Wine and Cheese PairingWine and cheese pairings has been a tradition for a long time. Perhaps the tradition is almost as old as wine itself. No matter when the tradition started, there is no denying that wine and cheese just seem to match up well together. In fact, in some circles wine and cheese are almost inseparable.
Having said that, matching the right type of cheese to go with your wine can really make a big difference. Selecting the right cheese to have with your wine is largely a matter of personal preference but you can use the tables below to help you make a good choice.
If you are interested in having food with your wine then check out our wine and food pairing page. You may also try our wine selector to help you select a type of wine for almost any occasion. If you are planning a party you might also check out this site, A Simple Feast.
|Red Wines and Cheese Pairings|
|Cabernet Franc||Sharp Cheddar|
|Cabernet Sauvignon||Sharp Cheddar
Hard Cheeses (Parmesan)
|Chianti||Hard Cheeses (Parmesan)|
|Pinot Noir||White Cheeses (Swiss)|
|Sangiovese||Creamy Cheeses (Brie)|
Most red wines pair up very well with sharp cheddar cheese, not just the ones listed in this table. Red wines tend to pair up well with most types of cheese actually. The table above simply reflects what is most commonly seen as a good red wine and cheese match.
|White Wines and Cheese Pairings|
|Chardonnay||Creamy Cheeses (Brie)|
|Gewurztraminer||White Cheeses (Swiss)|
|Pinot Blanc||Creamy Cheeses (Brie)|
|Pinot Gris||Cheddar (Not Sharp)|
|Riesling||White Cheeses (Swiss)
Creamy Cheeses (Brie)
|Sauvignon Blanc||Mozzarella & Goat's Milk
Creamy Cheeses (Brie)
|Semillon||Mozzarella & Goat's Milk|
Generally, you should pair white wines with white and creamy cheeses but don't let that stop you from experimenting a little bit. Sweet and fruity white wines are often good with many types of cheese.
|Dessert Wines and Cheese Pairings|
|Creamy Cheeses (Brie)|
Dessert wines usually match up best with blue cheese and, as the name suggests, desserts.
These tables are simply a guideline of the most commonly enjoyed wine and cheese pairings but they should not be seen as a hard and fast rule. Obviously, if you don't like sharp cheddar cheese then you are not going to like having sharp cheddar with your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.
More Wine Basics
Types Of Wine Wine Accessories Wine and Barbeque Pairings Wine and Chocolate Pairings Wine and Food Pairings
Copyright 2004-2017, All Right Reserved.