Common Wine and Cheese Pairings

Written by admin on March 15, 2009

Creamy cheeses require a wine with higher acidity. The whiter and fresher the cheese, the crisper and fruitier the wine should be. Heavy rich cheeses will partner well with light reds and Chardonnay. Strong veined cheeses usually demand a sweeter wine. Soft cheeses with bloomy white or red dotted rinds need full-bodied whites or younger reds. Orange-red rind soft cheeses pair well with full-bodied red wines or heavy whites. Semi-soft cheeses with a pink-grey rind require strong powerful white wines and mature whites.

White Wines Recommended Cheeses
Champagne or sparkling Brie, Camembert
Chardonnay Mild Cheddar, Gruyere, Provolone
Gewurztraminer Swiss, most German cheeses
Loire Valley wines Goat Cheese
Riesling Gouda
Sauternes Roquefort, Blue
Sauvignon Blanc Goat Cheese
Red Wines Recommended Cheeses
Amarone Gorgonzola, Parmigiano-Reggiano , Asiago
Cabernet Sauvignon Camembert, Sharp Cheddar, Blue
Port Stilton, Gorgonzola
Shiraz Sharp Cheddar

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