Wine Wednesday: Best wine and cheese pairings

Beer and pretzels. Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Wine and cheese? Obviously, this is the best combination of them all.

Choosing the best cheese and wine pairing is crucial when it comes to hosting an elegant party (or for a classy night in with your roommates). If you follow these basic guidelines, you will be sure to keep your guests coming back for more.

Camembert with Champagne

Rich, creamy cheeses blend seamlessly with buttery, oaky white wines, making this combination a classic. Bubbles in the sparkling wine pose a nice contrast to this rich cheese – cleansing your palate and making you want another bite.

Ricotta, Mozzarella and Feta with Moscato and Pinot Grigio

These fresh, soft cheeses pair perfectly with crisp white wines. The only thing that could make this killer combination better? Adding sweet fruits such as strawberries, melon and apples to make this a mouthwatering trio.

Jarlsberg, young Cheddar and Monterey Jack with Pinot Noir and Merlot

These cheeses are firm with a rugged texture, boasting strong flavors. To combat these bold tastes, they must be paired with acidic, fruity red wines. Having an aged pinot noir with a tray of young cheddar will send tantalizing, rich flavors to your taste buds.