Cheese Board Wine Pairings

When it comes to wine pairing, the best way to discover what works is to experiment and let your taste buds take the lead. That said, it helps to have a little direction. To help you on your way, here are some basic guidelines for creating the perfect cheese and wine pairings.The first guideline of wine and cheese pairing you want to consider is choosing wines and cheeses from the same region. Rioja and Manchego from Spain for example, make a perfect pair. Then, don’t be afraid to explore and mix regions. 

  1. Bubbles pair well with everything! Prosecco goes nicely with salty aged cheeses like Parmesan and Pecorino (they’re also both from Italy – see #1) Dry, traditional-method sparkling wines like brut Champagne pair well with bloomy cheeses like ultra creamy Triple Cream Brie and luscious Robiola.

  2. Luxurious sweet wines like Sauternes pair beautifully with rich and creamy fondue.

  3. Cabernet Sauvignon is a tough wine to pair with cheese. Aged cheeses like aged gouda and cheddar work best to stand up to the tannic, full-bodied wines.

  4. Fruit forward and nutty Chardonnay goes well with Gruyere, especially when melted.

  5. The sweetness and heavy body of fortified wines like port and the sweet white dessert wines like late harvest Riesling, pair well with pungent, stinky cheeses like bleu cheese, Gorgonzola, Cambozola, Roquerfort.

  6. Creamy Ricotta likes tangy wines like Pinot Grigio and dry Riesling.

  7. Dry fruity unoaked reds like Pinot Noir add complexity without overpowering soft light cheeses like Brie and Camembert.

  8. Mozzarella and Pinot Grigio are the Pizza and Wine classic combo!

  9. Feta is a tough one to pair. Choose off-dry wines like Gewürztraminer or Riesling to match up to the saltiness of feta.

  10. Tart, crisp Sauvignon Blanc pairs beautifully with tangy Goat Cheese. The Sancerre region of France is known for producing both perfectly.