A few tips in choosing which cheeses to pair with which wines:

We all tend to be intimidated by the thought of pairing wine and cheese. It’s not as daunting a task as one might think. The most important tip is to choose cheeses and wines that you like; usually your own taste buds will guide you.

That being said, here are two easy guidelines to assist you:

  1. Your cheeses and wines should complement each other; mild cheeses pair well with lighter wines and more pungent cheeses pair well with more robust wines. The secret here is to avoid having either overpowered by the other. For example, if you pair a semi-soft cheese with a Cabernet Sauvignon, the cheese taste will be lost to the robust flavor of the Cab.
  2. Choosing cheeses and wines from the same region is also an excellent way to find sublime pairings. For example pairing Seattle-based Beecher’s Flagship with a Washington Syrah would be a nice pairing or pairing a French Brie with a French Champagne would also make an enjoyable taste sensation.


I have prepared this chart to assist you in successfully pairing cheeses and wines for your next event or quiet evening at home relaxing:


Cheese White Wine Red Wine Champagne/Sparkling Wine Dessert Wine
Asiago Soave Merlot Champagne Port, Madeira
Baby Swiss Pinot Blanc


Asti Spumante


Blue Brie




Blue Cheddar




Tawny Port, Sherry
Blue Cheese Sancerre Zinfandel, Bordeaux


Madeira, Tawny Port
Blue Triple Cream Chardonnay



Tawny Port
Brie Pinot Gris Gamay Beaujolais Champagne Sweet Sherry
Camembert Sauvignon Blanc Cabernet Sauvignon



Cheddar (Mild) Gruner Veltliner Gamay Beaujolais, Syrah



Cheddar (Medium) Chardonnay Merlot Champagne Port
Cheddar (Sharp) Pouilly Fuisse Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon


Tawny Port
Chevre (Aged Goat Cheese)





Chevre (Fresh Goat Cheese) Vouvray, Chenin Blanc, Sancerre Pinot Noir



Chevre (Ripening Goat Cheese) Riesling, Chardonnay, Riesling




Colby Riesling Pinot Noir Champagne




Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon



Cotija Chardonnay, Riesling




Cream Cheese Riesling, White Zinfandel Cabernet Sauvignon



Crème Fraiche




Muscat, Port
Feta Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc Gamay Beaujolais Champagne


Gorgonzola Gewurztraminer Merlot Moscato d’Asti Tawny Port
Gouda (Aged)


Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir



Gouda (Smoked)


Merlot, Pinot Noir



Gouda (Young) Riesling Gamay Beaujolais



Gruyere Sancerre Merlot Champagne Tokaji, Port
Havarti Chenin Blanc Tempranillo, Bordeaux










Rioja, Tempranillo, Syrah



Morbier Pinot Gris Dry Rose



Mozzarella Pinot Gris Dry Rose, Chianti



Muenster Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris Zinfandel





Merlot, Meritage



Parmesan Chardonnay, Riesling, Sancerre Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah Lambrusco Port, Madeira, Sauternes
Pecorino Romano Gewurztraminer Merlot, Zinfandel



Provolone Chardonnay Sangiovese, Barolo, Syrah



Raclette Riesling Gamay Beaujolais





Merlot, Bordeaux



Roquefort Sancerre Bordeaux


Tawny Port, Sherry
Swiss (Mild) Riesling Gamay Beaujolais



Swiss (Robust) Pinot Gris Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Zinfandel


Port, Madeira
Triple Cream Vouvray Bordeaux Champagne, Blanc de Blanc


For more pairings and other information regarding cheese, please visit my blog at cheesemonger .

©Copyright 2009 Marcella Wright and Echoes from the CheeseMines  – Used by Permission

3 Responses to “Generic Cheese and Wine Pairing Chart”

  1. jennifer the wine connoisseur Says:

    Love this site!

  2. Wow! Wow! As a cheese and wine lover I want to take this list every there with me (and maybe I will). Your cheese reviews are great too – are you able to get many California cheeses in Oregon?

    • cheesemonger Says:

      Cindy, we get a few California cheeses in Oregon/Washington – wish we got more; especially from the smaller producers… Thanks for the comment and interest.

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