Comprehensive classic cheese and wine pairing chart

Classic cheese and wine pairing chart

With this classic cheese and wine pairing chart, you should be able to make cheese and wine pairing less complicated and more enjoyable. Use this guide as a starting reference point.

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Pairings are subjective: if it tastes good together for you, then it’s a good pairing.

Sometimes a specific wine with a specific cheese makes a magical pairing.

Pick the cheeses first and then pick the wines - But which wine?

Wine and cheese pairing possibilities are endless. You can bet there’s a wine out there for every cheese. To simplify the strategy, we’ve broken things down by cheese category.

This list is sorted alphabetically by name, and each cheese is grouped by category. Look for the cheese you have; the recommended wines will be in the “Wine” column next to it.

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Young Fresh and Soft, Creamy Cheeses

Mild cheese categories Fast2eat

Mild

Creamy unripened cheeses

Since fresh cheeses retain their youthful, milky qualities, they need youthful and spirited wines to make their flavours shine. Mild cheeses pair well with lighter wines. In other words, pair younger cheeses with bright, fresh, young wines.
Velvety, refreshing and aromatic, these cheeses pair well with:

  • Light, crisp, floral, herbaceous, or sparkling wines.
  • Wines with apple, berry, stone fruit, tropical, melon, or citrus flavours work best.
  • Light on oak flavour wines.

They also pair well with Pilsner beer, vodka, and gin.

Soft-ripened and Bloomy-rind

Note: Milder blue cheese, like Cambozola, shares the same potential matches as bloomy cheeses.

Fresh and soft cheeses

You can break the rules for Goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses as long as you stick with a fresh wine with lively acidity. It is best to avoid very mature sheep or goat cheeses as they can be very strong.

Avoid Big, tannic red wines like Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Bordeaux, and Red Bordeaux blends. For example, suppose you pair a semi-soft cheese with a Cabernet Sauvignon. In that case, the cheese taste will be lost to the robust flavour of the Cabernet Sauvignon. A tannic red will feel too astringent and drying after a bite of fresh cheese because it ties up whatever butterfat is available, leaving you with a chalky, unpleasant sensation.

Cheese

Wine

White Wine: Gewürztraminer, Sancerre

Red Wine: Pinot Noir, Beaujolais

Notes: Confidently pair dry white wine like Sancerre or fruity red wine like Beaujolais with Boursin. Pinot Noir brings out its fresh and intense taste the best.

White Wine: unoaked Chardonnay

Red Wine: Pinot noir (classic Pairing), Merlot

Sparkling Wine: Brut Champagne, Cava, Crémant, Sparkling wines (Methode Traditionelle)

Dessert Wine: Sweet sherry

Notes: Brie needs a wine that will go well with its distinct flavours while remaining light enough not to overwhelm them.
Pairing a French Brie with French Champagne would make an enjoyable taste sensation.
Pinot Noir is Brie’s best friend. 
The combination of rich texture and high acidity can make Chardonnay an excellent wine to enjoy with creamy cheeses like Brie. The Wine’s fruit will elevate the cheese’s buttery, salty taste.

White Wine: Chenin Blanc (classic Pairing), Chardonnay

Red Wine: Pinot noir

Sparkling Wine: Champagne, Prosecco or any good quality sparkling wine

Notes: Champagne, Prosecco or any good quality New World sparkling wine are great options with Creamy cheese.
Chardonnay shines with Creamy Camembert. The more subtle flavours of Chardonnay allow the flavours of Creamy Camembert to shine, and the acidity in the wine cuts through the creamy richness.
Pinot Noir is a complex, delicate wine, and the lightness of the red wine pairs well with a rich, soft cheese such as Camembert. The mushroomy flavour of the wine also goes beautifully with the earthy taste of the cheese.

Sparkling Wine: Champagne

Notes: Chaource is made in small wheels that give it an elegant appearance for serving with Champagne or light sparkling wines.

