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CHEESE AND WINE PAIRINGS

One of the most often asked questions when serving cheese is what wine goes best with the cheese offering. Borrowing from Laura Werlin's The All American Cheese and Wine Book: Pairings, Profiles & Recipes (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York 2003), we offer her answers to that question.

TEN BASIC GUIDELINES

1. Pair textures of cheese and wine.
2. Pair light cheeses with light wines.
3. Pair white wines with cheese.
4. Pair fruitier-style wines with cheese.
5. Pair sparkling wines with blue, creamy and salty cheeses.
6. Pair red wines with (almost) anything.
7. Pair cheeses and wines with comparable flavors.
8. Pair cheeses and wines with "opposite" flavors.
9. Pair dessert wines with cheese.
10. Pair aged, mild cheeses with older, milder wines.

CHEESE

WHITE WINE

RED WINE

Bittersweet Plantation Dairy Fleur-de-Lis Fromage Triple Cream

Gewürztraminer

Riesling

Sparkling Wine

Sauvignon Blanc

Beaujolais

Light Burgundy

Light Pinot Noir

Bittersweet Plantation Dairy Fleur-de-Teche Fromage Triple Cream

Aged White Burgundy

Pinot Blanc

Syrah

Hearty Pinot Noir

Blue Cheese (semi-soft)

Cayuga White (hybrid)

Gewürztraminer

Riesling

Sparkling Wine

Vignoles (hybrid)

Viognier

Dessert Wines (medium sweet)

Sherry

Zinfandel

Dolcetto

Brie and Camembert (cow's milk)

Cayuga White (hybrid)

Chardonnay

Pinot Blanc

Sparkling Wine

Pinot Noir

Sangiovese

Dolcetto

Cheddar (semi-soft, not sharp)

Cayuga White (hybrid)

Pinot Gris

Riesling

Vignoles (hybrid)

Zinfandel

Pinot Noir

Cheddar (semi-hard, earthy)

Chardonnay

Gewürztraminer

Sparkling Wine

Vignoles (hybrid)

Zinfandel

Syrah

Petite Sirah

Merlot

Grenache

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cheddar (sharp)

Cayuga White (hybrid)

Gewüztraminer

Riesling

Sparkling Wine

Vignoles


Dry Jack

Cayuga White (hybrid)

Chardonnay

Chenin Blanc

Gewürztraminer

Muscat (late-harvest)

Pinot Blanc

Riesling

Sparkling Wine

Vignoles (hybrid)

Sherry

Zinfandel

Syrah

Sangiovese

Pinot Noir

Grenache

Cabernet Sauvignon

Barbera

Goats' Milk Cheese (fresh)

Arneis

Cayuga White

Chenin Blanc

Pinot Gris

Sauvignon Blanc

Sémillon

Seyval

Vidal Blanc

Pinot Noir

Dolcetto

Carignane

Barbera

Baco Noir

Goats' Milk Cheese (semi-hard)

Gewürztraminer

Riesling

Vidal Blanc

Vignoles

Syrah

Sangiovese

Merlot

Gorgonzola

Cayuga White

Gewüztraminer

Riesling

Sparkling Wine

Vignoles

Dessert Wines (medium sweet)

Port

Gouda (semi-soft)

Cayuga White

Chenin Blanc

Riesling

Sémillon

Dolcetto

Gruyère

Chardonnay

Gewürztraminer

Riesling

Vidal Blanc

Vignoles

Viognier

Sherry

Zinfandel

Pinot Noir

Merlot

Cabernet Savignon

Havarti

Cayuga White

Chenin Blanc

Riesling

Cabernet Franc

Baco Noir

Monterey Jack (semi-soft)

Cayuga White

Chardonnay

Chenin Blanc

Pinot Blanc

Riesling

Viognier

Cabernet Franc

Monterey Jack (semi-hard and hard)

Cayuga White (hybrid)

Chardonnay

Chenin Blanc

Gewürztraminer

Pinot Blanc

Riesling

Sparkling Wine

Vignoles (hybrid)

Sherry

Zinfandel

Syrah

Sangivoese

Pinot Noir

Grenache

Cabernet Sauvignon

Barbera

Mozzarella

Chenin Blanc

Sangiovese

Dolcetto

Parmesan

Gewürztraminer

Riesling

Sparkling Wine

Dessert Wine

Port

Sherry

Zinfandel

Sangiovese

Carignane

Cabernet Sauvignon

Provolone (semi-soft)

Chenin Blanc

Riesling

Dolcetto

Baco Noir

Provolone (semi hard to hard)

Gewürztraminer

Riesling

Sparkling Wine

Dessert Wines (medium sweet)

Barbera

Ricotta (cows' and sheep's milk)

Arneis

Chardonnay

Chenin Blanc

Pinot Blanc

Sémillon

Sangiovese

Swiss

Cayuga White (hybrid)

Gewürztraminer

Riesling

Vidal Blanc (hybrid)

Vignoles (hybrid)

Dessert Wines (medium sweet)

Port

Sherry

Grenache

Carignane

 

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