Many often struggle with Wine and Cheese pairings. Then we wonder about what kind of wine should we serve when we have friends and family over for dinner or a barbecue.
I’ve learned a great deal from much reading and have gathered a combination of things from other cooks, chefs and wineries as well as asking a good many questions at my local wine shops or markets about wine and cheese combinations. This information is now my combined, go-to list when I’m trying to pair a good wine with different cheeses for a cheese plate.
I’ve actually framed this information and keep on my kitchen counter. It gives me a quick and easy access to the information when I need it, most often when I’m in a hurry. Unfortunately, that seems to be all the time. I hope you find it as helpful as I do.
First when making a decision about wine and cheese pairing, I always have a couple bottles of good Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio on hand. These two wines go well with any combination of meats, main entrees, cheeses, simple appetizers and even desserts.
If you have the time and want to be more particular about your selection, these are some great combinations of wines and cheeses, combined with other condiments that we find work nicely together.
Wine and Cheese Pairings: The Perfect Pairs
First when making a decision about wine and cheese pairing, I always have a couple bottles of good Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio on hand. These two wines go well with any combination of meats, main course items, cheeses and simple appetizers. So I choose what I prefer: red or white, or for fun, I have both.
If you have the time and want to be more particular, these are some great combinations of wines and cheeses, combined with other condiments that we find work nicely together.
Wine and Cheese Pairings
Classics for a Platter and/or Simple Appetizer Combinations:
- Tawny Port – Stilton, Gorgonzola with Honey & Walnuts
- Champagne – Brie, Camembert with Strawberries
- Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc – Aged Gouda with Figs & Chocolate
- Chardonnay – Gouda, Gruyere, Parmesan, Provolone with Almonds & Honey
- Shiraz, Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon – Cheddar with Apples & Walnuts
- Merlot – Gruyere or Swiss Cheese with Almonds
- Loire Valley Wines – Goat Cheese with Fresh Herbs or Chutney, Preserves & Berries
- Amarone – Gorgonzola, Parmigiano-Reggiano with Balsamic Vinegar & Olives
- Sauternes – Roquefort, Blue with Apples & Walnuts
- Pinot Noir & Pinot Grigio – everything above or to your taste
Have fun with these Wine and Cheese Pairings and don’t be afraid to try something new.
Let me know what you think and what you enjoy the most when you try any of these various combinations.
Time for a glass and some cheese…