Refreshing a Classic Pairing
Wine and cheese is perhaps the most time-honored pairing. The aromas, flavors and textures of wine and cheese offer delightful contrasts, yet come together in a balance of flavor that brings out the best in both. Beaujolais wines are delicious with virtually any mild or aged cheese. The suggested pairings below offer a refreshing take on this classic pairing.
Brie and Moulin-à-Vent
Brie is a soft French cows-milk cheese that is best served very fresh. Its creaminess mingles nicely with the full-bodied wines of Moulin-à-Vent, which give off aromas of iris, spice and ripe fruit after only a few years of aging. The perfect pairing when your main course has left you with an appetite.
Camembert and Juliénas
A soft, white-rinded French cows-milk cheese, Camembert is perhaps Frances favorite fromage. Very rich and just a little strong, Camembert tastes best opposite the earthy, weighty wines of Juliénas. While the Camembert found stateside is delicious, it is made of pasteurized milk. If youre ever lucky enough to visit Normandy, be sure to taste an authentic Camembert, which is made of unpasteurized milk.
Epoisse and Morgon
Epoisse is a soft French cows-milk cheese. Smear-ripened and intensely rich, it is an adventurers cheese that needs an equally bold wine to reach its full potential. Pair Epoisse with a 2009 or 2010 Beaujolais from central Morgon, where the wines are full-bodied and carry aromas of kirsch.
Mimolette and Saint-Amour
Mimolette is a semi-hard French cows-milk cheese that is perfect for snacking. Enjoy it with a Saint-Amour for a pairing thats delicious on its own or after dinner. Mimolette can sometimes be tricky to find, but can be substituted with an aged, sharp cheddar. Mimolette and cheddar often resemble each other in color and flavor, and both taste great with Saint-Amour.
Muenster and Chénas
Muenster is a semi-firm French cows-milk cheese easily identifiable thanks to its reddish rind. Its flavor ranges from mild to sharp depending on the cheeses age. Paired with a two to three-year-old Chénas, a gentler Muenster nicely substitutes dessert when you dont want something swe