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Wanneroo Times - - Let's Eat -

IT’S wine more and cheese of an art has than been a science, a tra­di­tion but for pair­ing cen­turies.

Both wine and cheese can have a range of flavour nu­ances, and it can be quite tricky to bal­ance them.

But with a lit­tle bit of re­search and shop­ping around, you can build a bold, de­li­cious flight of cheese and wine that taste in­cred­i­ble to­gether! 1. Un­der­stand the flavour notes of wines and cheeses

When read­ing de­scrip­tions of wine and cheese, keep an eye out for words that will tip you off about their char­ac­ter­is­tics: fruity, acid, creamy, earthy, etc. Dif­fer­ent fam­i­lies of wine and cheese of­ten have flavours they’re fa­mous for, like parme­san’s char­ac­ter­is­tic taste 2. Choose a re­gion to ex­plore

It’s com­mon that wines and cheeses from the same re­gions of­ten taste great to­gether. A sim­i­lar cli­mate and tra­di­tional pair­ing can make their flavours com­ple­men­tary. So if you hap­pen to love wine from north­ern Italy, shop around for cheese from the same area. There’s a like­li­hood it will pair well with your favourite cab sav or chardon­nay. 3. Find flavours that com­ple­ment one another

When pair­ing wine and cheese, it’s a good idea to try to find a bal­ance of the five ba­sic tastes: sweet­ness, salti­ness, bit­ter­ness, sour­ness, and umami. If you have a sweet, creamy cheese, you may want to pair it with a light, more sour and acidic wine. On the flip side, if your cheese is salty and full-bod­ied, you’ll need a fruity, full-bod­ied wine to bal­ance it out. 4. Pay at­ten­tion to tex­ture

Wine and cheese both have a range of mouth-feels that can be as im­por­tant as taste

when pair­ing the two. A meaty, heav­ier cheese may re­quire a bub­bly wine to cut through it. Or a melty, su­per-soft cheese may need a wine with a bit of a bite to bal­ance it out. 5. Talk to the ex­perts

The cheese aisle and the wine aisle both can be daunt­ing, due to the sheer vol­ume of choices pre­sented to the cus­tomer. Talk­ing to some­one who is pas­sion­ate about cheese or wine is help­ful to find ex­actly what you’re look­ing for. Some great cheese shops in­clude the Lit­tle Cheese Shop in Bayswa­ter, Blue Cow Cheese in Bel­mont, Brent­wood Gourmet Deli in Mount Pleas­ant, Lo Presti and Son in East Fre­man­tle, and Hills Gourmet in Kala­munda.

If you’re look­ing for a wine guide, try Chateau Guild­ford in Guild­ford, La Vigna in Menora, Pe­ti­tion Wine Bar in the CBD, or Grand Cru in Mt Law­ley. 6. Take a course

A fun and so­cial way to learn how to put wine and cheese to­gether is to take a course. Cour­ses are of­fered sea­son­ally at Fraser’s Res­tau­rant, or you can book a group class for you and a few friends at The School of Wine. This list was com­piled from, and in­spired by a course, at Fraser’s.

Fraser’s Restau­rants will be hold­ing its first wine and cheese master class this year, The Ul­ti­mate Cheese­board on March 21.

En­joy your wine and cheese.

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