Cheese Pairing Guide

Mention a wine party to someone, and the first thing that tends to come to mind is "and cheese". Wine and cheese both have an extremely long history - both were mentioned in the Odyssey! Both wine and cheese are natural products, created using a standard process but with a myriad of results. Both tend to age well.

Wine and Cheese

Wine and cheese combinations, much like all other aspects of wine, are a purely personal decision. That said, there are some combinations that are naturally pleasing to the vast majority of consumers. Usually one drinks red wine with hard cheese, and white wine with soft cheeses. These charts below are just a guideline - be sure to keep an open mind and find out what is best suited to your own palate!

Cheese Type


Wine Suggestions

Baby Swiss Asti Spumanti
Bleu Tawny Port, Madeira, Sherry
Boursin Gewurztraminer
Brie, Vintage Champagne, Sweet Sherry
Brie, US Cabernet, Beaujolais
Camembert Cabernet, Chenin Blanc
Caraway Gewurztraminer
Cheddar, Mild Champagne, Chardonnay
Cheddar, Strong Cabernet, Rioja, Sauvignon Blanc
Cheshire Riesling
Chevre Gewurztraminer, Champagne
Colby Riesling, Champagne
Cream Cheese White Zinfandel
Danish Blue Cabernet
Edam Riesling, Dry Champagne
Feta Beaujolais
Goat Cheese Sancerre, Vouvray
Gorgonzola Sauternes - Bordeaux
Gouda Riesling, Champagne
Gruyere Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Port
Havarti Bordeaux, Rioja
Monterey Jack Riesling
Muenster Beaujolais, Zinfandel
Provolone Chardonnay
Roquefort Tawny Port
Stilton Port
Swiss Gewurztraminer

- goes best with white wine
- goes best with red wine

Cheese and Wine Information
Wine and Food Pairings

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