Red Wine and Cheese Pairing

Wine Cheese Pairing
Aleatico St Andre, Brie, Camembert
Barbera Parmigiano Reggiano, Taleggio
Bordeaux Havarti, Brie, Camembert, triple crème cheses, Epoisses, Saint Nectaire, chimay, chalosse, gabletou, tome de bordeaux, tome des recollets
Brunello Asiago, Gouda, Parmigiano-reggiano, Dry Jack, pecorino toscano, mozzarella, provolone, fontina, monterey jack, gorgonzola
Cabernet Brie, Camembert, strong chedder, Danish blue, Cabernet Franc blue cheese, brie, camembert, extra sharp chedder, gorgonzola, havarti, sharp chedder, smoked cheder, swiss
Cabernet Sauvignon Camembert, Strong Cheddar, Danish Blue, Baby Swiss, Blue Cheese, Camembert, Colby Jack, Garlic & Herb Brie, Gorgonzola, Gruyere, Havarti, Paramesan, Abbaye De Belloc, Ardrahan, Bra Tenero, Chalosse, Comte, Gouda, Llangloffan, Le Moulis, Ouray, Reblochon, San Andreas, Tome de Couserans
Cinsault Cheddar
Dolcetto Baby Swiss, Gruyere, Swiss
Grenache Ossau Iraty, P’tit Basque, Chistou, Kaikou, Malbec Cashel Blue, Iberico, Manchego, Taleggio
Meritage Goat, Cheddar
Merlot Cheddar, Gouda, Provolone, Abbaye de Belloc, Alpine Shepard, Cantalet, Camembert, Chalosse, Doddington, Gruyere, Ibores, Montasio, Pecorino Toscano, Robiola Bosina, Roncal, Toussaint
Muscat Blu del Moncenisio, Fourme d’Ambert, Gorgonzola, Monte Enebro, Valdeon
Nebbiolo Fontina, Grana Padano, Piave
Petit Verdot Aged Cheeses
Pinot Grigio Cheddar, Mild Cheeses
Pinot Noir Brie, Camebbert, triple crème cheses, Epoisses, Saint Nectaire, chimay, Ossau Iraty, P’tit Basque, Chistou, Kaikou
Primitivo Monterey Jack
Sangiovese Comte, Emmental, Madrigal, Manchego, Parmiggiano Reggiano
Shiraz Cabecou Feuille, Dubliner, Reblochon, Saint Nectaire
Syrah Ossau Iraty, P’tit Basque, Chistou, Kaikou, Comte, Emmental, Madrigal, Manchego, Parmiggiano Reggiano, Sharp Chedder, Monterey Jack, Edam, Parmesan, Gouda
Tempranillo Ossau Iraty, P’tit Basque, Chistou, Kaikou, Cheddar, Fium ‘Orbu, Fleur du Maquis, Havarti, Mahon, Manchego, Serena, Tomme de Savoie, Zamarano
Zinfandel Muenster, Comte, Emmental, Madrigal, Manchego, Parmiggiano Reggiano


Overview for Wine and Cheese Pairing

Deciding which wine to serve with what cheese can be a little intimidating. Never fear. With our cheese expert Waldemar Albrecht’s few simple ground rules, you’ll be completely confident as you mix and match your way to success. For starters…
GuidelinesMatch the acidity level.

Chances are, an acidic cheese will match nicely with an acidic wine. For example, acidic wines such as Sauvignon Blanc pair perfectly with fresh goat cheese, leaving a fruity tangy, rich and floral taste on the palate.

Opposites attract
On the flip side, contrasting flavors can be quite complementary. For instance, salty blue cheese like Roquefort pairs nicely with a sweet dessert wine like a Sauternes to round off the strength of the cheese, and rich, creamy Brie pairs nicely with dry, bubbly Champagne as it will lift or cut through the cream of the cheese and enhance the taste.

TipsFind a common ground
Or rather, terroir. Wine and cheese from the same regions make very good pairings. For example, a Basque country cheese and a Basque country wine will pair beautifully because they share similar characteristics. Similarly, a Tuscan Pecorino will pair beautifully with a Chianti Classico, while a Spanish Manchego and a juicy Rioja will seem like a match made in heaven.

A natural progression
Begin with the mildest cheese and progress to the strongest. This is particularly important when preparing cheese flights, where each small portion of cheese is paired with a different wine. For example, start with a mild and tangy fresh goat’s milk cheese paired with a crisp, acidic Sauvignon Blanc, then move to the Comté and a big, hearty Rhône Valley red, and finally, a Sauternes or a Port with Roquefort Cheese
Signs of the perfect pairing.

The key to the perfect wine and cheese pairing is balance. Here are a few surefire signs that your pairing is a success:

You’re able to taste both the cheese and the wine without one overpowering the other.

The wine and cheese together bring out something new in either the wine or cheese that wasn’t present before. As an example, a Riesling wine will bring the sweet, juicy flavor of white peaches to an aged Gruyère.

You’re happy, and your guests are happy. Because ultimately, it’s all a matter of personal preference.

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