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An illustrated guide to pairing wine and cheese


One marriage no one can object to is the mouthwatering combination of wine and cheese. Each is delicious on its own, but when you pair the two, magic can happen. Be it tannic, light, sweet, or dry, you can bet there’s a wine out there for every cheese (even fondue!). The next time you fix yourself up a cheese plate, here are the wines you should be bringing along for the ride.

Port and Bleu Cheese


Port’s sweetness and thick body are the perfect foil for pungent, crumbly bleu cheese.

Prosecco and Parmesan


The bubbles in Prosecco cut through the saltiness of this hard cheese. Plus, they’re both Italian!

Sauternes and Fondue


The richness of fondue is a match made in heaven for decadent dessert wine Sauternes.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Aged Gouda


In order to stand up to the nutty flavors in aged Gouda, you need a tannic, full bodied wine. Cabernet Sauvignon gets the job done.

Chardonnay and Gruyere


Whether you choose to snack on gruyere whole or melty, the fruit and nut flavors in Chardonnay are an ideal mate.

Rioja and Manchego


This sweet, classic cheese calls for the quintessential Spanish wine: Rioja!

Riesling and Ricotta


Sweet, creamy ricotta loves tangy Riesling. Try ricotta with both the sweet and the dry variations of this German classic wine.

Malbec and Aged Cheddar


Chocolatey Malbec helps balance out the aggressive sharpness in aged cheddar. Who’s up for a bowl of adult macaroni and cheese?

Gewürztraminer and Morbier

Gewürztraminer is the perfect white wine to cut through the stink of morbier

Pinot Noir and Brie

Brie needs a wine that will go well with its distinct flavors while remaining light enough not to overwhelm them. A good glass of Pinot Noir is brie’s best friend.

Beaujolais and Feta


You want a bright red wine that will match feta’s saltiness. Beaujolais (or a light Greek wine!) is the answer.

Viognier and Jarlsberg


The stone fruits found (like peaches) in Viognier mouthwateringly cut through the savory flavors of Jarlsberg.

Monterey Jack and Merlot


This classic American cheese craves a wine that’s on the lighter, fruitier side – just like Merlot.

Mozzarella and Pinot Grigio


The acidity of Pinot Grigio tangos well with this soft, slightly sweet classic pizza cheese.

Sauvignon Blanc and Goat Cheese


Sauvignon Blanc

Is the perfect distinct white wine to pair with this tangy cheese?



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