Great Wines and Cheese: Elective Affinities

In 1809 one of the greatest European writers, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, spoke of “Elective Affinities” in a book by the same name which has become a paradigm of 19th century European literature. This concept of elective affinities can easily extend to the relationship between wine and cheese – choice combinations capable of unprecedented pleasures when it comes to taste. Here are some pairings that will give you just the right amount of unexpected happiness:

Aged Pecorino Cheese & Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva

This is a match made in quality, ready to amaze you with every bite and sip. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano which we at Carpineto produce exclusively in Riserva version, is a wine of great elegance and balance: intense, persistent, fine, perfect to accompany highly seasoned cheeses and strong flavors such as aged Tuscan Pecorino cheese. Each sip delicately caresses the palate, and thanks to its pleasant acidity, balances the fattiness of the Pecorino. This contrasts its elegant succulence thanks to the refined tannin of the wine. 

Farnito Brut – Parmigiano Reggiano 

Bubbles on cheeses? Yes please! Farnito Brut is our flagship sparkling wine. It is elegant, soft, persistent and thanks to its marked hint of bread crust, it is an ideal pairing with Parmigiano Reggiano, a cheese that combines flavor and aroma in a combination of equal elegance. The Farnito Brut cleanses, with effervescence and freshness, the consistency and mellowness of the taste, creating a moment of absolute food and wine pleasure.

Vinsanto del Chianti – Gorgonzola 

Our Vinasanto del Chianti offers an infinite bouquet of olfactory sensations such as apricot, peach, almond, dried fruit, walnut and caramel. To best describe this wine would require an essay on its own. The great persistence of this wine is admirably accompanied by gorgonzola which is equally intense, yet another Italian specialty. The gorgonzola cheese is strong in taste a taste, soft and consistent in flavor. It almost seems to have created purposefully for to accompany Vinsanto del Chianti.