The right wine

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 July, 2005, 12:00am

As a general rule, pair red wine with hard, aged cheese, and white wine with soft, milder cheese. The most important thing is to avoid pairings where one overpowers the other. A good idea is to match cheese and wine from the same region:

Comte + Beaujolais or Burgundy;

Parmigiano Reggiano + Chianti, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling;

Cheddar + Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling or Syrah;

Gruyere + Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Riesling or Chardonnay.