Cheese and wine? A match made in heaven!

This duo is notorious for making mouths water all around the world. For hundreds of years, people have been pairing wine with cheese for an enjoyable food and drink pairing. As you might already be aware, certain wines pair best with certain foods. The best way to learn how to pair the two, is by pairing wine with cheese. Different kinds of cheese will vary in: moisture, fat content, texture and flavour, while wine can vary in sweetness, acidity, and body. By combining the two, you can bring out flavours you never thought possible! Read more to find out which wine pairings work best.

Bold Red Wine

Match the intensity of your red wine with your favourite bold cheese. If you’re enjoying a Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel, you may want to match them with a firm and salty cheese. Try serving the cheese in small, bite-sized pieces, or even grilled over a piece of fresh bread.

Wine and Cheese Pairing Recommendations:

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bandage-Wrapped Cheddar
  2. Shiraz and Smoked Gouda
  3. Merlot and Monterey Jack

Some other cheeses you may want to pair with a bold red wine can include: Aged Gouda, Goat Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar, Grana Padano, or Pecorino.

Light Red Wine

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a nutty, medium-firm cheese like Gruyere with a light red wine. The delicate flavour of a washed rind cheese can perfectly compliment a light red wine like Pinot Noir.

Wine and Cheese Pairing Recommendations:

  1. Pinot Noir and Gruyere
  2. Gamay and Cream Cheese
  3. Schiava and Provolone

Is your mouth watering yet? You can even add a variety of fresh bread, nuts, crackers, fruit, olives and pickles into the mix! Your charcuterie board will be a force to be reckoned with. Some other kinds of cheeses you might want to include are: Raclette, Brie, Camembert, Caciocavallo, and Fontina.

White Wine

You have a wide variety of cheese to choose from when pairing with white wines. This is because white wine has very little tannin, making it easier to pair with. So, grab your favourite bottle of white, and let’s get cheesy!

Wine and Cheese Pairing Recommendations:

  1. Sauvignon Blanc and Goat Cheese
  2. Prosecco and Asiago
  3. Riesling and Fondue
  4. Chardonnay and Gruyere

You can also pair your Prosecco with Parmesan, Riesling with Ricotta or Chardonnay with Triple Cream Cheese. The one cheese you may want to steer clear of pairing with white wine, is blue cheese. Save the blue cheese for the Icewine!

A great opportunity to find out which white wines pair best with cheese is during a wine tour. Once you’ve found a white that’s simply delicious, ask your wine tour expert for recommendations. Our Half Day Wine & Cheese Tour includes a wine and cheese pairing seminar to take you through the process!

Dessert Wine

It’s everyone’s favourite part of the meal – dessert!

Yes, cheese can make its grand entrance during dessert time. Who would have guessed that the perfect cheese to pair with a dessert wine is a stinky cheese? The next time you’re enjoying a Vintage Port, pair it with Stilton or any other of your favourite blue or stinky cheeses. You’ll be surprised at how well the sweetness of a dessert wine compliments a stinky cheese. The contrast is the best part!

Explore your favourite wines during a tour throughout Niagara wineries! A Niagara Vintage Wine Tour can be the perfect opportunity to discover which food, or cheese, pairs best with certain wines. Contact Niagara Vintage Wine Tours today or explore the different Niagara region wine tours available.