Pairing Cheese With Wine: 6 Tips To Know

The word has always gone around that if you aren’t eating like the French, you aren’t eating at all. And the French love themselves some good cheese and well, unquestionably have a profound love for wine.

Well, why wouldn’t they? Wine and cheese go together like Bonnie and Clyde, and are perfect for an evening soiree to match up with some classy music, but ask any wine lover around that even though this is the most exquisite and tasteful grouping, there are just some set of rules to pick out the perfect wine to go with cheese.

It is always better to be acquainted with your food well, but more importantly, you should know your wine.

Texture, age and the acidity majorly play along with the cheese that is full of fats to actually balance out the astringent taste of wine.

Here are six tips that will surely make you savor the flavor and give your palate a luscious experience.


1. Intensities Should Be Matched

Strong bodied wines usually go with bold cheeses whereas lighter wines harmonize well with simple and light cheese.

It’s because of the foremost reason that wine and cheese are essentially enjoyed in sync as they tend to subtle each other down, in that regard a strong wine along with a lighter cheese would just end up overpowering the taste of the cheese, making it seem chalky.

Hence, same is the case with bolder flavored cheese that you might consume along with lighter wines as they end up stealing away the essence of the wine.

Aged cheddar or some good gouda can take heavy red wines enriched with tannins whereas as cheese like brie go well with white wines or lighter red wines like Pinot Noir.


2. Old Goes With The Old

It’s no shocker that aged wines go well with aged cheese because over time the flavor and the textures intensify.

A matured wine has a higher proportion of acidity and even the flavor accentuate for this reason, earthy and a nutty cheese which has also cultured over time are the best fit to display on your cheese board along with with your old yet gold wine collection.


3. Native Buddies Are The Best Ones

Well, they do say that wines and cheese that grow in a region go together beautifully because there is a high propensity of them sharing a similar taste.

The wine that grows in a particular region takes on to the flavour and essence of that region, commonly known as terroir and this is the same aroma that the cheese intakes. This very terroir makes this duo absolutely irresistible, creating a simple yet a very natural and authentic taste.

Take this pairing which is grown in the Loire Valley of France; Sainte-Maure de Touraine, a pungent goat cheese goes really well with a wine produced in that very region, Savennieres making this duet a one that blends so well as if they were made for each other.


4. Play With Contrasts

That sweet rush definitely needs a splash of robust flavor and these extremities do balance out the taste buds, pair up wines like Riesling and Chardonnay with hard cheese that do have a salty yet sharp taste, even though fruity whites go with almost everything, our expertise would recommend you to go with some parmesan or ricotta.

Fruity reds like Beaujolais go hand-in-hand with nutty yet light flavoured cheeses, whether it be Brie or Camembert to in fact accentuate the fruitiness. Dessert wines are also extremely sweet and can be paired up with intensive pungent cheeses like Stilton.


5. Titillating Tannins

Tannins in wine are responsible for leaving your mouth dry and these essentially come from the skins and stems of the grapes that are essentially necessary for the texture of the wine and also to preserve it.

However, this is somewhat smoothed out by the fattiness and high-protein content in the cheese making the wine taste softer.

White or red wine, which one has a higher content of tannins? Well, red wine is a clear winner and for that reason pick out cheeses that have aged well can complement the strong tang of the wine.

If you want to go with younger cheese or lighter cheese then pick out low tannin wines otherwise, these tannins will end up overpowering the cheese making it taste metallic.


6. Experimentation Never Goes To Waste

Never stop experimenting as you never know what you may discover. Even though we have told you a bunch of things to avoid if you love wine and some set of rules for these pairings, we also believe that nothing is set in stone.

Just try to avoid blue cheese with white wines and take care of pairing heavy red wines with cheeses. The rest is all in the safe zone so go ahead, try different permutations to find your perfect pair.


Hope this helps, as with these amazing tips, will give you a divine experience !



* Author Bio/Credentials

Sara O Brown is a working mom, lives with her dentist husband and her adorable dog, Casper. She is passionate about traveling and cooking. She has been a regular contributor for - wine lover and