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Jan 2, 2009 12:36 PM

What cheese pairs best with a Cab ?


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  1. The one that you enjoy most.

    1. What Zin said.

      However, a good Manchego is an excellent option. Other very good options include strong cheddar and aged gouda. Basically, most medium-strong, preferably aged, hard cheeses are going to pair well.

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      1. re: whiner

        I've read specifically that you do NOT pair Manchego with a high tannic wine. Hmm. Lemme 2x check.

        1. re: 914NYC

          I would pair it with a New World Cab in a heartbeat. Maybe I can see the problem with a Bordeaux. But not with a fruit forward New World Cab. I think it would be a good pairing...

          1. re: 914NYC

            >>> I've read specifically that you do NOT pair Manchego with a high tannic wine. <<<

            Why? What if one LIKES the pairing of Manchego and a young, tannic Cabernet. Are they wrong? Should they be arrested? Shot? Or should they be congratulated for finding a cheese-and-wine pairing that works for them???

            1. re: zin1953

              Drizzled with some olive oil and you just spelled my name there! I hope everyone put the guns down...

            2. re: 914NYC

              I'm not sure of your source, but I have no problem with this pairing. If you are concerned, serve some walnuts with the cheese. The tannins in the walnuts will make the wine seem "smooth," and virtually tannin free. Or, you could decant the Cab for a while, before serving. This will give the drinker the impression that the wine is less tannic.

              Still, I love Manchego with reds, younger or older. Maybe a personal quirk.


            3. re: whiner

              Agree and would add a dry-aged Jack.

              I find that most softer cheeses do not do so well with reds. Yes, that is a broad brush, but I'm speaking in broad generalities here.

              Keep it hard, and aged, from light to medium-bodied and you stand a good chance of enjoying the pairing.


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                That's what she said................

                1. re: TonyO

                  Took me a minute, and I still almost did not catch on - good one! Note to self: read and re-read each line you type, as there could be more than one meaning...

                  Thanks for the laugh. Sorry I was so slow on the uptake.


                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    Gald you liked it! I like to try to put a little humor on CH.

            4. could vary slightly depending on the particular Cab, but as whiner said, you can't go wrong with a strong cheddar or aged gouda (like you, 914NYC, i don't know that i'd do a Manchego - that would be better with a Rioja, or an Amontillado sherry).

              you could also consider Parm, Gruyere, or Reblochon.

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                I paired an 12 months aged manchego with worked well.

              2. Stilton cheese made in England is not only the best but the only cheese that pairs with cab. Be sure to buy only the Stilton made in Nottinghamshire as the Leicestershire, and Derbyshire Stiltons are far inferior and are a rip off. All inexpensive bleu cheeses are selling you a fantasy that will surely disappoint.

                Also, don't drink just any Cabernet, it must be a

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                1. re: george2

                  I am sorry, but I have to disagree. While I love various Stiltons, I feel that it is NOT the only cheese that pairs with a Cab. Obviously, our palates differ greatly.

                  Not sure if you meant to end your post prematurely, but the last line is hanging. What IS your suggested Cab?


                2. zin1953 is right on the money....enjoy what you enjoy...especially the company you are sharing it with. Also, George2, that is just your opinion which you are entitled to. There are many great American blues that make European cheese makers something to think about. I witnessed this first hand at the 2006 International Food Show in NYC where a small Farmstead cheese maker from Connecticut got every rep from the European pavillon at his booth wondering how in the world did he make such great cheese.
                  And in makes a better pairing with cheese...low alc and bubbles, perfect!