White Wine: Gewürztraminer (classic Pairing), Sauvignon Blanc (classic Pairing), Grüner Veltliner, Chenin Blanc, dry Riesling, Semillon, Pinot Grigio

Rosé: Dry Rosé, Tavel rosé, Provence Rosé

Sparkling Wine: Champagne, Cava

Notes: Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect distinct white wine to pair with this tangy cheese. Sauvignon Blanc is a light-bodied, dry, bright white wine with citrus and grassy notes that complement the cheese. This wine also works well with firmer French goat cheese that has developed spicy flavours.
Chenin Blanc, dry Riesling or Semillon are other good alternatives to Sauvignon Blanc with goat cheese.
Champagnes shine with soft goat cheeses.
Cava, a fine refreshing sparkling wine with ample and bright scents of citrus and apples, matches well with soft and creamy goat cheeses.
The Dry Rosé’s crisp acidity pairs perfectly with a nutty Goat’s Cheese.
Tavel rosé, drier than other rosé wines, shines with goat and sheep cheeses.
Provence Rosé is a fresh wine with a strawberry tint and tangy aftertaste, pairing well with goat cheeses.

White Wine: Sauvignon Blanc de Touraine (classic Pairing) Chenin Blanc from the Loire, Sancerre

Sparkling Wine: Champagne

Notes: What grows together goes together.
This cheese is known for its subtleness and needs to be paired with a wine that won’t overwhelm it.
Champagnes shine with soft goat cheeses.

Crottin de Chavignol

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White Wine: Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Chenin Blanc

Sparkling Wine: Champagne

Notes: Champagnes shine with soft goat cheeses.

Sparkling Wine: Brut Champagne, Cava, Crémant, Sparkling wines (Methode Traditionelle)

Red Wine: Beaujolais (classic Pairing)

Notes: You want a bright red wine matching Feta’s saltiness. Beaujolais (or a light Greek wine) is the answer. A slightly sweet wine is also perfect with salty Feta.

White Wine: Pinot Grigio (classic Pairing)

Notes: The acidity of Pinot Grigio tangos well with this soft, slightly sweet classic pizza cheese.

White Wine: Greco di Tufo

Rosé Wine: Dry Rose

Red Wine: Bright red

White Wine: Riesling (classic Pairing), Pinot Grigio

Sparkling Wine: Prosecco

Notes: Sweet, creamy Ricotta loves tangy Riesling. Try Ricotta with the sweet and dry variations of this classic German wine.
Prosecco pairs with soft cheeses such as Ricotta.
Pinot Grigio is ideal for soft cheeses such as Ricotta for a unique combo.

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Semi-soft/Semi-aged and medium-hard aged/Semi-hard Cheese/Moderately aged cheeses

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Medium

Mild Cow, Mild Goat, Mild Sheep, Swiss or Swiss style.

Moderately aged and medium-hard cheeses have a strong taste and firm texture. They go well with complex wines but still have a refreshing acidity taste. Good wine choices are medium-bodied white wines, fruity red wines like Pinot Noir or Gamay, vintage sparkling wines, and aperitif wines that have a balance of acidity, fruit, and tannin.

Washed Rind

Washed Rind cheese is sometimes called “stinky cheese.” These cheeses are pretty strong, especially as they get older. So, don’t expect anything extraordinary like a wine pairing. Pair them with lightweight wines with gentle smells that complement the cheese. Interestingly, a light, dry white wine can even be better than a red wine with this type of cheese.

Avoid: Pungent washed-rind cow’s cheeses will lose their stinky characteristics when paired with Chardonnay. However, you can opt for milder, traditional triple cream cheese to avoid the smell.

Cheese

Wine

Bel Paese

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White Wine: Chardonnay

Cheddar (Mild)

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White Wine: Chardonnay (classic Pairing), Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

Notes: The crisp and fruity Chardonnay enhances the creaminess of milder cheeses, making them almost sweet.
The more full-bodied Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris tends to go well with cheddar.

Edam

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White Wine: Riesling (classic Pairing), Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

Red Wine: Syrah/Shiraz

Notes: The more full-bodied Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris tends to go well with Edam.
Riesling shines well with Edam.
Syrah/Shiraz goes well with smoky, rather sharp cheeses like Edam.

