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What Wine Should You Pair With Which Cheese?

During a casual Twitter conversation on Monday morning, it was revealed that Washington State University Creamery has a wine suggestion list for their famous Cougar Cheese made on campus at Ferdinand's.

The Creamery say it ultimately comes down to personal preference, but they asked some regional wineries to express their opinion about pairings.

Most wineries say Cougar Gold is best with Viognier, Savignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. One winery in particular suggests an acidic wine with minimal sweetness to cut the cheese's butter fat. Otherwise the taste buds are covered completely. 

  • White Wine: Savingnon Blanc, a crisp Riesling, Pinot Gris or Chardonnay
  • Red Wines: Merlot or Lemberger.

This might be a fun tasting event for your Thanksgiving holiday or save it for the December holidays. When the weather gets colder, a good kick in the taste buds might be in order with the Viking Fire. In general, dry red wines are recommended with their flavored Viking cheeses. The wines should be light to medium in body and maybe fruity.

  • Red Wine: Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Gamay and light Zinfandels.
  • White Wine: Chenin Blanc, White Riesling or even a Gewurztraminer.

WSU stresses that these are just opinions, but a good gathering of friends could come up with their own pairings. Drink responsibly!

Share: What is your suggested pairing? 

@SpokaneGopher says: I actually like Cougar Gold with syrah. Something like a Dusted Valley Stained Tooth. (Via Twitter)

Online: Learn more about cheese pairings with wine and how to obtain Cougar Cheese. Once you've consumed all the cheese, what will you do with those empty cans? The Creamy has a solution for that too. 

Video Courtesy of Washington State University Creamery

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