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Wine and crackers with Parmesan

Parmesan cheese has a rich, nutty flavour with a firm and crumbly texture. Here are three wine types and cracker options that generally pair well with Parmesan.:

Wine Pairings:

  • Chianti (Sangiovese): Chianti, particularly those made from Sangiovese grapes, pairs well with Parmesan. The wine's acidity and tannins complement the richness of the cheese.
  • Barolo (Nebbiolo): Barolo, made from Nebbiolo grapes, is a bold and robust red wine that can stand up to the intense flavours of Parmesan. The wine's tannins and structure work well with the cheese's texture.
  • Chardonnay (Aged): Aged Chardonnay, especially ones with some oak influence, can provide a nice contrast to Parmesan. The wine's buttery and toasty notes complement the nuttiness of the cheese.

Cracker Pairings:

  • Crisp Breadsticks (Grissini): The simplicity and crunch of crisp breadsticks allow the flavour of Parmesan to shine. Consider wrapping thin slices of prosciutto around them for an extra layer of flavour.
  • Parmesan Crisps: These crackers made entirely of Parmesan cheese are a perfect match. They enhance the cheese's flavour and provide a crunchy texture that complements its crumbly nature.
  • Olive Oil and Herb Crackers: Crackers with olive oil and herbs, such as rosemary or thyme, can add extra layers of flavour that pair well with Parmesan without overpowering it.

Remember to serve the Parmesan cheese at room temperature to allow its full flavour profile to come through. Additionally, consider including some dried fruits, such as figs or apricots, or nuts like walnuts to create a well-rounded tasting experience.