Cheeses to Pair With Sparkling Wine

Whether it be Champagne from France, Cava from Spain, sparkling wine from the US or Prosecco from Italy, pairing cheese with bubbly is one of life's pleasures. These five cheeses pair especially well with sparkling wines.

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    Triple Crème

    Glasses of wine by plate of cheese and biscuits on coffee table
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    Luxurious cheese meets luxurious wine. Triple Crème (or double cream) cheeses are rich and buttery with a whipped texture and fairly mild flavor. The high butterfat content in Triple Crème cheeses that coats your mouth in creamy goodness is balanced out by the refreshing bubbles in sparkling wine.

    Look for Triple Crème cheeses like Mt. Tam, Brillat-Savarin, Saint Andre and Pierre-Robert or a double cream like Cremont.

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    Camembert

    Camembert has a seductive but not overpowering (unless it's super ripe) flavor. The woodsy, mushroomy flavor of Camembert pairs nicely with the yeasty and fruity flavors in sparkling wine.

    Similar cheeses that are not technically Camembert but share some of its qualities also pair well with sparkling wine. Look for Pave d'auge or Roucoulons.

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    Gruyere

    Gruyere is a hearty mountain cheese with a dense texture and rich flavor. The light touch of sparkling wine elevates the cheese into something more elegant, highlighting its sweet, nutty qualities.

    Serve Gruyere as part of a cheese plate paired with sparkling wine or drink sparkling wine with fondue made with gruyere, bite-sized grilled cheese sandwiches, or a Gruyere Quiche for a Champagne breakfast.

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    Truffle Cheese

    Truffles and Champagne are a classic pairing, if only because both are seen as a expensive indulgences. With more affordable sparkling wines on the market and numerous truffle cheeses to choose from, this is a pairing that is no longer just for special occasions.

    Sottocenere is a truffle cheese commonly found in cheese stores. Other truffle cheeses to look for are Pecorino Tartufo, Caciotta al Tartufo and Truffle Tremor.

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    Epoisses

    Epoisses (eh-PWAHS) is notoriously stinky and full-flavored, making it a tricky pairing with sparkling wine. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. In a successful pairing, the crisp bubbles in sparkling wine, especially in a full-bodied Champagne or fruity sparkling rose, can balance out the salty, meaty flavor of a washed rind cheese.

    If Epoisses isn't available, ask at your local cheese shop for something similar, like Colorouge.