The perfect cheese board is an ideal introduction to an evening entertaining friends.
With myriad options, though, curating a cheese board to suit all your guests’ tastes as well as pairing with the best wine can sometimes be overwhelming. We’ve compiled a helpful guide when the time comes to purchase your items.
Follow your taste preferences: If you don’t like a certain cheese or a certain wine, pairing it with something won’t change your opinion on the flavor.
Try to match flavor profiles evenly: Avoid pairing mild cheeses with strong wines.
The bolder the cheese, the bolder the wine should be: Cheese that has been aged for a long time needs to be paired with a full-bodied wine.
Fresh/Soft & Bloomy Cheeses: Burrata, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Feta, Brie, Boursin
Pairs well with: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Moscato, Champagne
Semi-Soft Cheeses: Havarti, Gruyère, Manchego
Pairs well with: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel
Semi-Hard Cheeses: Cheddar, Gouda, Baby Swiss
Pairs well with: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Côtes du Rhône, Shiraz/Syrah, Merlot
Hard Cheeses: Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino, Aged Manchego
Pairs well with: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chianti
Goat Cheeses: Chèvre, Pavé, Rave de Provence
Pairs well with: Pino Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé, Champagne
Blue Cheese: Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton
Pairs well with: Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Port
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