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Marrying Wine and Cheese: Making A Good Match

Although there are few things greater in life than a good hunk of smoky Gouda paired with a hearty Black and Tan, wine is the perfect partner for a sophisticated cheese board. Wine and cheese pairings are tricky; no two cheeses are the same, and matching the perfect cheese to its perfect wine calls for much care and thought. Wine and cheese pairings are selected like color in interior design, you can either match or contrast, but the flavor and textures have to complement each other in your palate. It is also a matter of taste…your own. Do you love a good Pinot Grigio, but are having Roquefort? Hey, rules were meant to be broken! Enjoy it!

To wine selection easier for you, we’ve broken it down so you can choose by wine type, cheese category, and most popular cheese. Salut!

Sommelier Tips: When in doubt, follow these simple rules

  • Cheese and wines from the same region will typically go well together.
  • Cheese with a high fat content = Smooth, oily wine
  • Cheese with high acidity = Sweet, alcoholic wine
  • Salty cheese = Acid wines

Type of Wine Example Cheese Type Example
Dry White Wines, light to med-bodied Auxerrois, Travigne White and Rose, Chardonnay Riesling Reserve, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio Riesling and Late Autumn Riesling Cream based Fresh no rind, Most Goat's cheeses Bluish-gray natural rind Crème fraîche, mozzarella, Fontina, Chèvre, Crottin, Feta, Havarti, St-Marcellin, Tete de Moine, Emmental, Ricotta
Dry White Wines, Full-Bodied Chardonnay Reserve Chardonnay Single Vineyards Founder's Reserve Chardonna Semi-softGrey-pink thick rind Soft cheeses w/ bloomy rind Brie; Camembert; Port-Salut, Chaource, Livarot, Pont l'Eveque, Reblochon, Tomme de Savoie, St-Nectaire, Taleggio
Dry White Wines, Full-Bodied Chardonnay Reserve Chardonnay Single Vineyards Founder's Reserve Chardonna Semi-softGrey-pink thick rind Soft cheeses w/ bloomy rind Brie; Camembert; Port-Salut, Chaource, Livarot, Pont l'Eveque, Reblochon, Tomme de Savoie, St-Nectaire, Taleggio
Dry Red Wines, Light to Med-Bodied, Fruity Merlot Pinot NoirCabernet Franc Fresh with no rind Soft cheeses with bloomy rind Some colored thick rinds Brie, Edam, Emmental, Gouda, Gruyere, Mozzarella, Jarlsberg
Dry Red Wines, Medium-Bodied, Complex   Soft w/ washed rindSticky orange-red, brownish rinds Vacherin, Munster, Langres, Mature Epoisses, Maroilles, Raw milk Brie, Coulommiers Morbier, Reblochon
Dry Red Wines Full-Bodied Cabernet Franc Reserve,Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon Hard Cheeses, waxed or oiled Parmigiano Reggiano, Ricotta Salata, Romano, Asiago, Pont l'Eveque, Manchego, ComteOld Gouda, Beaufort, Chèvre NoirMahon, Roncal

By Type of Cheese

Type Example Wine
Soft Cheeses Munster, Boursin, Brie Light Reds, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet, Côtes du Rhône, Bourgeuil, Brouilly, Saint-Émilion Pinot noir d'Alsace
Semi-Soft Bel Paese, Swiss Chardonnay
Downy/Bloomy Rind Cheese Camembert, Brie Light Reds
Pressed Cheese Mimollette Light Reds
Fresh Cheese Ricotta, Cottage, Fresh chèvre Light and fruity wines, served cool
Goats Milk cheese / Chevres ValencayCrottin de Chavignol Light Reds, dry fruity whites, Herbal acid whites, Sancerre, Mâcon, Côtes du Rhône
Chinon
Soft, Washed Rind Munster, Reblochon AOC Robust Reds, Côtes de Nuit, Saint-Émilion, Côtes du Rhône, Chateauneuf du Pape
Blue Cheese/Roquefort Bresse Blue, Stilton Blue Smooth whites, Ports or Madeiras, Graves, St-Émilion, Côtes du Rhône, Cahors, Corbières
Sheep's milk /Ewe's Milk Cheese Feta Queso de la Serena Pecorino Sardo,Pecorino Romano Fuller Whites (Alsace Gewurztraminer), Sweet Whites (Chenin Blanc Demi Sec), Medium Reds (Burgundy)
Processed Cheese Any cheese that is enriched or encrusted with other ingredients, such as nuts, herbs or spices. E.x. Light Whites Light Reds (Beaujolais)

Most Popular Cheese and their Wine Pairings

Cheese Name Wine
Swiss Anti Spumanti
Blue Port, Madeira
Boursin Gewurztraimer
Brie (French) Sweet sherry
Camamber Cabernet, Chenin Blanc
Mild Cheddar Chardonnay
Strong Cheddar Cabernet, Rioja, Sauvignon Blanc
Chevre Gewuerztraimer
Danish Blue Cabernet
Edam Riesling
Feta Beaujolais
Gorgonzola Sauternes, Bourdax
Gouda Riesling
Gruyere Chardonnay, Saubignon Blanc
Havarti Bodeaux, Rioja
Muenster Beaujolais, Zinfandel
Provolone Chardonnay
Roquefort Port
Stilton Port
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