We know the major holiday season is on its way, with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa all falling on the same week this year. Don’t panic: we have created an easy cheese and snack pairing guide to help you this season!
Acidic wines ⇒ fresh cheese
full body wine ⇒ hard, chewy, bloomy cheese
sweet wines ⇒ strong or spicy cheese.
Prosecco or Champagne ⇒ Asiago, Parmesan, Camembert
Light, Acidic, Floral:
Sauvignon Blanc ⇒ Goat cheese, Chevre, Mozzarella,
Riesling (dry) ⇒ fondue, creamy blue cheese
Pinot Grigio/Gris ⇒Ricotta, feta, burrata
Medium to Full Body:
Chardonnay ⇒ Brie, Humbolt Fog, funky cow’s milk cheeses
Viognier ⇒ Comte, Farmer’s cheese, Baked Brie
Semillon ⇒ Cheddar or Gruyere
Gewurtstraminer ⇒ cream cheese, goat cheese herb roule
Chenin Blanc⇒ Triple Cream, swiss, gruyere
Moscato/ Muscadet⇒ aged cheddar, gorgonzola
Riesling (sweet) ⇒ creamy blue cheese
Gamay ⇒ Munster, swiss, gruyere
Pinot Noir ⇒ Mahon or manchego
Cabernet sauvignon ⇒ sharp cheddar , Havarti
Merlot ⇒ gouda
Zinfandal ⇒ pepper jack, smoked cheeses
Malbec ⇒ spiced cheese, aged manchego
Syrah/Shiraz ⇒ truffle cheese, asiago, parmesan
What else do I buy?
The ultimate match made in heaven is cheese and fresh grapes. It’s a good idea to have bunches of grapes around for any cheese platter. As for other wingmen, try fruit jams, honey, and lots of different crackers. Heating up cheeses like for baked brie is guaranteed to please. You may even want to make two.
If you still have no idea or can’t track down some of the cheeses we listed, trust the quick note above! Simply pick a cheese that can handle the intensity of the wine. Mild cheeses will taste like nothing next to a strong wine.
Good luck and get cheesy!