Perfect Wine & Cheese Pairings

 
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.
  • 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.
  • Soft cheese pairs well with sparkling wine or white wine that’s light on oak flavor, such as Chardonnay.
  • Sharp cheese or aged cheese—six months or older—are best served with full-bodied wine to compliment the bold flavors.
 
 
Hard Cheese
Hard Cheeses:
Parmigiano Reggiano
Pecorino
Aged Manchego
 
Hard Cheese Wine Pairings
Pairs well with:
Cabernet Savignon
Zinfandel
Pinot Noir
Semi-Hard Cheese
Semi-Hard Cheeses:
Cheddar
Gouda
Baby Swiss
 
Semi-Hard Cheese Wine Pairings
Pairs well with:
Pinot Noir
Pinot Gris
Sauvignon Blanc
Semi-Soft Cheese
Semi-Soft Cheeses:
Havarti
Fresh Mozzarella
Jarlsberg
 
Semi-Soft Cheese Wine Pairings
Pairs well with:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Pinot Noir
Zinfandel
Soft Cheese
Soft Cheeses:
Brie
Boursin
 
Soft Cheese Wine Pairings
Pairs well with:
Champagne
Riesling
Merlot
Goat Cheeses
Goat Cheeses :
Chevre
Pave
Rave de Provence
 
Goat Cheese Wine Pairings
Pairs well with:
Pinot Grigio
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay
Blue Cheese & Brie
Blue Cheese & Brie:
Gorgonzola
Roquefort
Stilton
 
Blue Cheese & Brie Wine Pairing
Pairs well with:
Zinfandel
Chardonnay
Merlot
Riesling
 
 
Looks like you're up for a party!
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