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The Big Cheese

There are many different characters you can make in romance tales. For example, a debonair man is one who appreciates the finer things in life; someone with suave characteristics, sophisticated charm, and exquisite taste. He should have knowledge of the arts, fine wines, and exotic foods.

Recently, I was in the grocery store and came across a booklet describing cheeses, their uses, and the wines which best compliment them. Skimming through this book made me reckon about debonair characters and their knowledge of wines and cheeses.

Since the holidays are approaching I thought I’d share some information with you that could be useful if you want to share a romantic evening with someone special. This might also provide a small research information if you have a debonair character who might need some concrete details to make him convincingly high-class.

France

Brie – a soft cheese, generally used as a spread on crackers or for baking. Best with Riesling, Vouvray, or Beaujolais wines.

Petit Basque – an after-dinner cheese best served with nuts and dates, plus some Pinot Noir wine.

Brillat Savarin – used as a table cheese or in canapes. It goes well with light, white wines.

Italy

Provolone – excellent for grilling or on sandwiches, and goes well with any Merlot.

Mozzarella – obviously pizza! but also general baking. Italian red wines or Frascati taste well with mozzarella.

Ricotta Salata – usually used as a filler, as in lasagna. Try Pinot or Chianti with it.

Switzerland

Gruyere – a table cheese more commonly used in melted form in fondue. With Gruyere, try burgundy wines or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Raclette – this cheese is used over grilled vegetables or potatoes and goes fantastic with Chardonnay.

Hispanic

Queso Melt – cheese dip, obviously! This is best partnered with beer, not wine.

Drunken Goat – this coarse spreadable is usually served on crusty bread or with grapes. Bold red wines and Cabernet Sauvignon contrast its flavor best.

Germany

Limburger is used on sandwiches or with potatoes. Ales or heavy reds go well with it – nothing light or fruity!

Scandinavia

Jarlsberg – this is a snack cheese serves with fruits or desserts. Any wine or beer works.

Greece

Feta – we know about using this on salads, but it also bakes and goes with potatoes. Chardonnay is the pairing of choice.

Holland

Edam – eaten on sandwiches or with breakfast. Pinot Noir accompanies Edam best.

(Vincent) Gouda – Gouda is another snack cheese also served with breakfast. The Vincent variety works with fruits and sauces, as well. The wines of choice for regular Gouda are Chablis and Beaujolais, while Zinfandel and Merlot go with the Vincent Gouda.

England

(White) Stilton – a table cheese eaten most often with port wine. The White variety of Stilton is a dessert or soup cheese and goes best with (of course) dessert wines.

It’s very simple to place a platter together if you don’t have a lot of time to prepare. You may even get creative in presentation and impress your guest. Let your taste buds have an enjoyable time exploring with all the flavors these drinks and cheeses have to offer.

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