Pairing Wine & Cheese
There is perhaps no more perfect pairing than that of wine and cheese. Their subtle flavors and textures are a natural complement to one another, and with endless varieties of each, matchmaking opportunities abound.
As with any wine pairing, there’s no “wrong” way to put wine and cheese together, but here are some tried-and-true combinations.
Pair crisp, acidic whites like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio with soft, young cheeses such as goat cheese and mozzarella.
Full-bodied, buttery whites like Chardonnay complement sharp, semi-hard cheeses like Asiago and cheddar.
Light-bodied red wines traditionally accompany soft, milder-flavored cheeses. Consider Pinot Noir with Gouda.
Savory, fruit-forward wines like Merlot are a good choice for smoked cheeses.
Sweeter wines like Riesling or Malvasia are a pleasing contrast to most bleu cheeses (which also pair well with fruit-forward red wines such as Zinfandel).
Creamy Brie and Camembert strike the perfect balance with lively sparkling wines.