Want some cheese with that wine? Whether you’re celebrating solo or hosting a full house this holiday season, it helps to know some classic, tried-and-true wine and cheese combinations. It also helps to understand the part climate plays in determining a wine’s flavor, acidity and cheese-pairing potential.
Wine grapes thrive best in certain climates, and while temperature is a key influencer, so, too, is the elevation of the land where the grapes grow. Everything from wind to humidity level contributes to the flavor and attributes of the wine produced, and some cheeses simply work better with higher-acidity, cooler-climate wine varieties than others. Here are some wine and cheese combinations that are pretty darn close to a perfect match.