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Wine and cheese go together like, well, wine and cheese! Whether you’re drinking sparkling, red, white or rosé, it can be a little intimidating figuring out which cheese to pair alongside. You don’t want your cheese to overpower the wine or get lost in it!
To help you out, we’ve lined-up some of Tanji’s top H-E-B wine picks (all under $20!) with a few of our favorite picks from the cheese section. Consider this your wine-and-cheese cheat sheet!
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The Wine: For the “doesn’t matter if the weather is hot, cold or in between” red wine lover, I recommend the Clos de los Siete Malbec. This full-bodied Argentinian wine is made with grapes grown at the base of the Andes. It’s a hearty red wine and you can’t beat the long finish. $15
The Cheese: I like to pair this wine with a soft cheese with some punch, like an aged gouda or a nutty blue. The deep flavors of the red wine can stand up to a more assertive cheese.
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The Wine: Another great red is this fruit-forward Rioja from Monte Real. A mostly Tempranillo blend, this wine is a bit jammy on the palate and has hints of oaky red berry fruits. $17
The Cheese: Given its low acidity and fruitiness, Tempranillo wines pair well with many types of cheese. Our favorite? This Spanish Artisan Raw Milk Manchego. A true Spanish Manchego is typically aged for 6 months, giving it a nice sharpness that is complimented and mellowed by the jammy wine. For added dimension, serve this cheese with some shaved Iberico ham and a drizzle of honey.
The Wine: Summer officially kicks off Rosé season, so celebrate with the Mi Mi en Provence which tastes like summer in a bottle.You’ll smell fresh rose petals and taste strawberry and white cherry on your tongue. $15
The Cheese: Because this wine is on the lighter side, it pairs beautifully with a delicate and soft goat cheese. For an added bonus, serve with a scoop of strawberry jam or fresh strawberries to bring out the fruit in the wine.
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The Wine: Les Charmes Macon-Lugny French Chardonnay is made by one of the most prominent producers in Burgundy and is a great salad-pairing wine (not to mention the right cheese). $13
The Cheese: The buttery texture of Camembert is lovely with the equally creamy, soft texture of Chardonnay.
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The Wine: The Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut is a very drinkable California sparkling wine. It’s crisp and not too sweet and tastes like a much more expensive bottle. $19
The Cheese: Parmesan – and even better, Parmesan crisps – are the perfect salty snack to munch on while enjoying this champagne. The effervescent wine cuts right through rich nuttiness of the cheese.