If you think the presidential inauguration is the only important thing happening on January 20th, you would be wrong. Here at Proguard, we are making our plans to celebrate National Cheese Lovers Day, which also happens to fall on the 20th. Like us, you probably can’t get enough cheese. Whether it’s extra sharp cheddar, Colby jack, Monterey jack, or any of the other many great cheese varieties, you definitely won’t want to let National Cheese Day come and go without making it a celebratory occasion. But as we all know, nothing goes better with some great cheese than a wonderful glass of wine. If you’re making your plans now for National Cheese Lovers Day on January 20th, here are some of our recommendations for the best wine and cheese pairings.
Cabernet with Extra Sharp Cheddar
Firm, salty, and intense, extra sharp cheddar is not only one of our favorite cheeses here at Proguard, but also one of the most popular around the world. If you too are an extra sharp cheddar cheese fan, try pairing it with a glass of Cabernet. A full-bodied and dry red wine, the Cabernet will use its herbs and dark fruits to draw out the bold flavor of the cheese, resulting in a paradise of taste.
Merlot with Garlic and Herb Cheese
If your taste buds long for sharp and tangy flavors from your cheese, you should definitely try some garlic and herb cheese. As for the perfect wine to go with it, we suggest Merlot. One of the finest wines in the world, a medium or full-bodied Merlot will be the perfect companion to your piece of garlic and herb cheese. When these two meet, the sharp and tangy cheese will accent the wine’s plum, black cherry, and black tea flavors, creating an experience your taste buds will thank you for time and time again.
Zinfandel with Hot Buffalo
One of those wine and cheese combos made in Heaven, Zinfandel with Hot Buffalo cheese is one combination of which not too many people are familiar. However, if you’re the adventurous type when it comes to wine and cheese pairings, give this one a try. Since the Zinfandel is very fruity and spicy, it will go great with the spicy Hot Buffalo cheese, leaving you longing for more.
Chianti with Tomato Basil
Once you put the dry red Italian wine Chianti up against the Mediterranean flavors found in Tomato Basil cheese, you may never go back to any previous wine and cheese combos you’ve loved in the past. Yes, it’s that good. The Chianti, with its smoky plum and cherry flavors, brings out the very best flavors of the Tomato Basil, and is definitely one wine and cheese combo we here at Proguard are moving higher and higher up on our list of favorites.
Chardonnay with Mild Cheddar
While many of us love our extra sharp cheddar, we are also quite fond of an occasional piece of mild cheddar now and then. But when we do eat mild cheddar, we also usually have a glass of Chardonnay in our other hand. A dry, medium-bodied white wine, Chardonnay uses its fruity and crispy apple and pear flavors to accentuate the creaminess and sweetness of the mild cheddar. If you’re looking for a wine and cheese pairing that will be a little lighter and milder than some others, try this one after a hard day at the office.
Champagne with Monterey Jack
If you’re ready to break out the bubbly when eating some cheese, we suggest popping the cork on some Champagne and combining it with some of your favorite Monterey Jack cheese. A sparkling wine that is medium-bodied, champagne is loved for its citrus and apple flavors. Thus, it mixes well with cheeses that are spicy, such as Monterey Jack. However, the good news is that champagne is considered to be so versatile that it can go well with almost any type of cheese, so don’t be shy about trying it with other types of your favorite cheeses.
Now that you know which wines and cheeses go best together, you may want to think about having a great place to store your favorite wines. Since we here at Proguard offer wine storage options for our customers, you may want to stop by one of our seven locations here in Houston to learn more about this. In the meantime, you can call us at 800-487-2135 or visit us online at proguardstorage.com if you have any questions.