Pinotage Cheese Pairing

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Cheese and wine is probably my favorite Friday night meal. Add some sliced apple and a small bowl of olives and I’m ready to welcome the weekend.

Pinotage cheese pairing needs to match the wine’s smoke, meat, and earth flavors to the cheese. Pair Pinotage with creamy cheese, like brie, smoked cheese, like gouda, and aged cheese, like cheddar.

Here’s what you need to know about Pinotage cheese pairing.

Pairing Pinotage: Wine Profile

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Pinotage, a South African varietal, entices the palate with its complex flavor profile. From the fruit-forward notes reminiscent of berries to the earthy undertones and a touch of smokiness, Pinotage is a unique red wine that you’ll want to spend a hot moment thinking about when considering your pairing options.

Helpful Tip: Check out this complete guide to Pinotage wine.

What Cheese Pairs with Pinotage Wine?

Pinotage Cheese Pairing: Creamy Cheeses

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Soft cheeses like Brie and Camembert make for exquisite partners with Pinotage. The velvety, creamy texture of these cheeses contrasts with the wine’s smokiness, creating a delightful textural and flavor medley.

  • Brie
  • Camembert

Pinotage Cheese Pairing: Semi-Hard Cheeses

pinotage cheese pairing - smoked gouda

Semi-hard cheeses work with Pinotage as well, consider the rich and flavorful profiles of Gouda, Cheddar, Provolone, Edam, and Gruyere. These cheeses offer a balance of intensity that complements the more robust nature of Pinotage. The interplay of the wine’s smoky notes with the nutty and slightly sweet undertones of these cheeses creates a beautiful synergy.

  • Smoked Gouda
  • Aged Cheddar
  • Provolone
  • Edam
  • Gruyere

Personal Note: My go-to cheese-paring for big red wines is an aged white cheddar. I keep this on hand all of the time for when guests come over last minute, or I don’t want to cook on a Friday night. Aged cheddar and Pinotage both marry beautifully together and you really can’t go wrong.

Pinotage Cheese Pairing: Aged Cheeses

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For those who appreciate the depth of flavor, hard cheeses like Parmesan, Manchego, and their pungent counterparts can elevate the Pinotage experience. The intense, salty notes of aged cheeses resonate with the wine’s complexity, delivering an aged elegance that lingers on the taste buds.

  • Parmesan
  • Manchego
  • Pecorino
  • Asiago

Helpful Wine Pairing Tip: Salt can make wines seem fruitier and smoother, which is important for a savory wine like Pinotage. Check out more wine and flavor pairing tricks here.

Pinotage Cheese Pairing Tips

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Finding the Perfect Match

Achieving the perfect Pinotage cheese pairing is an art. Consider the intensity of both the wine and cheese. Pinotage is a BIG RED wine, so go for more flavorful pungent, and aromatic cheeses.

Texture Tango

Explore the texture contrast or harmony between the wine and cheese. A creamy cheese can soften the tannins of Pinotage, while a crumbly cheese can enhance its structure.

Discover: Red Wine Pairing Guide (for all the other reds in your cellar).

Final Thoughts – Pinotage Cheese Pairing

Get yourself a cheese from each of the three categories above: creamy, semi-hard, and aged. Put together a charcuterie board and host your own wine and cheese pairing with your next bottle of Pinotage. Each cheese is going to bring out different qualities and flavors in your Pinotage, which will be a delightful sensory exploration.

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