Pairing wine with cheese is an art form. Whether you are a casual drinker, or you are the sommelier friend in your group, trying out new cheese and wine pairings is a delight for all wine lovers. If you are a beginner but you want to impress your guests, you cannot go wrong with the 10 staple pairings we are sharing today.
- Port and Blue Cheese
A sweet and bold wine paired with a pungent and crumbly cheese is a match made in heaven. The sweetness of the wine beautifully balances out the complex taste of the blue cheese. If the port is vintage, opt for a stinkier cheese!
- Sauvignon Blanc and Goat’s Cheese
Another staple pairing in the wine community, this combination will make you feel refreshed! The goat cheese has an earthy and nutty tone, which pairs wonderfully with the acidic aroma of the Sauvignon Blanc.
- Pinot Noir and Brie
Pinot Noir is known for its floral aromas that match well with the earthy taste of a good brie. The creamy and buttery texture of the cheese is a perfect fit for a bold and flavorful wine like Pinot Noir.
- Prosecco and Humboldt Fog
A bloomy rind cheese is known for a mild acidic taste and interesting texture; Humboldt Fog is quite a unique pairing for Prosecco. The reason why they go so well together is that the sparkling wine cuts through the saltiness of the Humboldt Fog and brings out the nutty flavors in the cheese.
- Moscato and Gorgonzola
Originating in the Asti region in northern Italy, Moscato is a sweet white wine that wakes up your senses. We love it paired with the intense salty flavor of gorgonzola. One of the main rules of wine and cheese pairings is that opposites attract, and this tasteful combination is a perfect example.
- Riesling and Ricotta
Riesling and ricotta is another excellent pairing of opposing tastes that leaves you wanting more. An acidic, dry wine with spicy undertones like Riesling is an excellent match for a delicate and creamy fresh cheese like ricotta.
- Merlot and Extra Sharp Cheddar
As a guideline, red wines don’t often pair well with soft cheeses like brie or camembert. For a dry and smooth red wine like Merlot, hard cheese like extra sharp cheddar is a better option. The cherry tone and chocolate finish of the wine and the nutty and bold taste of the cheese create a symphony of flavors unlike any other.
- Fruity Rosé and Havarti
If you have a tasty rosé waiting for you at home, then head to the soft and creamy cheese aisle – the buttery flavor of Havarti pairs extremely well with a lively and fragrant rosé.
- Chardonnay and Gruyère
Who doesn’t love a good bottle of Chardonnay? This dry, medium-bodied wine goes well with many types of cheese, from camembert to blue. More often than not, we pick a younger Gruyère for a fruity Chardonnay. This is because the pear and apple notes of the wine go well with the nutty flavor of the cheese.
- Beaujolais and Feta
Get the best of both worlds, combining an assortment of sweet berry flavors with a tangy and salty cheese. Bring out the Beaujolais if you want to impress your friends with a red wine that drinks like a white, and pair it with slices of feta for a complete experience of opposing tastes.