Separately, wine and cheese are both classics you can count on. Paired together, though, they create a culinary experience in a league of its own. There’s a reason why wine and cheese nights are so popular — even if it's just you and your partner or home-base crew. The flavors complement and enhance each other for a delicious and unique combination.
If you’re deciding on what wine and cheese to buy in a rush, a safe bet is to stick with cheese and wine from the same region. These typically pair well together.
But, if you want to get a bit more creative, keep the complementing and contrasting textures and tastes of each in mind. While you really can’t go too wrong (it is wine and cheese after all), you can elevate the experience by purposefully choosing your pairings.
To make the ultimate wine and cheese night, we'd recommend picking up some quality artisanal cheese for optimal flavor. You’ll be able to taste the difference. Also, see if you can try some samples before you buy so that you know the exact flavors you’re getting.
Now, it’s time to learn how to pair wine and cheese for the perfect cheese board.
Below you’ll find some classic pairings, but don’t let them stop you from coming up with your own inventive matches.
Aged gouda and cabernet sauvignon
With sweeter, nutty notes, an aged gouda goes well with a cabernet sauvignon’s full-bodied flavor for a complex, layered taste.
Brie and chardonnay
This rich and creamy cheese has a subtle, buttery taste that adds to the citrus and herbal notes in a chardonnay, making these perfect complements.
Gruyère and merlot
Gruyère is known for its mild taste, which is heightened by a lighter red wine. Enter your glass of merlot. These enhance both flavors without either overpowering the other, so you can fully appreciate them.
Freshly made mozzarella and pinot grigio
Mozzarella is fresh and soft with a milky flavor. Pinot grigio is crisp, vibrant, and citrusy. Together, these pair for a taste you definitely want to add to your next wine and cheese tasting.
Gorgonzola and port
The best drink to pair with a funky, potent cheese? A sweet, red dessert wine. Port flavors often include hints of raspberry, chocolate, and blackberry that go wonderfully with gorgonzola’s classic bold, savory notes.
Goat cheese and sauvignon blanc
With the subtle, acidic notes in goat cheese and sauvignon blanc’s light, tangy taste, this combo makes for a refreshing experience that brings out herbal flavors. It only takes one bite to see why this is such a classic pairing.
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Written by Dani Howell