Pairing wine and cheese creates a remarkable sensory experience — caramel-nut flavors fade into nuanced notes of butter on your tongue, the essence of grass mingles with aromas of fresh citrus from your glass, and bloomy white rinds are opened to reveal the silkiest of cheeses. Sample a different selection and you’ll enjoy something totally unique.
Finding the ideal wine relies on an understanding of the richness, flavor, salt content, and texture of the cheese — if you’re still learning, keep these perfect pairings handy as a good starting point.
Sharp, Aged Cheeses
Like Parmigiano, Asiago, Gouda & Cheddar
Look for reds with a little tannin (dryness) like Sangiovese, Barbera, or Tempranillo. If you prefer whites, choose one with a fuller body and a touch of oak like Chardonnay or a creamy Viognier.
Like Triple Crème, Brie & Camembert
Sparkling wines work well with creamy cheeses — the bubbles cut the richness. Other complementary pairings include a medium-bodied Chardonnay or a soft Merlot.
Like Gorgonzola, Roquefort & Stilton
Balance the saltiness of blue cheese with Ports, Sherries, Zinfandels, robust Cabernets or sparkling Rosés.
Stinky, Aromatic Cheeses
Like Taleggio, Grayson & Epoisses
Pungent cheeses need wines with a touch of sweetness to mellow some of their aromas. Try a Gewurztraminer or Riesling.
If you’re serving your cheese with jam, talk to the experts at our wine shop before choosing a bottle — the high sugar content in the jam can influence pairing suggestions.