Concha y Toro

Concha y Toro 14/01/2015

How to combine wine and fresh cheeses

Mozzarella, ricotta, panela, Oaxaca, goat, feta are some of these cheeses. Discover which is the right wine to pair them with.

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Mozzarella, ricotta, panela, Oaxaca, goat, feta are some of these cheeses. Discover which is the right wine to pair them with.

Combining wine and cheese is always an enriching experience for both experts and amateurs. The large number of possible pairings between these elements allows playing and discovering very different sensations, depending on the type of wine and cheese that you are tasting.

Here we give you a list of pairing suggestions to accompany fresh cheeses with Concha y Toro wines.

The main characteristic of these cheeses is that they haven’t been aged and they are, as their name implies, fresh, with a smooth texture and delicate flavor. The way these cheeses are produced makes them light and creamy, so they can also be spread like butter.

Pairings:

Quesos FrescosMozarella: – Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay. Being a fresh and soft cheese with firm texture, we recommend a wine with good fruit and acidity, a touch of oak and pleasant fruitiness as Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay, a combination of great balance.

Burratta: – Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Sauvignon Blanc.  A medium cheese with firm texture, ideal to pair with Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Sauvignon Blanc, a dry white wine with good presence in the mouth.

Mascarpone: – Trio Merlot. A medium cheese whose creamy texture with a lot of fat makes it ideal to pair with a medium-tannic wine to balance the fat. Our recommendation is Trio Merlot, a combination of great balance.

Ricotta: – Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir. One of the characteristics of ricotta cheese is its soft texture that crumbles easily and melts in the mouth. It is ideal to serve with a light-bodied red wine with delicate level of tannins and aromatically fruity. Our recommendation is Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir, a different pairing where you will achieve an interesting harmony.

Panela: – Trio Chardonnay. The soft, firm texture and delicate acidity of Panela cheese seek to stand out with a wine of great fruit expression and balanced in mouth. Our recommendation: Trio Chardonnay.

Oaxaca: – Casillero del Diablo Shiraz Rosé. Oaxaca is a medium cheese on the palate, with a delicate touch of salt, derived from the serum, as well as its firm texture. Our ideal recommendation: Casillero del Diablo Shiraz Rosé, which equals its intensity and makes the perfect complement.

Goat: – Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc. Acidity is one of the characteristics of natural goat cheese as well as its creamy and rough texture in the mouth. An ideal pairing is a creamy, medium-bodied white wine like Sauvignon Blanc Terrunyo, which covers the rough mouthfeel and balances the acidity, achieving a unique harmonization.

Feta: – Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Chardonnay. A cheese of medium intensity and smooth texture. Highly recommended with our Chardonnay Gran Reserva Serie Riberas, which has 9 months of aging in oak, being a medium-bodied wine with a pleasant aftertaste in the mouth, where both complement each other to express their qualities.