offers a curated experience that will elevate your appreciation of wine and cheese.

Join the Plonk community today and start enjoying the perfect pairings delivered right to your door. Cheers to delightful discoveries and unforgettable tasting experiences!


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