Are You Pair Savvy?

Thursday, December 23, 2010 Posted by Dina N

I love red wine, and cheese is one of my favorite foods to snack on - with or without wine. I never gave much thought on how to pair cheese and drinks unless I was hosting a party and serving both. Now there is a new tool that takes the guesswork out of pairing cheese, wine or beer.

Pair Savvy is a free application that works on both iPhone and Android phones and allows users to search by cheese, wine or beer varieties. All you need to do is download Pair Savvy to your mobile device, then start browsing. If you don't have a compatible phone, you can still use the Pair Savvy site to find good pairings.

Pair Savvy will come up with a pairing that has a list of suggested cheeses, California cheesemakers and brand names they can purchase at retail. In addition, Pair Savvy is linked to so the app will update automatically with no need to download future updates. I love how some pairings suggest fruit accompaniments because fruit makes a cheese plate look so pretty and sophisticated.

Right now, I have some fresh mozzarella in the fridge. Sure, I can pair it with tomatoes for a delicious Insalata Caprese but what about drinks? According to Pair Savvy, it goes well with Chianti or Pilsner beer. I can serve it with dried fruit - I have some dried plums right now - or figs.

Brie, my husband's cheese of choice that we also happen to have in the fridge, goes with Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurtztaminer, White Zinfandel, or steam beer. That's good because we love Cab. On the fruity side, we can serve dried fruits, grapes, and plums. 

Pair Savvy is a great tool to have at any time but especially during the holiday season when many of us are entertaining. Cheers!

Disclaimer / Disclosure: Disclaimer / Disclosure: I am sharing this information thanks to my involvement with the One2One Network. No monetary compensation was received for this post but I will be eligible to participate in a prize drawing.


  1. Busy Working Mama said...

    I love red wine, too, just nothing too rick or oaky. We did a major stock-up trip to Trager Joe's yesterday for wine...$250! Yikes :) But it will last a while.

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