Cheese is to wine what icing is to cake. It enhances the flavors and textures of wine. It helps to soften the palate and tannins of a big and bold red wine. Salts in cheese can be balanced with a crisp white wine. And while drinking a bottle of wine to yourself on a Friday night sounds like fun, adding a fancy yet simple cheese tray adds a certain level of class (and if you have one of those slate cheese boards with the fancy cheese knife, you know you've made it). We've broken down some very simple wine and cheese pairings that are easy to find at the grocery and wine store.

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