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Wine and Cheese Pairings You Need to Try for Thanksgiving Dinner

In most Miami households, Thanksgiving is all about family gatherings, feasting, roasted turkey, and obviously, wine. 

It’s the one time of the year you can gather with your friends and family and drink wine to your heart’s content. But with all the wine drinking, you’re bound to get hungry before the massive feast is served, so what do you do?

We suggest snacking on cheese to make your wine taste even better while you wait for the turkey. You can also snack on cheese after dinner, don’t worry, we won’t judge you. 

But if you’re going to snack on cheese while you enjoy your wine, you better do it right. Here are some of our favorite wine and cheese pairings you should try out with your friends and family this Thanksgiving.  

Syrah and fresh goat cheese

Fresh goat cheese happens to be one of the most versatile cheese in our books and plain goat cheese goes with almost anything even turkey. 

You can enjoy the goat cheese log with some brown sugar and a bottle of Rodney Strong Syrah. Together, these two are a mouthwatering combination, perfectly complementing and balancing each other out. 

If you’re into white wine, try some Bonterra Viognier with your vanilla goat cheese for a sweeter combination. 

Gruyere cheese and Pinot Noir 

If you’re someone who loves cheese, you already know about the nutty, earthy flavors found in a firm cheese like Gruyere. No other cheese can compare to the flavor and richness of Gruyere, which is why it happens to be one of our favorites. 

But how do you elevate cheese that is already perfect? We suggest cracking open a bottle of Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is well known for its ever-present red berry and fruity flavor that’ll perfectly balance the complexity of Gruyere cheese. 

Both these combined will work in harmony, not overpowering the other but working in a harmonious blend in your mouth. 

Brie and Champagne 

This is a classic combination that can be found at many wine tastings and wine and cheese pairings. The combination works because the soft texture of the creamy cheese needs something acidic and sharp to help balance it out and nothing is more perfect for this job than Champagne. 

The highly acidic and stinging bubbles of Champagne, combined with the thick and creaminess of Brie are the perfect contrast you’re looking for. 

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