Wine and cheese. There may be a medical reason why these go so well together.
A new German study suggests that white wine is very hard on your teeth, but eating cheese while sipping your wine helps neutralize the effects.
It is the acid in white wine that wears away enamel, say researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University. Their experiment took place in a laboratory. They soaked adult teeth in white wine for a day, and found the teeth had a significant loss of calcium and phosphorus in the enamel surface. Riesling had an especially dramatic effect on the teeth, which could lead to problems in the long-term. Red wines such as Pinot Noir did not damage the enamel as much. Eating cheese at the same time as drinking white wine could counter the effects.