Époisses

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Red Wine: Chambertin

Gouda (young)

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White Wine: Riesling (classic Pairing), Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

Red Wine: Merlot, Pinot Noir

Notes: The more full-bodied Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris tends to go well with Gouda.
Merlot, soft and fruity, can be complemented successfully with Gouda.

Gruyère

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White Wine: Chardonnay (classic Pairing), Vin Jaune de Savoie, Saubignon Blanc (classic Pairing)

Red Wine: Pinot Noir (classic Pairing), Benjolais, St. Laurent, Schiava, Merlot

Sparkling Wine: Champagne

Notes: Whether you choose to snack on gruyère whole or melty, the fruit and nut flavours in Chardonnay are an ideal mate.
The delicate flavours of Gruyère would be overwhelmed by a big, bold Cabernet Sauvignon but are perfectly balanced when paired alongside a Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is a dry and light to medium-bodied red wine with these characteristics and ripe red fruit flavours. It also works well with a nutty cow cheese with medium firmness, such as Gruyère.
Champagne’s ample acidity and toasty, nutty flavours complement most cheeses, ranging from fresh to aged.
Merlot, soft and fruity, can be complemented successfully with Gruyère.

Havarti

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Rosé Wine: Sweet Rosé

Red Wine: Bordeaux (classic pairing), Rioja (classic pairing)

Notes: A semi-soft cheese like Havarti is the ultimate pairing if you’re drinking a fruity Rosé from a warm climate region – typically made from Shiraz or Grenache.

Jarlsberg

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White Wine: Viognier

Notes: The stone fruits found (like peaches) in Viognier mouth-wateringly cut through the savoury flavours of Jarlsberg.

Grana Padano

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Red Wine: Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino , Chianti

Manchego

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Red Wine: Rioja (classic Pairing) , Grenache/Garnacha, Cannonau, Côtes du Rhône, Priorat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah/Shiraz

Notes: This sweet, classic cheese calls for the quintessential Spanish wine: Rioja!

Monterey Jack

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White Wine: Sauvignon Blanc (classic Pairing)

Red Wine: Merlot (classic Pairing)

Notes: This classic American cheese craves a wine that’s on the lighter, fruitier side – just like Merlot.
This cheese is known for its subtleness and needs to be paired with a wine that won’t overwhelm it. Sauvignon Blanc is a light-bodied, dry, bright white wine with citrus and grassy notes that complement the cheese.

Morbier

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White Wine: Gewürztraminer (classic Pairing), Sauvignon Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Chenin Blanc

Notes: Gewürztraminer is the perfect white wine to cut through the stink of morbier

Muenster

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White Wine: Moscato, Riesling, Sauternes, Gewurztraminer, or Grüner Veltliner.

Red Wine: Beaujolais (classic Pairing), Zinfandel (classic Pairing)

Notes: Moscato has a playful sweetness that surprisingly blends well with spicier cheeses such as Muenster. 
Mild Muenster is best served alongside Riesling, Sauternes, Gewurztraminer, or Grüner Veltliner.

Munster

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White Wine: off-dry Gewürztraminer, Viognier and off-dry Riesling

Red Wine: Côte de Nuits, Saint-Émilion, Côtes du Rhône, Chateauneuf du Pape

Notes: The strong floral and spicy aromas and flavours of Gewürztraminer are just the foil for strong-smelling cheeses such as Munster. The strong floral, spice and fruitiness of the wine balance the strong flavours of the cheese. Viognier and off-dry Riesling also work well here.

Ossau-Iraty

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Red Wine: Garnacha, Cannonau, Côtes du Rhône, Priorat

Provolone

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White Wine: Chardonnay (classic pairing)

Red Wine: Montepulciano, Dolcetto, Nero d’Avola, Aglianico

Reblochon

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White Wine: Chignin Blanc

Red Wine: Côtes de Nuit, Saint-Émilion, Côtes du Rhône, Chateauneuf du Pape

Semi-hard sheep cheeses

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Red Wine: Garnacha, Cannonau, Côtes du Rhône, Priorat

Dessert Wine: Madeira

Notes: The smoky, toffee, tangy nuttiness and fruit-cake aromas and flavours of Madeira as well as its high acidity, both cut through the richness of these cheeses and enhance the tangy sheep milk flavours.

