Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide
Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide

Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide

Wine and Cheese: A Quick Guide to Perfect Pairings

Handmade and bordering on artisanal, wine and cheese are two of the greatest culinary pleasures ever developed in the centuries of human civilisation. These two treats go together like bread and butter, complimenting each other and elevating dining experiences to whole new levels.

Cheesemaking Workshop

Cheesemaking Workshop

Wine and cheese are essential to the gourmet experience, and while France and Italy will always be the prime destinations to experience these decadent treats, Melbourne is quickly becoming a great place of delicious wines and cheeses as well. Readers of Gourmet Getaways are sure to remember the wonderful cheese making class at Emerald Beach from a couple of years ago, but there are also various wineries and cellars that now offer winemaking and wine appreciation courses in Melbourne.

Cheesemaking Workshop-12

Cheesemaking Workshop

With growing interest in the art of perfect wine and cheese pairings, cheese and wine parties are becoming more common. If you’d like to try your hand at hosting your own and don’t know where to start, here are some of the most basic pairings that are sure to impress guests at your party:

1. Opposites Attract: Anything fresh and soft will go well with dry and crisp wines.
Mozzarella, Ricotta, Brie, Camembert and Feta will pair perfectly with wines that carry apple, berry, and citrus flavours. Because these cheeses have more delicate and subtler flavours, intense red wines may overpower them. Consider serving these cheeses with a bottle of Asti Spumante, a wine described on Marks & Spencer as “one of the most refreshing and lively sparkling wines in the world” with the scent and flavours of crunchy green grapes and citrus zest.

2. Meeting Halfway: Medium-aged and semi-hard cheese will want flavours that can compete.
The rule of wine pairing is simple: match textures and flavours and make sure that nothing overpowers anything else. That being said, medium-aged cheeses with firmer textures and bolder flavours need wines that can step up to plate. Medium-bodied and fruity reds and whites are sure to do the trick. Classics like Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Champagne will do perfectly, but if you’re feeling more adventurous, get a Beaujolais, a wine described by Hello Vino as containing flavours of cranberry, strawberry, smoke & pepper. These are sure to compliment the stronger flavours of semi-hard cheeses quite well.

The Cheesemaking Workshop

The Cheesemaking Workshop

3. Balancing Act: Hard-aged cheeses will appreciate a little bit of sweet.
Fans of aged Cheddar, Gouda, Gruyere and Parmigiano Reggiano should secure aged white Burgundy and Bordeaux wines, as harder cheeses go well with fuller wines and those with higher tannin levels. Of course, because their flavours are so nutty and their textures are so coarse, smooth sherry and sweet wines will also be a great choice.

Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide

Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide

Gourmet Sleuth has an excellent, detailed guide for not just proper wine pairings for every kind of cheese imaginable, but also for proper serving methods. Just remember that eating cheese with wine, above all, must be enjoyable. After all, it’s one of the finer things life has to offer, so make the most out of the experience and have a great time pairing your favourite wines with different cheeses.


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  1. Yum, yuum, yum! You’ve written about my two favourite gastronomic delights!

  2. Alesah Villalon :

    Nice quick lesson for the day! I’ve always wanted to appreciate cheeses and wines separately, and together. I have a long way on this. Hope to see more of these pairings next time 🙂

  3. I’d love to host a wine and cheese tasting! Doesn’t that sound fun? Thanks for the guidance…

  4. It’s so true that wine and cheese go hand in hand. When a cheese platter is put in front of me, I can’t imagine enjoying it with anything other than wine xx

  5. I LOVE this guide, Julie. I went to a wine/beer and cheese pairing event a few months ago. While I was suffering from the world’s worst sinus infection, I was still able to taste just enough to be amazed at how much some of the wines really did enhance the flavor of the cheese. There was one cheese that I did not like (at all!) on it’s own, but when I ate it while sipping the wine, I loved it! The flavor completely changed for the better.

    • Thanks so much for the kind words Lori. I love both wine and cheese and getting the matches correct definitely heightens this experience 🙂

  6. Fantastic tips Julie. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. So good! Cheese and wine is the perfect weeding! I love the old cheeses with a Sauternes a vin liquoreux ! Very nice photos Julie 😉

  8. I love pairing the two and this is a good Julie! What is your favourite cheese?

  9. Thank you, Julie! As one who knows so little about wine, at my ripe age a bit of education about the revered drink of the ages is overdue =) Very interesting to learn, too, that Melbourne is such a center of wine.

  10. We used to have wine and cheese events at my secondary school in England! For Sixth Form of course 🙂 Any parent event wine and cheese it was! I don’t drink alcohol but I eat cheese and love good cheeses. I can imagine how well wine and cheese go together.

  11. Going to a wine and cheese party must be such a wonderful culinary experience. That’s something I’ve got to do someday!
    Thanks for this informative post, Julie!

  12. I don’t think I’ve always got the combinations right. But now I will. Thanks for such an informative post. Great photos too!

  13. What a great guide! So many different cheeses and wines to learn about, and it’s always good to have a good, basic understanding of which pair well, and why. Good stuff — thanks.

  14. Julie, I love your quick reference guide to wine and cheese pairing. I have so much to learn in this area but I love experimenting. In your cheese making photo workshop photo is that a baked brie in pastry? