Serve compotes, honey, roasted nuts, olives, and white bread and crackers with the cheeses. They accentuate the cheese’s flavour and make for a festive setting.
Wine makes cheese sing
White wine with both sweet fruitiness and sharp acidity is perfect with hard cheese. Try Le Gruyère AOP with demi-sec German Riesling.
Sweet wine is a classic companion to salty and strong cheese. One of the best-known combinations is cheese and port. Trendsetters are now combining intense and aromatic Le Gruyère AOP Réserve, matured for at least ten months, with sweet and spicy red vermouth.
Beer and cheese are best friends
While wine’s acidity and tannins balance the flavour and fattiness of cheese, the pungency of beer created by hops does the same. A less mature Le Gruyère AOP goes well with a mild, less bitter beer, while older cheese works better with stronger beer.
* Amber Ale is a fruity type of beer which may have a slightly flowery flavour. These beers are usually less hopped. Try it with classic Le Gruyère AOP.
* Bock is a strong lager with sweetness and roundness induced by the higher alcohol content. Try it with classic Le Gruyère AOP.
* ESBs are fruity, strongly hopped beers. They are soft and malty, while hops provide a herbal flavour. The carbon dioxide content is fairly low. Try it with any Le Gruyère AOP cheese.
* Strong Ales have higher alcohol content and a stronger flavour, as the name suggests. They are malty and full-bodied. They are excellent when paired with Le Gruyère AOP Réserve.
Cider’s fruity flavours emphasise the saltiness of cheese
Cider is also an excellent partner for cheese. The earthy and apple-like flavour of authentic cider is elegantly accentuated by cheese. Slight natural sweetness is not a bad thing in a cider when served with strong cheese, while dry and acidic cider cuts the fattiness of cheese similarly to white wine.
Try Le Gruyère AOP with ciders from different countries, such as France, Spain, Great Britain, or your own country.
Hot tea makes the hidden aroma of cheese surface
Try the Bombay Chai tea with Le Gruyère AOP. It’s a black tea seasoned with green tea and traditional chai spices: cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and black pepper.
Le Gruyère AOP Réserve finds a surprising friend in Assam TGFOP Hatidubi Fu Soonga, a black tea with a slightly smoky flavour.
If this is not your cup of tea, try freshly squeezed apple juice, homemade lemonade, or a drink made of blackcurrant leaves with the cheese.