The annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival wrapped up last weekend at Walt Disney World Resort after six delicious weeks of special dining experiences, demonstrations, seminars, and of course … FOOD. This Epcot event featured more than 25 international marketplaces serving regional cuisine paired with the perfect accompanying beverage.
My family had a chance to check it out during its final weekend, enjoying fine cheeses and pastries with mimosas to kick off our trip around the world. We left with belts that needed to be loosened and smiles on our faces, but also a bit more knowledge about tasty treats from around the world. Want to join me in learning about perfect cheese and wine pairings? Why not get started with pairings inspired by some of our favorite Disney characters?
7 Cheese and Wine Pairings Inspired by Disney Characters 1 of 8
If there's one thing that the annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival has taught us, it's that cheese and wine go together like a princess and her prince charming. Looking for some cheese and wine inspiration? Look no further than these perfect pairs inspired by some of my favorite Disney characters.
Camembert and Cabernet Sauvignon 2 of 8
Like Thomas O'Malley, the French cheese camembert is a smooth treat. While O'Malley the alley cat himself might suggest an ice cold beer, your favorite bottle of cabernet sauvignon is a better pairing. Like his partner Duchess taught him, it's important to keep it classy.
Roquefort and Muscat 3 of 8
Roquefort is a French cheese made from sheep's milk which contains flecks of stinky, blue mold. But much like the Beast, who may be a little rough around the edges, when paired with a sweet wine like a muscat (perhaps with some nuts and figs?), Roquefort can be downright delightful.
Feta and Pinot Noir 4 of 8
Is cheese and wine pairing all Greek to you? Good! Then start your next cheese board and flight of wines with a Hercules and Meg-inspired feta and a glass of pinot noir. Don't forget some fresh honey and figs to take your experience to the next level.
Swiss and Merlot 5 of 8
There's perhaps no better partner for a huge wedge of Swiss cheese than a happy mouse searching for a nibble. Looking for some inspiration from the two most famous mice in history? Try a nice aged Swiss with a dark glass of merlot to wash it down. Mickey and Minnie would be proud!
Halloumi and RosÃ© 6 of 8
Those magic carpet riding lovebirds Jasmine and Aladdin inspired me to select a cheese and wine pairing with a Middle Eastern flair. Halloumi cheese grills beautifully, and it's perfect with a refreshing glass of rosÃ©.
Mozzarella and Pinot Grigio 7 of 8
Ready to head to Tony's Italian Restaurant and enjoy some fine Italian fare with Lady and the Tramp? While you may like parmesan on your favorite pasta dishes, try some fresh mozzarella with tomatoes drizzled with balsamic and perhaps a few leaves of fresh basil. The best wine to enjoy with this cheese dish is a pinot grigio, more refreshing than a dog bowl of ice water on a hot summer's day.
Cheddar and Sauvignon Blanc 8 of 8
While it may seem that tea is the most appropriate refreshment to serve at a tea party, I'd like to disagree and instead offer the very English cheese — cheddar. Grab your teapot and fill it with sauvignon blanc, the perfect wine to accompany cheddar. I do believe that Alice and her Wonderland pals would approve.