Quick and simple to prepare but high on wow factor, a cheese board is an entertaining essential. Farro shows you how to build a beautiful, delicious platter from the seven types of cheeses and match them with the perfect accompaniments and wines.
Sweet, nutty and deep umami flavours. Hard cheeses are often crumbly, like a parmesan, with some crystallization. They are dense and can have thick rinds.
EXAMPLES cheddar, Parmigiana Reggiano, gouda
PERFECT MATCH WITH - Turkish Dried Figs
WINE RECOMMENDATION- Rich and dry whites or medium-bodied reds. Farro recommends Te Awanga Syrah, $23.99
Mild, milky and fresh – these cheeses are loved for their simple, classic flavours. They have no rind and are usually between 1-15 days old.
EXAMPLES halloumi, ricotta, feta, mozzarella, chèvre, cream cheese
PERFECT MATCH WITH - Crusty Wild Wheat sourdough baguette
WINE RECOMMENDATION - A rose or sauvignon blanc. Farro recommends Haha Rose, $14.99
Blues can be creamy and mild to strong and crumbly. They have streaks, or veins, of blue, green mould running through them.
EXAMPLES - Stilton, Roquefort, Gorgonzola, creamy Blue
PERFECT MATCH WITH Zoe Bone Foods, Feijoa Paste & Totara Cottage Sweet and Salty or Sesame Crackers
WINE RECOMMENDATION Sweet, dessert wines. Farro recommends Spy Valley Gewurztraminer, $17.99
These have a sharp and usually salty taste. Aged fresh cheeses can be creamy or crumbly and made from sheep, goat or cows milk.
EXAMPLES - Saint Marcellin, Cranky Goat The Nanny
PERFECT MATCH WITH 0 J Friend Chunky Honey
WINE RECOMMENDATION - An acidic wine usually works well here, like a dry pinot gris, sauvignon blanc. Or if going for a red, a merlot or pinot noir. Farro recommends Fox Sauvignon Blanc, $14.99
SEMI SOFT/WASHED RIND
Often referred to as “the stinkers”, these cheeses have intensely bold and savoury notes with some pungency. Not for shy cheese eaters but deeply rewarding for the brave!
EXAMPLES - Edam, Port Salut, Havarti, Reblochon, Munster
PERFECT MATCH WITH - Augustine's Quince Paste, Rutherford & Meyer Gourmet Natural Wafers
WINE RECOMMENDATION - Try a white wine with good acidity to cut the richness of the cheese. Farro recommends Peregrine Riesling, $23.99
Most flavour added cheeses are well-known hard cheeses with mixed fruits, spices or herbs, and shaped into a round.
EXAMPLES cumin seed gouda, smoked cheddar
PERFECT MATCH WITH Muscatels
WINE RECOMMENDATION - This depends on the flavours in your cheese – try something different or quirky! Farro recommends Bell-Ringer Albarino, $18.99
A soft white rind is often buttery and mild when young and more pungent as it ages. These cheeses often have a fine covering of fuzzy white mould.
EXAMPLES camembert, brie
PERFECT MATCH WITH Damson Collection Fruit Paste
WINE RECOMMENDATION Full-bodied chardonnay. Farro recommends Walnut Block Chardonnay, $26.99