I am not going to lie, when it comes to pairing different wines and cheeses I normally think less about what is technically "appropriate" and more about putting together an eclectic mix that will have something for everyone. That being said, I've recently done some research and learned a lot about different pairings that will help bring out the natural flavors for a more enjoyable tasting experience. Just like certain foods make sense together (i.e. steak and potatoes), there are different wines and cheeses that pair together in the same way. Some basic things to consider are sweet vs. salty, nutty vs. fruity and texture. Below I have broken down a basic guide with some common wines than even beginners can get on board with.
- Cabernet Sauvignon- There is nothing I love more than a bold cabernet. The best pairing with this heavier red is a bold cheese like a sharp cheddar or a nutty gouda.
- Pinot Noir - This lighter red pairs well with creamier cheeses like brie. This pairing is a match made in heaven because brie has such a distinct earthy flavor and needs a lighter wine to balance it out.
- Champagne & Prosecco - These crisp, light bubbly drinks pair perfectly with a salty, crunchy parmesan cheese.
- Pinot Grigio & Sauvignon Blanc - The distinct and slightly acidic flavor of these wines pair well with milder cheeses like mozzarella and goat.
- Chardonnay- The best cheese to pair with a fruity, nutty chardonnay is an alpine cheese like gruyere. Gruyere's slightly sweet/salty flavor really balances the combined flavor profile out. Herbed cheese also make a nice pairing.