The Best Wine and Cheese Pairings - a Pairing Guide by The Tipsy Grape

The Best Wine and Cheese Pairings - a Pairing Guide by The Tipsy Grape

The Best Wine and Cheese Pairings - a Pairing Guide by The Tipsy Grape

Wine and Cheese Pairing

If you want to play it safe with wine and cheese, stick with hard cheeses: they'll go with almost any wine. But if you aren't a play-it-safe kinda person, venture forth into the land of fromage with the following ideas.

GENERAL

Style Mature, Fine Wines
-- CheesesNon-competitive cheeses:Mature Gouda, Mimolette

Style Almost Any Wine
-- CheesesHard Cheeses:Cantal, Cheddar, Double Gloucester, Gouda (mature), Grana Padano, Gruyere, Manchego, Parmesan-Reggiano, Red Leicester, Ricotta Salata

WHITE WINES

Style Fine Champagnes and Sparkling Wines
-- Varietals Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
-- Regions Champagne, California
-- Cheeses Chaource, Explorateur, Gratte-Paille

Style Light-bodied Fruity Whites
-- Varietals Airén, Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Viognier
-- Regions Worldwide
-- Cheeses Cantal, Chaource, Cheddar, Cheshire, Manchego, Raclette (French), Reblochon, Selles-sur-Cher, Titilla, Tomme de Savoie

Style Dry, Crisp Whites
-- Varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard, Pinot Gris
-- Regions Bordeaux
-- CheesesBlues: Stilton
--Others: Crottin de Chavignol, Goat cheeses (soft, mild), Mimolette, Pouligny-Saint-Pierre, Selles-sur-Cher, Wensleydale

Style Steely, Flinty Chardonnay
-- Varietals Chardonnay
-- Regions Chablis, some California
-- Cheeses Brie, Chaource, Tomme de Savoie

Style Well Oaked Chardonnay
-- Varietals Chardonnay
-- Regions California, Australia
-- Cheeses Caerphilly, Goat cheeses (soft, mild), Gruyere (Swiss), Parmigiano – Reggiano, Pouligny-Saint-Pierre, Tomme de Savoie, Wensleydale

Style Full-bodied Whites
-- Varietals Pinot Blanc
-- Regions Worldwide
--- Cheeses Goat cheeses (soft, mild)

Style Dry Styles of Sweet Whites
-- Varietals Riesling, Sylvaner, Gewürztraminer
-- Regions Worldwide
-- Cheeses Caerphilly, Goat cheeses (soft, mild), Gruyere (Swiss), Munster (French), Parmigiano – Reggiano, Pouligny-Saint-Pierre, Tomme de Savoie, Wensleydale

Style Botrytised / Late Harvest Wines
-- Varietals Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
-- Regions Sauternes, Worldwide
-- Cheeses Blues: Bleu d'Auvergne, Fourme d'Ambert, Roquefort, Shropshire Blue, Stilton
-- Others: Coulommiers, Gratte-Paille

Style Fortified Wines (Sherry, Madeira, Marsala, port)
-- Varietals (Sherry) Palomino, Pedro Ximenez, Moscatel; (Madeira) Secial, Verdelho, Boal, MalvasiaTinta Negra Mole; (Marsala) Catarratto, Inzolia, Grillo, Damaschino, Perricone, Calabrese, Nerello; (Port) Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tinta Roriz / Tempranillo, Touriga Fresca, Touriga Nacional
-- Regions Italy, Portugal, Spain
-- CheesesBlues: Cabrales, Gorgonzola, Shropshire Blue, Stilton
--Others: Mascarpone, Titilla

RED WINES

Style Light Fruity Reds
-- Varietals Gamay
-- Regions Beaujolais/France
-- CheesesBlues: Bleu de Bresse, Manchego
--Others: Appenzeller, Asiago d'Allevo, Cantal, Chaource, Cheddar, Cheshire, Comte, Emmental (Swiss), Fourme d'Ambert, Le Broure, Morbier, Munster (French), Raclette (French), Reblochon, Saint-Nectaire, Tomme de Savoie

