We all know what to drink on New Year’s Eve: something dry and sparkling that we can toast when the clock strikes midnight and we bid the old year adieu. But what’s the best cheese to serve with your New Year’s bubbles?
It’s only natural that our favorite wintertime cheeses would pair with celebratory sparkling wines. Pick your favorite bottles, stock your Cheese Grotto with a few wedges, and pop that cork! Here are a few of our picks for the best cheeses to pair with sparkling wine on New Year’s Eve.
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The Best Cheese to Pair With Champagne
The classic French sparkling wine pairs beautifully with the bloomy rinds France is known for, like supple Camemberts and brothy Brie-style cheeses like Firefly Farms’ Bloomy Breeze and Petite Camembert from Marin French Cheese.
Champagne is also traditionally poured atop Langres, a wrinkly mixed-rind made in the Champagne region of France that’s shaped with a divot on top specifically for this purpose—with a glass to sip on the side, of course. Stateside, we like to serve Champagne, Prosecco, and other sparkling whites with velvety Coupole from Vermont Creamery.
The Best Cheese to Pair With Blanc de Blancs
The fizz in this bone-dry bubbly is great at cutting through the fattiness of rich, flavorful cheeses, sweeping across your tongue and readying your palate for the next bite. Go with dense, firm Alpine cheeses like Uplands’ Pleasant Ridge Reserve or Appalachian from Meadow Creek Dairy in Virginia, or pick up an oozy, bark-wrapped wheel like Rush Creek Reserve or a set of Mini Harbisons.
The Best Cheese to Pair With Lambrusco
Want your bubbles with a little color this year? Pick up a bottle of floral Lambrusco to serve with a wedge of the best Parmigiano-Reggiano you can find.
These classic pairings are cousins, both hailing from Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy. The bright fruitiness and carbonation in the wine complements a hard, salty, umami-packed cheese like Parmigiano beautifully. For a domestic option, try Landmark Creamery’s Pecora Nocciola or a nutty hunk of Queso Invierno Extra Aged, a two-year-old sheep’s milk wheel.
The Best Cheese to Pair With Sparkling Rosé
Rosé isn’t just for summertime! We’d argue that there’s no more festive way to welcome the new year than with a bottle of something pink and sparkly. Go with a wrinkly goat’s milk bloomy like Coupole or an aged sheep’s milk cheese like ones in this trio from Vermont Shepherd.
Want to make the evening extra special? Get yourself a Farmsteady Italian cheesemaking kit and a gallon of milk and make your own fresh mozzarella. This clean, creamy cheese is one of sparkling rosé’s BFFs! Start a batch around 10:30 p.m. and you’ll be digging into a homemade cheese feast before the ball drops.
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