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Your Grape-by-Grape Guide to Pairing Wine with Cheeses from Around the World

*grapes are listed alphabetically, followed by sparkling wines, sweet wines, and then some of the classic blends*

BARBERA
Abbaye de Belloc
Banon
Fiore Sardo
Fontina
Grana Padano
Lancashire
Ossau-Iraty
Piave
Taleggio

BLAUFRANKISCH
Pair your Blaufrankisch wines (also known as Lemberger) with these cheeses:
Cantalet
Feta
Limburger
Monterey Jack
Gouda (smoked, aged, or straight up)
Pepper Jack
Piave
Provolone
Smoked cheeses
Sublimity (washed rind cheese from Oregon)
Washed Curd


CABERNET SAUVIGNON
A big Cabernet Sauvignon red will pair well with these cheeses:

Abbaye de Belloc
Ardrahan
Bra Tenero
Chalosse
Cheddar (sharp)
Comte
Danish Blue
Gouda (aged)
Llangloffan
Le Moulis
Ouray
Reblochon
San Andreas
Tome de Couserans

CHARDONNAY
Chardonnay (Burgundy, California, Chablis, Pouilly-Fuisse, Morillon, etc.) wines can pair wonderfully with these cheeses:

Chardonnay Grape

Affidelice
Alpine Shepard
Bel Paese
Bucheron
Brie (esp. Burgundy)
Cambazola
Cantal
Cashel Blue
Chaource
Cotija

Dry Jack
Epoisses
French mountain cheeses
Garrotxa
Gruyere
Jarlsberg (esp. Chablis)
Panela
Parmigiano-Reggiano
Pave d’Auge
Pecorino (esp. Pouilly-Fuisse)
Provolone
Shropshire Blue
Tete de Moine


CHENIN BLANC
A few ideas for pairing Chenin Blanc with cheese:

Blue Castello
Camembert
Derby
Graddost
Raclette de Savoie

GAMAY
Brie
Camembert
Cheddar
Durrus
Feta
Morbier

GEWURZTRAMINER
A nice Gewurztraminer or dry Traminer wine would pair well with these cheeses:
Alpine Shepard
Ardrahan
Boursin
Chevre
Durrus
Meunster
Pecorino Romano
Robiola
Swiss
Tome d’Aquitaine
Tumalo Tomme
Wensleydale

GRUNER VELTLINER
Known as being a great food wine that can pair with almost anything, including artichokes and asparagus, Gruner Veltliner will also pair well with these cheeses:

Appenzeller
Brin D’Amour
Caerphilly
Chimay
Double Gloucester
Garrotxa
Harbourne Blue
Harvest Moon (washed rind cheese)
Munster
Livarot
Ibores
Mahon
Vacherin Fribourgeois


MALBEC
Malbec wines pair well with these cheeses:
Cashel Blue
Iberico
Manchego
Taleggio

MERLOT
Merlot, and even some Merlot blends, will pair nicely with these cheeses:

Gruyere

Abbaye de Belloc
Alpine Shepard
Cantalet
Camembert
Chalosse
Doddington
Gouda
Gruyere
Ibores
Montasio
Pecorino Toscano
Robiola Bosina
Roncal
Toussaint


MUSCAT
A white Muscat wine, be it dry, off-dry or semi-sweet, will pair nicely with these cheeses:

Blu del Moncenisio
Fourme d’Ambert
Gorgonzola
Monte Enebro
Valdeon

NEBBIOLO
Fontina
Grana Padano
Piave

PETIT SIRAH
Arina
Benning
Darcy
Pierre-Qui-Vire
Saint-Florentin
Soumaintrain

PINOT BLANC
Pinot Blanc (AKA Weissburgunder) wines pair particularly well with these cheeses:
Baby Swiss
Brie
Camembert
Dry Jack
Feta
Fontina D’Aosta
Montasio
Ossau-Iraty

Pierre-Robert
Pont L’Eveque
Robiola Vite
Sbrinz
Taleggio

PINOT GRIS
Pair your Pinot Gris with these cheeses:
Asiago Fresco
Banon
Camellia
Caprino Tartufo
Crottin
Garroxta
Ricotta
St. Nectaire


PINOT NOIR
Try pairing your Pinot Noir with these cheeses:

Berkswell
Buche
Cheddar (light)
Comte
Edam
Epoisses (with a big Pinot)
French Chevre (Cabriflore is a good example)
Fumaison
Gouda
Gruyere
Lancashire
Port Salut
Saint Andre


RIESLING
Austrian, Alsatian, American and German Rieslings will pair with these cheeses:

Rieslings

Cheshire
Colby
Comte
Cotija
Edam
Gouda
Monterey Jack
Morbier
Panela
St.Andre
Swiss mountain cheeses
Redhawk (from the Cowgirl Creamery)
Saval
Stanser Rotelli
Tarentaise
Tomme Fermiere d’Alsace


SANGIOVESE
Sangiovese (AKA Chianti) wines will work well with these cheeses:
Asiago
Boschetto al Tartufo Bianchetto
Dry Jack
Fontina
Georgia Pecan Chevre
Mozzarella
Parmesan Reggiano
Pecorino
Piave
Provolone
Ricotta

SAUVIGNON BLANC
We particularly recommend pairing Sauvignon Blanc with goat cheese (many types of which are listed here) but we also love it with these other cheeses:

Abbaye de Belloc
Amarelo
Blue Castello
Brie
Bucheron
Cheddar (sharp)
Cheshire
Clochette
Coulommiers
Coupole
Crottin
Derby
Double Gloucester
Drunken Goat
Dry Jack

