Once again, science has proven something we already know: cheese makes wine taste better! We’ve been pushing wine and cheese pairings for basically forever, but now we’ve got some cold hard facts about how and why wine and cheese were meant to be.
Thanks to the Journal of Food Science, we learned about a study where locals from the wine-loving town of Dijon, France snacked on cheese and wine over five days, then gave some feedback about what they experienced and tasted. The wine contenders: Pancherenc, Sancerre, Bourgogne, and Madiran. The cheeses: Epoisses, Comte, Roquefort, and Crottin de Chavignol. Each of the wines were tasted with and without cheese, and low and behold – no one disliked any of the wines paired with the cheeses. Actually, the participants reported that the wine tasted even BETTER when it was being munched on with some cheese.
The cheese increased the aroma of the wine for the better, and decreased the duration of the acidity of the red wines – basically, the wine smelled better and tasted less bitter. The cheese had no negative impact on the wines, which should make all of you cheeselovers happy. Science says pair your wine with any cheese you like, and who are we to argue? While we love perfecting wine and cheese pairings, you can’t go wrong with no matter what wine or cheese you pick.
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