Swiss

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White Wine: Chardonnay

Sparkling Wine: Anti Spumanti (classic pairing)

Taleggio

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Red Wine: Malbec

Dessert Wine: Vin Santo, Moscatel de Setúbal, Tawny Port

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Hard (full-Bodied) aged, , full-flavoured cheeses cheeses

Bold cheese categories Fast2eat

Bold

Aged Cow, Aged sheep, Grana

Cheese gets tastier and fattier the longer it ages because it loses water. These cheeses are easy to pair with wine. For the best results, choose cheese aged for at least a year.

Red wine works well with rich, creamy, flavourful, and hard cheeses that have been aged. The best wines have a prominent, earthy structure, some tannins, and a bold, full-bodied, oxidized and aromatic flavour. Tannins bind with protein and fat, so the wine helps clean your palate after every bite. 

Choose robust wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, or Meritage blends to complement the cheese. These are popular choices for most people because they complement each other.

Sharp or Smoked Cheese

Red blend wines make smoked or sharp cheese taste better because the cheese’s flavour becomes stronger. They go with almost any food because it is well-rounded. It is usually a mix of different types of red grapes, which makes it medium-bodied and balanced. Red blends have flavours of fruit, herbs, and spices. 

Aged cheese is flavourful and requires a robust, dry wine to match it. Syrah wine is good for this because it has a strong taste, is medium to full-bodied, and has dark fruit and herbs flavours. If you pair wine with smoked cheese, Shiraz with a hint of tobacco is perfect.

Avoid: Fatter cheeses, like Parmesan, are hard to digest. The effect can be disastrous if mixed with very sweet and high alcohol-content wine, such as Porto.

Cheese

Wine

Asiago

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Red Wine: Montepulciano, Dolcetto, Nero d’Avola, Aglianico, Sangiovese , Brunello di Montalcino , Chianti, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec

Sparkling Wine: Prosecco

Cheddar (Aged/Strong)

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White Wine: Sauvignon Blanc (classic Pairing), Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

Red Wine: Cabernet sauvignon (classic Pairing), Merlot, Cabernet Franc, red Bordeaux blends, Rioja (classic Pairing), Malbec (classic Pairing), Syrah/Shiraz

Notes: Go for oaky, tannic wines and fruity, mellow beers to create a multi-layered, flavourful experience.
Chocolatey Malbec helps balance out the aggressive sharpness in aged cheddar.
A full-bodied and dry red Cabernet Sauvignon has hints of herbs and dark fruits. When paired with the extra sharp cheddar, the red wine draws out the bold cheddar flavours of this strong cheese. Cabernet Sauvignon also works well with other intense cheeses, particularly firm and salty ones.
The more full-bodied Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris tends to go well with aged cheddar.
A generously flavoured wine, Shiraz pairs well with rich, aged cheeses. A crumbly, mature cheddar will suit the muscularity of a bold Australian Shiraz. The tannins bind to protein and fat, cleansing your palate after each bite.

Cheddar (Vermont Sharp)

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Red Wine: Pinot Noir (classic Pairing)

Notes: Vermont Sharp Cheddar is aged and must be paired with a wine with earthy notes, such as Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is a dry and light to medium-bodied red wine with these characteristics and ripe red fruit flavours.

Comté

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White Wine: Vin Jaune

Red Wine: Pinot Noir, Benjolais, St. Laurent, Schiava

Gouda (aged)

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White Wine: Riesling

Red Wine: Cabernet sauvignon (classic Pairing), Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Bordeaux blends

Notes: To stand up to the nutty flavours in aged gouda, you need a tannic, full-bodied wine. Cabernet Sauvignon gets the job done.

Manchego (Aged)

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White Wine: Verdejo

Red Wine: Rioja

Sparkling Wine: Cava

Notes: Manchego is often matched with red Rioja, but it is better paired with Cava or a Spanish white based on Verdejo.

