Serving Wine and Cheese: What Works Well

Part of the Pairing Food & Wine For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Far from foolproof, cheese can be tough on wine. And contrary to popular belief, whites often fair better than reds. For your next wine and cheese party, try serving the following combinations for a tasty evening:

  • Goat’s cheese with light, crisp, dry whites such as Sauvignon Blanc

  • Bloomy rind cheese with soft, wood-aged whites, such as barrel-fermented Chardonnay

  • Washed rind cheeses with full-bodied, aromatic, fruity (spicy), round whites, such as Gewürztraminer

  • Hard cheeses with full-bodied, robust reds, such as Amarone della Valpolicella

  • Blue-veined cheeses with sweet, late harvest or fortified wines, such as Icewine or Port

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