Style Medium-bodied Fruity Reds
-- Varietals Grenache, Pinot Noir
-- Regions Australia, California, France, New Zealand, Oregon, South Africa, Spain
-- CheesesBlues: Bleu de Bresse
--Others: Appenzeller, Asiago d'Allevo, Camembert de Normandie, Comte, Crottin de Chavignol, Emmental (Swiss), Fourme d'Ambert, Gruyere (Swiss), Le Broure, Livarot, Morbier, Munster (French), Pont l'Eveque, Raclette (French), Saint-Nectaire, Selles-sur-Cher

Style Medium-bodied Reds with Soft Tannins
-- Varietals Merlot, Cab Franc
-- Regions Pomerol/France, St. Emilion/France, worldwide
-- CheesesBlues: Shropshire Blue, Stilton
--Others: Chaumes, Goat cheeses (soft, mild), Livarot, Ossau-Iraty, Pecorino Romano Pont l'Eveque, Selles-sur-Cher

Style Full-bodied Fruity Reds
-- Varietals Pinot Noir, Gamay
-- Regions Burgundy/France, Rhone/France, Sancerre/France
-- CheesesBlues: Bleu de Bresse
--Others: Appenzeller, Asiago d'Allevo, Camembert de Normandie, Comte, Crottin de Chavignol, Emmental (Swiss), Fourme d'Ambert, Gruyere (Swiss), Le Broure, Livarot, Morbier, Munster (French), Pont l'Eveque, Raclette (French), Saint-Nectaire, Selles-sur-Cher

Style Soft Cabernet Blends
-- Varietals Blends of Cabernet France, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot
-- Regions Bordeaux/France, California
-- CheesesBlues: Shropshire Blue, Stilton
--Others: Goat cheeses (soft, mild), Livarot, Ossau-Iraty, Pont l'Eveque, Selles-sur-Cher

Style Rustic Italian Reds
-- Varietals Sangiovese, Brunello (Sangiovese clone)
-- Regions Brunello/Italy, Chianti/Italy
-- CheesesBlues: Gorgonzola, Stilton
--Others: Asiago d'Allevo, Brindamour, Fontina d'Aosta, Gaperon, Parmigiano – Reggiano, Provolone (Italian), Taleggio

Style Spicy Reds
-- Varietals Zinfandel, Petit Syrah
-- Regions Argentina, Australia, California, South Africa
-- CheeseBlues: Bleu d'Auvergne, Shropshire Blue, Stilton
--Others: Brindamour, Coulommiers, Crottin de Chavignol, Fourme d'Ambert, Gaperon, Goat cheeses (soft, mild), Gruyere (Swiss), Leyden, Ossau-Iraty, Pont l'Eveque, Saint-Nectaire, Tete de Moine

Style Strong Spanish Reds
-- Varietals Tempranillo
-- Regions Duero/Spain, Navarra/Spain, Rioja/Spain
-- CheesesBlues: Cabrales, Gorganzola, Stilton

Style Big Tannic Reds
-- Varietals Syrah (Australia, California, Italy, South Africa, Switzerland, Rhone/France)
Cabernet (Argentina, Australia, Bordeaux/France, California, Chile)
Nebbiolo (Argentina, California, Piedmont/Italy)
Malbec (Argentina, Cahors/France, California, Chile)
-- Regions (See individual varietals, above)
-- CheesesBlues: Bleu d'Auvergne, Shropshire Blue, Stilton
--Others: Brindamour, Coulommiers, Crottin de Chavignol, Fourme d'Ambert, Gaperon, Goat cheeses (soft, mild), Gruyere (Swiss), Ossau-Iraty, Pont l'Eveque, Saint-Nectaire, Tete de Moine