A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

February 27, 2019

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

 

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.

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

Fresh/Soft & Bloomy Cheeses: Burrata, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Feta, Brie, Boursin

Pairs well with: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Moscato, Champagne

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

Semi-Soft Cheeses: Havarti, Gruyère, Manchego

Pairs well with: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

Semi-Hard Cheeses: Cheddar, Gouda, Baby Swiss

Pairs well with: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Côtes du Rhône, Shiraz/Syrah, Merlot

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

Hard Cheeses: Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino, Aged Manchego

Pairs well with: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chianti

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

Goat Cheeses: Chèvre, Pavé, Rave de Provence

Pairs well with: Pino Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé, Champagne

 

A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

Blue Cheese: Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton

Pairs well with: Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Port

 

For more tips on the perfect wine and cheese pairings, visit HEB.com.

 

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