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What Is The Best Wine To Go With Cheese?

Cheese and wine is a classic pairing. But with so many varieties of cheese and wine to choose from, it can be difficult to know how to pair them effectively.

 

How Should Your Type Of Cheese Affect Your Wine Choice?

When pairing wine and cheese, your choice of cheese can alter the taste of wine considerably. Acidic and sugary flavours, along with chilli heat, can change how your wine tastes, and in worse cases, this can make the wine taste bitter.

This is why it is important to consider your cheese and wine pairing with care to ensure both bring out the very best in each other!

 

Red Wines

Red wine can overpower lighter and delicate cheeses, which is why it makes sense to go for a powerful cheese, such as blue cheese or aged cheddar.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a light red wine, and so it matches up nicely with nutty, medium-firm cheeses, like Gruyere, and delicately flavoured, washed-rind cheeses.

Try: Sileni Estates Grand Reserve 

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon matches up well with cheese that is equally intense, such as peppery cheeses and aged cheddars.

Try: Deer Point Cabernet Sauvignon

Rioja

Idiazabal is a traditional cheese made solely from raw sheep's milk, and it is a perfect match for Rioja. You can enjoy it with other sheep cheeses too, like Manchego.

Try: Carrizal Tempranillo

White Wines

You cannot go wrong with white wines and cheese. The sweetness and acidity work well alongside many cheese varieties.

Riesling

If you're serving up a cheese fondue, off-dry styles of Riesling work perfectly. The nutty, robust flavours of fondue complement the acidity of the sweet wine.

Try: Dr Zenzen 1636 Riesling

Chardonnay

Washed-rind cow's cheeses, like Époisses de Bourgogne, are produced in the same areas Chardonnay grows - a match made in heaven! You can also enjoy blue cheeses with the melon, tropical, citrus flavours of Chardonnay.

Try: Hilmar Springs Chardonnay

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect match for goat cheese, especially as the cheese develops a spiciness as it ages.

Try: Los Pastos Sauvignon Blanc

Rosé & Sparkling Wines

Sparkling wines and soft cheeses are a dream combination, providing a palate-cleansing effect.

Champagne

Champagne pairs well with earthy and buttery foods, which is why it works wonderfully with brie.

Try: Autreau Champagne

Pinot Grigio Rosé

With fresh, crisp acidity, and hints of red fruit, this is another wine that pairs beautifully with lighter Mediterranean cheese.

Try: Cortefresca Pinot Grigio Blush

FAQs

Is white wine better than red for cheeses?

White wine is more suitable for serving with cheese than red wine. The sweetness, acidity, and milder bouquet of white wine complement cheese better, yet it does depend on the type of cheese you're eating.

Which wines do salty cheeses work with?

Salty cheese with a long aftertaste pairs best with a full-bodied oaky white.

Why does Champagne pair so well with brie?

A classic wine and cheese pairing - brie is rich and salty, which works well with the fruity freshness of Champagne.