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Quick Tips for Pairing Wine and Cheese

Wine and Cheese


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Photo by Jennifer Meier Quick Tips for Pairing Wine and Cheese


Photo by Jennifer Meier

Pairing wine and cheese can be intimidating, but really, it's all about experimenting. There are no set rules for pairing wine and cheese, only guidelines. The five wine and cheese pairing tips below are a good place to start.

Salty With Sweet

The salty flavor of blue cheeses, and even some washed rind cheeses, balances out the sweetness of dessert wines, and vice versa. Try Stilton with Port or Epoisses with Sauternes.


  • Try pairing cheese and wine produced in the same region. Manchego or Zamarano with Albariño wine, and Beecher's Flagship Reserve Cheddar with a Washington state Syrah are examples of regional pairings that work.

Creamy With Tannic

  • Triple Crème cheese is buttery, smooth and gentle -- the perfect foil for the rough tannins found in a young red wine from Bordeaux. Although slightly less creamy, Brie might be another good match.

Acidity With Acidity

  • Repeat after me: Goat cheese and Sauvignon Blanc. You will not be disappointed. Why? The acidity in goat cheese gives it a tangy zip that matches perfectly with the crisp acidity of Sauvignon Blancs. Try French Selles-sur-Cher with Sancerre.

Rich and Creamy With Bubbles

  • If the only reason for this pairing is complete decadence, so be it. Champagne or any sparkling wine paired with a rich, creamy cheese is one of life's great pleasures. Try it with the Cowgirl Creamery's Mt. Tam or a wedge of rich, dense Gruyere.

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