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Marcella Wright - Cheese Specialist
We all tend to be intimidated by the thought of pairing wine and cheese. It’s not as daunting a task as one might think. The most important tip is to choose cheeses and wines that you like; usually your own taste buds will guide you. That being said, here are two easy guidelines to assist you:
Your Guide to Wine & Cheese Pairings
  1. Your cheeses and wines should complement each other; mild cheeses pair well with lighter wines and more pungent cheeses pair well with more robust wines. The secret here is to avoid having either overpowered by the other. For example, if you pair a semi-soft cheese with a Cabernet Sauvignon, the cheese taste will be lost to the robust flavor of the Cab.
  2. Choosing cheeses and wines from the same region is also an excellent way to find sublime pairings. For example pairing Seattle-based Beecher’s Flagship with a Washington Syrah would be a nice pairing or pairing a French Brie with a French Champagne would also make an enjoyable taste sensation.
I have prepared this chart to assist you in successfully pairing cheeses and wines for your next event or quiet evening at home relaxing:
CheeseWhite WineRed WineChampagne/
Sparkling Wine
Dessert Wine
AsiagoSoaveMerlotChampagnePort, Madeira
Baby SwissPinot Blanc Asti Spumante 
Blue Brie  Cotes-du-Rhone Port
Blue Cheddar Merlot  Tawny Port, Sherry
Blue CheeseSancerreZinfandel, Bordeaux Madeira, Tawny Port
Blue Triple CreamChardonnay  Tawny Port
Brie Pinot GrisGamay BeaujolaisChampagneSweet Sherry
CamembertSauvignon BlancCabernet Sauvignon  
Cheddar (Mild)Gruner VeltlinerGamay Beaujolais, Syrah  
Cheddar (Medium)ChardonnayMerlotChampagnePort
Cheddar (Sharp)Pouilly FuisseSyrah, Cabernet Sauvignon Tawny Port
Chevre (Aged Goat Cheese) Merlot  
Chevre (Fresh Goat Cheese)Vouvray, Chenin Blanc, Sancerre  Pinot Noir
Chevre (Ripening Goat Cheese)Riesling, Chardonnay   
ColbyRieslingPinot NoirChampagne 
Comte  Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon  
CotijaChardonnay, Riesling   
Cream CheeseRiesling, White ZinfandelCabernet Sauvignon  
Crème Fraiche   Muscat, Port
FetaSancerre, Sauvignon BlancGamay Beaujolais Champagne 
GorgonzolaGewurztraminerMerlotMoscato d’AstiTawny Port
Gouda (Aged) Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir  
Gouda (Smoked) Merlot, Pinot Noir  
Gouda (Young) RieslingGamay Beaujolais  
GruyereSancerreMerlotChampagneTokaji, Port
HavartiChenin BlancTempranillo, Bordeaux  
Limburger Blaufrankisch  
Manchego Rioja, Tempranillo, Syrah  
MorbierPinot GrisDry Rose  
MozzarellaPinot GrisDry Rose, Chianti  
MuensterGewurztraminer, Pinot GrisZinfandel  
Myzithra Merlot, Meritage  
ParmesanChardonnay, Riesling, SancerreMerlot, Pinot Noir, SyrahLambruscoPort, Madeira, Sauternes
Pecorino Romano GewurztraminerMerlot, Zinfandel  
ProvoloneChardonnaySangiovese, Barolo, Syrah  
RacletteRieslingGamay Beaujolais  
Romano Merlot, Bordeaux  
RoquefortSancerreBordeaux Tawny Port, Sherry
Swiss (Mild)RieslingGamay Beaujolais  
Swiss (Robust)Pinot GrisChateauneuf-du-Pape, Zinfandel Port, Madeira
Triple CreamVouvrayBordeauxChampagne, Blanc de Blanc 
For more pairings and other information regarding cheese, please visit my blog at cheesemonger.
©Copyright 2009 Marcella Wright and Echoes from the CheeseMines — Used by Permission
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