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Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide
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With overwhelming varieties of wines and cheese, adhering to a few principles can help make the decision easier.


Source: Winter 2011 Country Minute News Letter

Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide

A classic pairing, wine and cheese have been consumed together for thousands of years. In fact, Ancient Greeks went as far as to grate cheese directly into their wine goblets! While we don’t go that far today, we do recognize that a great pairing not only enhances the flavor of the wine, but also improves the perception of the cheese itself.

So how do you effectively pair these two robust tastes to create a savory experience? With overwhelming varieties of wines and cheese, adhering to a few principles can help make the decision easier.

  • White wines match best with soft cheeses and stronger flavors.
  • Red wines match best with hard cheeses and milder flavors.
  • Fruity and sweet white wines (not dry) and dessert wines work best with a wider range of cheeses.
  • The more pungent the cheese, the sweeter the wine should be.

To get you started, we’ve listed a few popular pairings. But keep in mind these are just recommendations. When it comes down to it, it’s all about personal taste. Don’t be afraid to experiment, you may just find a duo that makes your taste buds sing!

  • Cabernet Sauvignon: Camembert, Cheddar, Colby, Danish Blue, Gorgonzola, Gouda, Parmesan, Blue Cheese, Roquefort
  • Chardonnay: Brie, Camembert, Goat Cheese, Gouda, Gruyere, Parmesan, Provolone
  • Champagne: Beaufort, Brie, Camembert, Cheddar, Chevre, Colby, Edam, Gouda, Gruyere, Parmesan
  • Merlot: Brie, Camembert, Cheddar, Gorgonzola, Gouda, Gruyere, Jarlsberg, Parmesan
  • Pinot Noir: Brie, Camembert, Feta, Gruyere, Monterey Jack, Muenster, Port Salut, Swiss
  • Riesling: Brie, Blue, Colby, Edam, Gouda, Monterey Jack

Learn a few favorite combinations and you’ll soon be the expert your friends turn to for chic party advice.