Wine and cheese are two of life’s greatest pleasures and they just so happen to be two of my favorite things. Finding the perfect wine and cheese pairings is something I love to do, With every new cheese I try, I always think to myself, which wine would be perfect with it. Or vice versa. There’s so much to take into consideration with wine and cheese pairings, like texture, acidity, and tannin. I am a firm believer in that both are delicious on their own, but when paired perfectly, magic can happen. This leads us to the million dollar question:
Which Wines Pair Best With What Cheeses?
If I had my pick, I’d more often than not pick a red wine. I used to only drink Moscato in my early days which makes me cringe now. But my palette has been refined (THANK GOD) and now I can appreciate a nice rosé, or sauvignon blanc on a warm summer day.
Merlot & Garlic & Herb Cheeses
Merlot is a medium – full bodied red, typically with hints of plum, black cherry, and black tea. It pairs perfectly with the flavors from this spreadable cheese (like pictured). Since Merlot is a dry and fruity wine, blending it with this tangy flavorful cheese will give the wine the perfect combination of sweet and savory that we all know and love. The cheese will also help bright out the fruity flavors in the wine.
Sauvignon Blanc & Feta
This light bodied and dry wine gives off hints of citrus & grass which makes it perfect for feta’s soft and fresh taste. Since sauvignon blanc is light and feta is soft, neither flavor will over power each other. You’ll love how these both subtle yet complementary flavors go hand in hand perfectly.
Cabernet Franc & Brie
“Cab Franc” as everyone likes to call it, is a medium – dry wine where you get flavors of raspberry, bramble, and sometimes even bell pepper. Brie is soft and creamy, and one of my favorites. Brie is very creamy and buttery which compliments this wine’s savory flavors.
Crisp Dry Rosé & Goat
This light – medium bodied, and dry rosé often with splashes of raspberry and cherry and goat cheeses are very subtle in flavor, it needs a subtle wine so the flavor doesn’t get overwhelmed. Since you’re getting that crisp finish with this wine, the goat cheese will go along with the soft and ripe sip that the wine brings. Think of a perfect summer picnic with a rosé and goat cheese. I am also a big fan of sauvignon blanc with goat cheese if you aren’t a rosé fan.
Riesling & Blue
Riesling is often light and dry with subtle peach and other stone fruits in flavor. People oftentimes stray away from stinky cheese like blue when wine pairing, but these two are perfect. When you pair blue with a sweeter wine like the riesling, it will help balance out that “funk” and give you a more mellow and sweet taste with the cheese. These stinky cheeses give both a unique texture and flavor so don’t leave them out.
Pinot Noir & Comté
This pinot is a light – medium bodied wine with a dry taste, giving off earthy tones and ripe red fruits which pairs great with this cheese because it’s a nutty cheese with medium firmness. Comté can give off hazelnut and brown butter. Neither of these have a robust flavor which lets the flavors from each come out.
The Best Wine and Cheese Pairings
What I’ve learned is – don’t be afraid to experiment or get creative with your pairings! With wine and cheese pairings balance is the key. You want to be able to taste both the wine and cheese and let them compliment each other vs. one 100% being overpowering. If you want to learn more about how to build the perfect cheese board, read my blog post!
Did I leave out a good pairing that you love? Let me know!
~ XOXO, the wine lovin’, Amanda