Parmigiano Reggiano/Parmesan

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Red Wine: Italian Chianti (classic Pairing), Barolo, Montepulciano, Dolcetto, Nero d’Avola, Aglianico, Cabernet Sauvignon

Sparkling Wine: Prosecco (classic Pairing), Champagne (or other sparkling wine)

Notes: A good Italian Chianti and a potent Parmesan will provide a fascinating mix.
The bubbles in Prosecco cut through the saltiness of this hard cheese. Plus, they’re both Italian!

Pecorino Toscano

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Red Wine: Chianti Classico, Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino

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Blue Mold/Mild wash rind (“Stinky”) Cheeses

Strong cheese categories Fast2eat

Strong

Blue cheeses

Blue cheeses have a bold and salty flavour. They taste better with wines with sweetness and strength to balance their taste. Sweet wines help soften the flavour of the cheese and make it taste creamier. On the other hand, the cheese’s strong flavour helps balance the wine’s sweetness. 

Pairing creamy, salty and super funky blue cheeses with sweet wines is best. Port, medium-sweet sherry, Madeira, and Marsala are good options for blue cheeses. Meanwhile, Moscato, Gewürztraminer, and Late Harvest dessert wines go well with stinky, washed-rind, and blue-veined cheeses. 

Avoid pairing blue cheese with young, dry red wines, as they can make the wine taste metallic.

Cheese

Wine

Cabrales

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Dessert Wine: Madeira

Notes: Madeira, a fortified wine from the Portuguese island of Madeira, is delicious with sheep milk – Brebis cheese, particularly full-fat firm styles such as Cabrales. The smoky, toffee, tangy nuttiness and fruit-cake aromas and flavours of Madeira and its high acidity cut through the richness of these cheeses and enhance the tangy sheep milk flavours.

Gorgonzola

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White Wine: Riesling, Pinot Bianco, Orvieto Classico, Frascati Sup., dry Malvasia, Gavi

Rosé Wine: Chiaretto del Garda, Lagrein Kretzer

Red Wine: Bourdax (classic Pairing), Valtellina Superiore, Sassella, Dolcetto, Barbera (slightly sparkling), Chianti Classico, Teroldego, Merlot del Triveneto, Sangiovese di Romagna

Dessert Wine: Sauternes (classic Pairing)

Notes: Soft and creamy gorgonzola cheeses are better matched with soft, savoury red or white wines.

Gorgonzola Piccante

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White Wine: “Passito” Muscat

Red Wine: Barolo, Barbaresco, Carema, Gattinara, Gemme, Chianti Cl. Riserva, Recioto, Amarone, Brunello di Montalcino, Cabernet

Dessert Wine: Vin Santo, Marsala vergine, Gambellara Recioto

Notes: Spicy Gorgonzola cheese requires well-structured, valuable, aged red wines.
Matching with sweet wines, in general, is also recommended: “passito” Muscat wine or “Marsala Vergine” (which is also good with desserts) and Gambellara Recioto are also excellent.

Roquefort

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White Wine: Riesling

Dessert Wine: Sauternes (classic Pairing), Tawny Port, oloroso Sherry, Monbazillac

Notes: Roquefort and Sauternes is a classic pairing, as the rich, honey, fruit flavour of peaches and apricot of the wine combine well with the salty, tangy flavours of the cheese.
Roquefort also goes well with sweet wines like Riesling, besides fortified wines like Tawny Port or a rich oloroso Sherry.

Roquefort (young)

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White Wine: Sauvignion Blanc

Rosé Wine:Rosé

Notes: Younger Roquefort cheese which tends to have a slightly creamy flavour, can be paired with a Rosé or Sauvignon Blanc, which has good fruit flavours and acidity.

