The combination of wines and cheeses is one of the great pleasures we can experience in our gastronomy. We present you five Propietat d’Espiells and Pagos de Anguix wines, combined with a selection of cheeses, which will delight your palate and will catapult you as a great host if you invite family or friends to this delicious tandem.
When deciding what type of cheese you are going to offer to your guests, you must take three factors into account: fat, texture and aroma. Depending on the milk origin, we will find buffalo, sheep, goat and cow cheeses (ordered from more to less fatty). Regarding the texture, which depends on how the food sets, there are soft, semi-soft, hard and extra-hard cheeses. As a third element, if the milk is raw, the cheese will be more aromatic; on the other hand, it will have less impact on smell if it’s pasteurised milk.
Once you have a clear idea about the possibilities offered by different cheeses, you only need to choose which D.O. Penedès and D.O. Ribera del Duero you want to pair it. It must be taken into consideration that the flavors and smells of cheese and wine must be combined and harmonised so that one does not cover the other and vice versa.
This Penedès red wine, made with Cabernet Sauvignon, leaves elegant minty notes after smelling and tasting it. It stands out for its good acidity and a clear aroma of fine-grained French oak barrels. Casa Vella harmonises perfectly with a semi-cured manchego cheese, with an elastic texture and cream color, which has a lactic aroma and flavor of hay, grass and fruit with a point of sweetness.
Originally from vineyards located 700 meters above sea level, its cinnamon nuances, cloves and vanilla, mixed with aromas of black currants, plums, blackberries and cherries, give this marvelous and tasty reserve wine from Penedès a flavor on the palate that is vigorous and velvety. The red wine reserve Iohannes combines masterfully with a cured gran reserva sheep cheese, with an intense and slightly salty flavor, recipe from the area. The perfect combination of high quality gastronomy and proximity products.
There are cheeses, such as Camembert (of bovine origin, moldy rind, creamy texture and slightly fruity flavor), which find the perfect ally in a high-altitude rosé wine, from the heart of Ribera del Duero. It’s the first ecological modality of the winery. Its refreshing mineral acidity and opulence are finished off with an aromatic richness based on ripe fruits.
Its characteristic soft and elegant pink color -with orange hues- reminds us of first sun rays, about to break the horizon; hence such a special name. This rosé wine D.O. Penedès, with red and black fruity sensations (currants and raspberries) and a floral background, it marries magnificently with a goat cheese, which reminds us of aromas of moist mushrooms. There are some varieties with fine herbs and paprika, which give them a special and unique flavor.
To close the circle, we will combine a classic mature Chardonnay -with a pleasant acidity and citrus background, which combines the tropicality of pineapple and the Mediterranean nature of fennel- with a cheese of medieval tradition: Gruyere. This Penedès white wine is the perfect candidate, due to its freshness and finesse, to accompany this aromatic cow’s hard cheese, with sweet notes and slightly spicy touches (depending on its degree of maturation).
Five proposals for you to obtain the best mark when pairing wines from D.O. Penedès and Ribera del Duero with different cheeses and get the best out of your gastronomic bet. You can buy all these selected wines online in our official e-shop by clicking here.