Nothing is more universal than wine and cheese pairings! There are over 250 boutique cheese producers and importers in the United States, offering many brands, variations and styles. Choosing wine and cheese pairings just takes experimenting to determine which types of wine, tastes and styles are the most appealing.
Soft Cheeses - Soft cheeses are milky and creamy in texture. Some examples are: Brie, Caboc, Camembert, Fontina, Fountainebleu, Gorgonzola, Gouda, Marscapone, Mozzarella, Munster, Pico, Ricotta, Provolone and Fontina.
Wine Recommendations for Soft Cheese - Rhone wines, Chianti, Beaujolais, Riesling, Champagne or sparkling wines.
Hard Cheeses - Cheeses that are considered hard are aged longer, have a firm texture and have been pressed into dense rinds. Hard cheeses cover a broad spectrum of highly aromatic cheeses with various ranges of sharpness and flavor. Some examples are Asagio, Edam, Longhorn, Gruyere, Gouda, Lancashire, Cheddar, Huntsman, Raclette and Parmesan.
Wine Recommendations for Hard Cheese – Red wines tend pair the best with hard cheese. Types of red wine choices are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Barolo. White wines that pair well are: Chardonnay and Viognier.
Blue Cheese – Creamy, soft and strong flavored, Blue cheese is easily defined by the blue “veins” running through this cheese. This is actually mold and it accounts for the pungent taste. Some examples are: Roquefort, Gorgonzola, Berkshire and Stilton.
Wine Recommendations for Blue Cheese – Sweet wines tend to pair better with these cheeses because the strong flavor of the cheese overpowers dry white wines and their creaminess cannot stand up to the tannins in medium-bodied red wines.
Some examples of sweet wines that pair well with this kind of cheese are: Sauternes, German Kabinett, Vin Santo and Moscato d’Asti. For other reds, try Pinot Noir or Merlot.
Host a Wine and Cheese Party! Hosting Wine and Cheese Parties is an easy way to entertain. Invite a group of friends for an evening that’s casual and fun.