Pairing Wine and Cheese




Cheese and wine have centuries-old traditions of being partnered together as an extremely compatible match. There are no hard and strict rules about which wine should be selected to accompany a particular cheese as the best selections are almost always based on individual tastes. Fortunately, there are no hard and strict rules about which wine to match with a particular cheese. Rather, it pays to experiment and let your individual taste and judgment be the best guide. However, here are some helpful guidelines.

First, consider matching wines and cheeses from the same region. As a rule, the whiter and fresher the cheese the crisper and fruitier the wine should be. Note that a whiter and fresher cheese goes well with a crisp, fruity wine and in general, white wines go better with many cheeses than reds. Within the red category, choose fruity, light red wines that are especially suited to soft cheeses, especially goat cheese. Champagnes make a fabulous combination with bloomy white rinds. Very salty cheese looks for a wine with good acidity. Sweet wine contrasts very well with a cheese with high acidity.

If it’s still confusing, beer or cider are great alternatives.


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