Goat Cheese

Explorateur
Goat Cheese
Graddost
Gruyere
Mahon
Majorero
Neufchatel
Pave D’Affinois
Selles sur Cher
Sonoma Jack
Teleme


ST.LAURENT
St.Laurent, which is a bit like Pinot Noir with a wild side, will pair with these cheeses:
Comte
Edam
French Chevre
Taleggio

SYRAH / SHIRAZ
A spicy Shiraz will pair well with a few cheeses:
Cheddar (sharp)
Edam
Gouda
St. Nectaire

TEMPRANILLO
A good Tempranillo wine will pair well with these cheeses:

Azeitao
Cheddar (sharp)
Fium ‘Orbu
Fleur du Maquis
Havarti
Mahon
Manchego
Serena
Tomme de Savoie
Zamarano

VIOGNIER
Pair your Viognier wines with these cheeses:
Blue cheeses (light)
Brillat-Savarin
Goat
Livarot
Pave d’Auge
Stanser Rotelli
Tourmalet

ZINFANDEL
A hearty Zinfandel (AKA Primitivo) red wine will work beautifully with these cheeses:
Asiago
Canestrato
Dry Sonoma Jack
Goat cheese
Gouda
Gruyere

Maytag Blue
Muenster
Pau
Pecorino (esp. Fiore Sardo)
Piave
Zamorano

ZWEIGELT
Zweigelt, a red wine backed with great spice notes, pairs well with these cheeses:
Cheddar (sharp)
Edam
Gouda
Salers, A.O.C.
Selun (a Swiss cows milk cheese)
St. Nectaire


SPARKLING WINE
All styles of sparkling wines, including Champagne, will pair well with these cheeses:

Baby Swiss
Beaufort
Brie
Brillat-Savarin
Camembert
Cheddar (mild)
Chevre
Cooleeney
Crescenza
Edam (for dry wines)
Explorateur
Fromage de Meaux
Gouda
Langres
Pierre Robert
Pont l’Eveque
Sbrinz

SWEET WINE / DESSERT WINE
Pair your Ice Wines, BA’s, TBA’s, Sauternes, Tokaji, and Ruster Ausbruch wines with these cheeses:
Blue cheeses:
Bleu des Basques Brebis
Bleu de Sassenage
Cashel Blue
Fourme d’Ambert
Maytag Blue
or
Crème Fraiche
Marscapone
Taleggio

PORT
Cheddar (sharp)
Gorgonzola
Roqueforte
Stilton

The Artisan Cheese Gallery

BORDEAUX (red)
Brie
Camembert
Chalosse
Gabletou
Roqueforte
Tome de Bordeaux
Tome des Recollets

CôTES Du RHôNES (red)
Bleu d’Auvergne
Camembert
Chevrotin des Aravis
Fourme d’Ambert
Reblochon


SPECIFIC WINE AND CHEESE PAIRINGS:

WHITE WINES
Tschermonegg Cuvee Styria with Monte Enebro
Monte Enebre is a goat’s milk cheese from Spain which is cave aged in ash. This cheese is also known as the “Pirate’s Cheese”.

Feiler-Artinger Muscat-Ottonel Spatlese with Pave de Jadis
Pave de Jadis is a French pasteurized goat cheese covered in vegetable ash.

Johann Donabaum Wachauer Riesling with Arina
Arina is a goat milk Gouda from Holland.

Hogl Terrassen Spitzergraben Gruner Veltliner with Couronne Lachoise
Couronne Lachoise is a French raw goat cheese.

Sabathi Possnitzberg Sauvignon Blanc with Four Corners Round Cheese
Four Corners Round Cheese is a washed rind cheese from Colorado.

RED WINES
Braunstein Mitterjoch Zweigelt with Green Hill from Sweet Grass Dairy
Green Hill is a cows milk cheese from Georgia.
OR Salers, A.O.C.
Salers is an unpasteurized cows milk cheese from Auvergne, France.

Feiler-Artinger Umriss Blaufrankisch with Sublimity Herbes de Provence
Sublimity is a raw cow cheese from Oregon, covered in herbes de Provence.

Wenzel Bandkraften Blaufrankisch with Piave
Piave is a pasteurized cows milk cheese from Bellunao, Italy.

Wenzel Kleiner Wald Pinot Noir 2004 with Saint Andre
Saint Andre is a pasteurized triple creme cows milk cheese from France.

DESSERT WINES
Gsellmann & Gsellmann Scheurebe/Pinot Blanc Beerenauslese with Winchester Dairy Boerenkaas Cumin Gouda
This Gouda is an unpasteurized Holstein cows milk cheese from San Diego County, studded with whole cumin seeds.

Heiss Cabernet Sauvignon / Blaufrankisch Ice Wine with Bleu de Sassenage
Bleu de Sassenage is a pasteurized cows milk cheese from Sassenage, France.

Weiss Gruner Veltliner/Welschriesling Ice Wine with Taleggio
Taleggio is a washed rind cows milk cheese from the Italian Lombardy region.

Pasler “C” Trockenbeerenauslese (Chardonnay) with Brique de Flanders
Brique de Flanders is a raw cows milk cheese from Normandy, colored with annatto seeds.

Wenzel Am Fusse Des Berges Ruster Ausbruch with Cashel Blue
The Cashel Blus is an Irish blue cheese from Friesian cows milk and penicillium roquforti mold.

 

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