Classic Combo: Wine and Cheese

Can you think of a more classic combo than wine and cheese?

It’s personally my favorite pairing around (with pizza and wine pairing coming in as a close second). People tend to get overwhelmed when it comes to pairing these two beautiful things because there are so many options. I’m here to break it down for you and give you some basic rules to go by that makes it seem like you know what you’re talking about because thats what we’re all trying to do anyways, act like we know what we’re talking about. Always remember “The funkier the wine, the funkier the cheese”


Bold reds go with bold cheeses. Simple. Red wines contain tannins which can be smoothed out with fattier cheese or a cheese with a decent salt content.  Try firm cheeses like cheddar, gouda and manchego (my personal favorite cheese). 


Medium-firm, nutty cheeses pair best with light red wines like a Pinot Noir. You can really go any way with a light red wine. Feta and Beaujolais is a great combo as well. 


White wines pair with virtually any cheese because white wine doesn’t contain any tannins which tend to make pairing more difficult. Bleu cheese is the only cheese that doesn’t pair well because it’s so pungent and overwhelms the delicacy of most whites. Classic pairings are Sauvignon Blanc + Goat Cheese, Processo + Parmesan and Riesling + Fondue. If you’re new to wine and cheese pairings, white wines are a good place to start.


The cheese plate is served at the end of dinner and sometimes even dessert in Europe. When you’re dealing with a sweeter wine it’s best to pair with a very bold cheese. The most classic combo in is Vintage Port + Bleu Cheese. 

Infograph from Wine Folly


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  1. I want a cheese plate for my birthday this year. I just went out the other night and had a great cheese and meat platter at this wine place. Loved it.