Soft Ripened Cheeses
Soft-ripened cheeses aren’t cut and dry. Quite the
opposite, in fact. Two subgroups exist within this
category of cheese – bloomy rinds, characterized by a
soft, white exterior, and washed rinds, whose orange
color and stronger aroma distinguishes it from all
Because these cheeses often coat the mouth, a highly
acidic wine is in order. For Ile de France Brie
, light to medium reds are recommended.
Which one you prefer is up to you, but we suggest
French vins such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris
and Loire Valley Chening.
For triple-cremes, like St. Andre
, try sparkling wines,
light to medium reds made with Gamay or Pinot Noir,
and whites made with Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay or
With washed rinds, like Chaumes
, Saint Albray
Epoisses, successful pairings can be found in
medium-bodied to sweeter expressions, such as
Rieslings, Muscatos and Gewurztraminers, all of which
offer delightful, delicious contrasts.
If you prefer a brew with your Brie, let us suggest Kriek
Beer, a sweet, sparkling Belgian Lambic with intense
notes of ripe cherries. Black-currant infused Kir Royale
might also suit you as the palate-cleansing champagne
prepares you for the next bite.
When choosing a pairing for your soft-ripened fromage,
keep in mind that taste is a matter of personal
preference. While good pairings do take some thought,
you don’t have to be a connoisseur to uncover a