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Perfect Wine & Cheese Pairings

Although it's hard to go wrong when you've got a glass of wine in one hand and cheese in the other, try these basic guidelines to wine and cheese pairings:

  • Try not to pair a strong wine with a mild cheese. If one of the flavor profiles dominates the other, the taste experience will not be favorable.
  • Soft cheeses like brie, camembert, mild cheddar and havarti pair well with sparkling wines or a Chardonnay that's light on oak flavor. A Viognier from France or Chenin Blanc from Spain is another good choice.
  • Sharp cheddar, aged Gouda, Parmigiano Reggiano and Manchego six months or older are best served with cabernet sauvignon, merlot or a full-bodied shiraz to compliment the bold flavors.
  • Don't overanalyze. Everyone has their own taste preferences, so offer at least one white wine and one red wine and let your guests decide.

Looks like you're up for a party! Be sure to check out our hundreds of cheese varieties at your H-E-B Cheese Shop and take a look at our guide to create your own cheese board. Or you can leave the work to us and let our H-E-B Cheese Specialists create a custom cheese board for you!