Stilton

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White Wine: Oaked Chardonnays, oaked Sauvignon Blancs, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon/Sauvignon-Semillon

Dessert Wine: Tawny Port (classic Pairing), Red Port (classic Pairing), Madeira, Oloroso sherry

Notes: Typically, Stiltons are paired with red Ports, but a softer, creamier Tawny Port is a better option. The wine’s intense grapey sweetness offsets the challenges of tannins and high alcohol.
Oaked Chardonnays or oaked Sauvignon Blancs and Sauvignon-Semillon blends are a good bet. The melon-tropical-citrus flavours of Chardonnay harmonize with the blue vein (particularly in Stilton). At the same time, the oak brings out the creamy, nutty background.

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Any cheese enriched or encrusted with other ingredients, such as nuts, herbs or spices, should be served with Light Whites or Light Reds (Beaujolais).

More pungent cheeses pair well with more robust wines

Generally, the richer the cheese, the richer the wine.

Serve after-dinner cheese plates with full-bodied or sweeter wines.

Watch those tannins

Red wines with tannins are great with hard cheeses. Tannins clean your mouth after eating cheese. However, tannins don’t work well with young cheeses. They can leave a bad taste in your mouth. If you want red wine with young cheese, choose one with low tannins. Examples of low-tannin red wines are Beaujolais or sparkling red Lambrusco.

Consider a sparkling wine if you have a single wine to match an array of cheeses

Sparkling wine or Champagne is excellent with cheese. The acid and nutty flavours in the wine go well with any cheese. The bubbles from the wine will also help to cleanse your taste buds. Soft and creamy cheese goes well with sparkling wine, but choose one that’s not too strong. Champagne and other sparkling wines made in the traditional method are usually good for this – especially the aged ones. If you’re having a few different types of cheese, it’s a perfect reason to open another bottle of Champagne.

Riesling is also a good choice with cheese, especially off-dry. They have low alcohol and a sweet but acidic flavour that goes well with many cheese types. Alsatian Gewürztraminer is another good option, which is dry and has a light floral aroma that works well with cheese. Lambrusco and other light dessert wines are also good because they balance out the saltiness of the cheese.

What grows together goes together

Pairing wines and cheeses from the same region is a good, “safe” place to start wine and cheese combinations. More often than not, you’ll do well to trust the local traditions and match wines and cheeses from the same region together. Sometimes there are exceptions, but it’s a good rule of thumb. The growing conditions impart particular characteristics (called “terroir”) to a region’s wines. These same characteristics may be imparted to the cheeses through the vegetation on which the animals graze. This makes them taste similar.

Salt loves sweet

Sweet wines balance the saltiest cheeses like hard Grana, blue cheese, aged Gouda, or Feta. The salt in the cheese heightens the wine’s sweetness perception, so a wine already headed in that direction makes for a breezy pairing.

Texture: complement or contrast

Rich, creamy cheeses blend seamlessly with buttery, oaky white wines, creating a harmonious palate sensation. But contrast can be welcome, too. The bubbles in sparkling wines pose a nice counterpoint to a rich cheese, scrubbing your tongue clean and making you want another bite. That’s why Camembert and Champagne are a classic combination.

Cheese loves fruit and nuts

There’s a reason we adorn cheese plates with fresh fruits, dried fruits, and nuts. The juicy, tangy fruits go well with young cheeses like Brie. Sweet dried fruits are lovely with salty cheeses like Stilton. Buttery, bitter nuts are tasty with rich Cheddar. Furthermore, selecting dried fruit, nuts, bread, or crackers can help bridge the wine and cheese pairing imperfections.

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But Remember: Pairing is subjective

If it tastes good together for you, it’s a good pairing.
These are just guidelines; sometimes, despite these generalities, you can find some good pairings that break the rules.

The most important tip is to choose cheeses and wines you like; your taste buds will usually guide you.

The flavours in the cheese and wine will complement each other to enhance their taste. Play with the combinations within these guidelines to find the pairing that you like best.

With these tips, you should be able to make cheese and wine pairing less complicated and more enjoyable. You can enjoy numerous combinations and experiment with this guide as a starting reference point.

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These tips are from my own experience;
I’m neither a party organizer, a sommelier, nor a turophile (a cheese connoisseur). 
I just love cheese, wine and spending time with family and friends.

I hope my easy tips will give you the confidence to host a wine and cheese party with a handful of close friends.

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