wine and cheese

The French are really on to something with their love of cheese and wine. Yet, they do not have the problems with obesity faced by many Americans. The key is enjoying small amounts of foods with intense flavors. Portion control is essential to regularly indulging in wine and cheese while keeping your body healthy. Intense flavor helps you be satisfied with only a small amount.

What is a Healthy Cheese?

Finding a healthy wine is a pretty simple proposition. Most wine is fine in moderation. Healthy wine consumption is more about moderation and less about the type of wine. Some “desert” and “chocolate” wines are not as healthy as a dry red, but even a small amount of these if fine. Red wine has more antioxidants than white, but even a small glass of white wine is a far better choice than sugary mixed drinks. If you are trying to lose weight then limiting yourself to a 4 oz serving of wine each day is a good idea. Having a 6 oz glass is fine if you are already at a healthy weight and are eating right and exercising each day. Organic wines are becoming more popular these days, and if you find one that you like it cannot hurt to go organic when it comes to your wine.

Finding a healthy cheese is a different story. America has an abundance of artificial cheese food and cheeses made with less than wholesome ingredients. The healthiest cheeses are made from milk that is not treated with antibiotics or hormones. You also want cheese made from the milk of grass fed beef. Goat’s milk is an even better choice health wise. The European’s do not treat their cattle with hormones, so choose cheeses from European sources when you can.

Where Do You Find Healthy Cheese?

The isles of the supermarket are not the place to find healthy, delicious cheeses. This is especially true if you are pairing the wine and cheese for entertaining and you want to impress your guests. You can look at the deli counter if the supermarket is your only option for buying cheeses. Most cheeses will be labeled if they are antibiotic and hormone free, but you may have to ask. Also, you should never assume the cheese is from grass fed beef and asking is the best way to find out. Other options for finding the best cheeses are natural food stores, family farms and artesian cheese shops. Amish cheeses are natural, free of antibiotics and hormones because the Amish do not use these in their farming. You can also look online for healthy, delicious cheeses.

How to Make the Most of These Delicious Cheese and Wine Pairings?

Good wine and cheese is expensive, there is no getting around that. If you are entertaining, the price goes up considerably. The good news is that cheeses like the ones described above practically explode with flavor, so you really do not need much to be satisfied. When you are entertaining you will want to offer more than wine and cheese, so adding a fruit to your wine and cheese pairings can help your expensive cheese go further and make for a more enjoyable experience.

Wine, Cheese and Fruit Pairings for Your Next Party

● Goat Cheese with Sauvignon Blanc. Try with any fresh fruit and a bit of honey.

● Goat Cheese with Pinot Gris. This pair goes well with apples and strawberries.

● Gruyere with Cabernet Franc. Sliced pears are the best accompaniment with this pair.

● Camembert with Merlot. Serve this wine and cheese pair with berries, plums and apples.

● Aged Cheddar (The older the better) with Riesling.  This combination is delicious with pears and grapes.

Serving wine and cheese at your next party can be both healthy and delicious. Pairing high quality wine and cheese may be more expensive, but a little goes a long way. You can also add fruits to your wine and cheese pairings to make your offerings more satisfying and make the more expensive ingredients go further.

Make wine and cheese healthier by keeping your wine servings small and using high quality cheese. The cheese you select should be from grass fed cows that have not been given antibiotics or hormones. Finding these cheeses is a little more difficult that just looking in the dairy section of the supermarket, but the taste is well worth it. You can serve a healthy array or wine, cheese and fruit at your next party.

 

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