01 of 05
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.
02 of 05
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.
03 of 05
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.
04 of 05
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.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
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.