If you're not sure what type of wine you should serve alongside that fantastic looking cheese plate from your local deli, reach for your favourite bottle of white. Here's why.
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While researching flavour combinations and tasting experiences at the Centre des Sciences du Goût et de l'Alimentation (CGSA -- Centre for Taste and Feeding Behaviour), sensory scientist Mara Galmarini found that red wine is hit or miss when it comes to cheese pairings -- never in between.
As Galmarini explains to The Salt, white wine lowers the risk of creating an unpleasant pairing. If you're serving several different types of cheese, like a cheese plate, it's better to serve white wine. Ed Behr of the Art of Eating newsletter agrees, noting that most red wines are "completely unrefreshing".
And refreshing -- with a touch of dry sweetness -- is what you want when cheese is playing a major part of your meal. So, when in doubt, go with a white wine.