Originally Posted by Arky
Bigdaddy3K, what cheese would you recommend to go with a very sweet item such as pickled watermelon rind? (A holiday favorite of mine and my family.) In case you've never had any, is a level of sweetness similar to a pickled Gerkin and is found in the same grocery section as pickled peppers, onions, etc.
I love cheese, fruit and wines, but I have no idea how to pair them for the best effect.
The great thing about cheese and wine is you can seldom go wrong. It's amazing what comes out from even the oddest pairing. Things that were so hidden on both the wine and the cheese can just appear in a random pairing.
There are simple rules but they are definitely made to be broken once you get more comfortable.
Strong wine (high tannin) will stand up to strong/sharp cheese.
Sweet and white wines will go well with mild.
I must stress though, these are beginners rules. Cheese is a great way to develope a safe crackers pallet. Recognizing the componant flavors, analysing the initial, center and linger of the flavor can really make you aware of the flavors of other foods.
Vinegar based items are particularly hard to pair with a cheese but I do so love a pickle and cheese. You are talking about a sweet fruit and an sour acid so you need elements of both strong and mild. My favorite strong and mild cheese is smoked gouda. It has enough smoke to stand up to strong flavors but has that elements of the mild unsmoked gouda to compliment the sweet. Nut to accompany? Roasted brazil nuts.