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The most basic rule to follow in pairing a wine with a cheese is to make a combination that either complements or contrasts. This could mean putting a crisp, white wine with a buttery cheese, or a medium-bodied red with a mild, firm cheese. The idea is not to go overboard with one note.
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If you really want to up your cheese-plate game, start thinking about what else would go well with your combinations. Use tart Granny Smith apples as a base for brie and try pears or cranberry-walnut crackers when you're drinking a spicier wine. What's great about these pro tips is that they make you seem like an expert, but everything you need can be found at almost any grocery store.
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