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

 

Cotes-du-Rhone

 

Port
Blue Cheddar

 

Merlot

 

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)

 

Merlot

 

 

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

 

 

Chevre (Ripening Goat Cheese) Riesling, Chardonnay, Riesling

 

 

 

Colby Riesling Pinot Noir Champagne

 

Comte

 

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

 

 

Limburger

 

Blaufrankisch

 

 

Manchego

 

Rioja, Tempranillo, Syrah

 

 

Morbier Pinot Gris Dry Rose

 

 

Mozzarella Pinot Gris Dry Rose, Chianti

 

 

Muenster Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris Zinfandel

 

 

Myzithra

 

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

 

 

Romano

 

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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