How to Create the Perfect Wine and Cheese Pairing
Expert Ilse Chun Shares Her Secrets
Tomorrow is National Wine Day, and National Cheese Day follows close behind (June 4), so in celebration of this perfect pairing of holidays, here are some tips for wine and cheese pairing. We’ve also included some out-of-this-world recommendations from the experts at Napa Valley’s custom wine and cheese pairing firm, IJK Cheese Company, founded by James Ayers, the cheese specialist; Ilse Chun, the wine specialist; and Kris Chun, the business mind.
There are two ways to pair wine with cheese: pair like with like, or pair opposites. For example, acidic wine and acidic cheese share a common aspect and complement one another (e.g. sauvignon blanc and goat cheese), or an acidic wine may need a creamy cheese to balance it (like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich--the acid and the fat work together). Read On →