Anyone who knows me knows I love wine and cheese, especially when the two are combined. Whether I’m eating in or going out to dinner, a cheese plate (and a glass of wine, obviously) is my go-to appetizer. But choosing how to pair the two isn’t always a simple task. That’s why I’m here to help! I created an easy guide containing four of my favorite wines and the perfect cheeses to pair them with. Use this at your next girl’s night in – and sip and savor away!
Chardonnay (aka my favorite type of wine) goes great with a creamy, soft cheese. I suggest aged goat cheeses, like Chablis Herb by Laura Chenel’s Chèvre. Not a Chardonnay fan? Try pairing it with a Sauvignon Blanc instead. The acidity of Sauvignon Blanc matches the acidity in the cheese, which makes for a very refreshing combination.
The fruity flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon compliment the sharpness (and sometimes bitterness) that cheddar cheese has to offer. I prefer mild cheddar cheese, like Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Mild Wheel, but an aged cheddar can step up this common cheese a notch. Impress your meat lovers by adding salami (the saltier, the better!) to your platter.
This light-bodied white wine is best paired with Gruyere, which is a nutty, fruity cow’s milk cheese. You can also use this cheese for a classic Swiss fondue! Try it with my favorite, Gruyere Grand Cru Surchoix Cheese.
Merlot – which contains chocolate, black cherry and plum notes – is typically considered a safe choice when it comes red wines because of its smoothness. Merlot goes well with Gouda (aka one of the best cheeses EVER) because the taste of the cheese does not change when paired with this wine. This means you can fully appreciate this cheese and all of its creamy, sweet goodness.