Mr C Wine Cellar Cheese and wine pairing Taste Sensation
- Three Meat selections
- Seasonal fruits
- Two cheese selections
- Seasonal extras include olives, marmalade and pickles.
- 1 Bottle of Wine
Staying at Mr C Harties offers many activities and fun things to do. The autumn weather is creeping in for the Easter weekend. The room you have booked into is spacious with a large bed, ideal for reading and afternoon naps. The view from your room and the balcony stretches across the Hartebeespoort Dam. The menu at Mr C offers an excellent variety to suit your taste.
A romantic night away needs something extra special.
Wine has been with us since ancient times. Out of all alcoholic drinks, wine has had a significant impact on society. The trade of wine between cultures opened up channels for religious and philosophical ideas to spread worldwide.
Wine is close to being the perfect pairing with cheese and meats. The freshness of the wine, acidity and aromatic notes balance well with a meat and cheese plate.
A few wine and cheese pairing tips:
- Try not to pair an intense wine with a mild cheese. The combinations should balance instead of overpowering flavours.
- Experiment. Everyone prefers different combinations.
- Pair soft cheese pairs well with sparkling wine or white wine. The pairing is ideal for afternoon tastings.
- Aged cheese six months or older are best served with full-bodied wine to compliment the bold flavours.
White wine is a perfect match for cheese and generally pairs better than red wine. The freshness of the white wine and the aromatic notes balance well with many kinds of cheese. The combination of sweetness and acidity is perfect.
Here are a few ideas about what to drink with your selection of meats and cheeses.
To start the pairing with flair, try a brie cheese with bubbly wine.
- Hard cheeses pair well with a Cabernet Sauvignon red wine.
- Cheddar could pair well with a Sauvignon blanc.
- Goat cheese and light wine wines go together like goats in Rome do.
- Mozzarella cheese can pair well with a Chardonnay white wine or a Pinot Noir red wine.
Red and white wine pairing Ideas
White wine is close to being the perfect match for cheese and generally pairs better than red wine.
However, it is essential to pair the right wine with the right cheese because of the cheese and wine character.
The milder and sweeter white wines complement cheese better than the robust tannins of red wines.
Sweetness and acidity give a nice balance. White wines are both sweet and acidic simultaneously, and this combination generally goes very well with cheese.
Try to avoid serving very dry white wines with cheese. Instead, aim for varieties with a bit of residual sugar because the sugar in wine pairs nicely with cheese.
The slightly sweeter varieties, like a Chenin Blanc, has a beautiful balance between sweetness and acidity. A good pairing idea is to serve full-bodied cheeses with full-bodied wines. Light cheeses, such as cream cheese, go best with a crisp white wine.
Sweetness and salt combination with cheese and wine pairings
Very salty and complex cheeses, such as blue cheeses, go well with a bit of sweetness. Figs are always a winner when you enjoy a cheese plate with a glass of wine.
The sweetness in the fruit and wine embraces the salty tastes of the cheese.
The Basics of Red Wine and Cheese Pairing
You might be wondering if pairing cheese with red wine is any different than white wine. Yes, it is. Red wine is full of tannins that change your taste experience.
How Are Red and White Wines Different?
On the most superficial level, it comes down to the grapes. Red wine is generally made with red and darker grapes, while white wines made with light, pink, or white grapes. There are exceptions to this.
Fruit is Your Friend when pairing wines.
Matching the strength of your wine to your cheese is a crucial step in finding your perfect pairing. Many varieties of red wines like cabernet sauvignon or malbec can overpower the flavour of delicate cheeses. It is good to pair bold red wines with intensely flavoured cheeses to balance your tasting. A light red wine is mild with soft tannins and will pair well with cheese.
Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is known as the seduction red wine. A taste sensation pairing to try is a Pinot Noir red wine with mild cheddar or blue cheese.
Cabernet SauvignonCabernet Sauvignon is a full body red wine and will pair well with bold flavour cheeses like aged cheddar or pungent camembert cheese.
Experiment when pairing wine
There are many possibilities, so the best tip is to experiment and be open to exciting combinations and flavours.
You walk past the bar at Mr C Harties, stop at the hole in the floor and carefully climb down into the cellar. On the wooden table, there is a selected seasonal plate of cheese, fruits and meats. The two wine glasses are shiny clean, and the bottle of wine you choose is ready to open. You pour two glasses and settle in for a romantic evening for two in the wine cellar with a taste sensation unfolding.
There is no right or wrong. Choose the wine you like and enjoy your pairing.
To book your romantic wine and cheese taste sensation at Mr C Harties, please book in advance to prepare everything perfect for you.
P.S. You might turn into a wine and cheese romantic after you book your wine cellar experience at Mr C Harties.
Contact Mr C Harties
Tel: +27 65 843 5238