We all know that a tasty chicken dish calls for a fine white wine. We love to serve a chilled Chardonnay with this Cabot favorite - Chicken with Creamy Cheddar Rice. And what better pairing is there than fresh seafood with a great white wine. Try this delightful recipe for Crab Cakes with Horseradish Cheddar served with your favorite white wine for a delightful dining experience. Or for an appetizer that will surely impress your guests, try Cabot Seriously Sharp Shrimp Focaccia served with a dry white wine.
A fresh and fruity Chardonnay is a heavenly match for milder cheese varieties, enhancing the creaminess of a Mild Cheddar or Colby Jack cheese with just the right whisper of sweet. Also try with crab cakes, seafood, poultry and salads.
Wine Characteristics: Medium bodied, apples, pears, toasty, dry
Cheese Pairings: Mild Cheddar, Colby Jack
A bright, light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc with hints of citrus will never overpower the freshness and milder qualities of a Monterey Jack nor get lost in the more complex flavors of an herbed cheese. Also try with oysters on the half-shell, flaky white fish or quiche.
Wine Characteristics: Light bodied, citrus, grassy, crisp, dry
Cheese Pairings: Garlic & Herb, Monterey Jack
The higher acidity of a Pinot Grigio pairs beautifully with creamy, milder cheeses, gently cleansing the palate to let the cheese rise to the top. Also try with a ham and cheese melt or seafood risotto.
Wine Characteristics: Light bodied, pears, melons, refreshing, dry
Cheese Pairings: Mild, Tuscan
The playful sweet and fruity flavors of a Moscato flirts with smooth and flavorful cheeses and will put a smile on your face when paired with spicier cheese favorites. Also try with fresh fruit or spicy ethnic cuisine such as Indian, Latin or Thai.
Wine Charactersistics: Light bodied, orange blossom, lemon zest, aromatic, off dry
Cheese Pairings: Muenster, Pepper Jack
The combination of acid, sugars and fruit of a Riesling nicely offset zestier, spicier cheeses. A refreshing combination. Also try with sushi.
Wine Characteristics: Light bodied, Stone Fruits, Peach Blossoms, Delicate, off Dry
Cheese Pairings: Hot Habanero, Smoky Bacon
Try a bright white blend with more complex and flavorful foods. These wines have the table manners to sit back and let spicier cheeses take center stage. Also try with white fish such as sea bass, sole or cod, chicken or pork.
Wine Characteristics: Medium bodied, layers of white fruits, crisp and bright
Cheese Pairing: Pepper Jack, Pepper Jack Light, Tomato Basil
Sparkling & Champagne
A dry to off-dry sparkling wine or Champagne is delightful with just about anything. Actually, we can't think of a thing these bubblies don't love. Also try with ... popcorn or potato chips!
Wine Characteristics: Light to medium bodied, apples, citrus, toasty / creamy, dry to off dry
Cheese Pairings: Muenster, Monterey Jack