Wine Pairings with Cheese

Interested in the best way to pair wine and cheese? The knowledgeable experts at Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits can give you some suggestions for terrific pairings.

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Bleu Cheese: Blue cheeses are pungent and salty. Opposites attract, so the sweetness of a Riesling or Port is the perfect complement.

Brie: Brie is a soft, creamy cheese that comes in many varieties, each with its own slight flavor variations.  Its best friend is Pinot Noir, but it pairs well with a crisp, acidic wine, like Pinot Blanc, and with Champagne.

Camembert: Rich, creamy cheeses like Camembert are perfectly balanced by the blueberry flavor and low tannins of Cabernet Franc, but a fruity red like a Pinot Noir or a Rosé would also be a good match.

Cheddar: Cheddar can handle the tannic strength of red wines. Cabernet Sauvignon can draw out the cheese’s bold flavors. Zinfandel is another great pairing. And a chocolatey Malbec helps balance out the sharpness.

Feta: You will need a bright red wine that will match the saltiness of feta. Beaujolais is a great solution.

Goat Cheese: This cheese is known for its subtleness and needs to be paired with a wine that won’t overwhelm it. Sauvignon Blanc is the ideal pairing.

Gouda (Aged): To stand up to gouda’s nutty flavors, you need a tannic, full bodied wine. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are great matches.

Gruyère: This cheese has a delightfully nutty, spicy, full flavor. It works well with a medium-bodied Pinot Noir, a crisp, citrusy Pinot Grigio, or the fruit and nut flavors in Chardonnay.

Jarlsberg: Jarlsberg has a notably nutty flavor. Pair it with the crispy citrus tones of a fruity Riesling or a fruity Viognier.

Manchego: Manchego is Spain’s most famous cheese and has a zesty sweet flavor. The quintessential Spanish wines, Rioja or Tempranillo, are great companions.

Monterey Jack: This classic American cheese demands a wine on the lighter, fruitier side, such as Merlot.

Mozzarella: This fresh, milky cheese is a great companion for light, dry, sparkling Champagne, but Pinot Grigio is another good match.

Parmesan: The bubbles in Prosecco cut through the saltiness of hard Parmesan, but Chianti is a nice combination.

Ricotta: Sweet, creamy ricotta loves tangy Riesling. Try it with both the sweet and dry variations of this German classic wine.

Swiss: Swiss cheeses are a great match for light or fruity red wines, such as Beaujolais, Grenache, red Burgundy, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

As you explore wine and cheese pairings, stop in at a Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits store on Grand Cayman where our team of experts will help you make a selection for every meal.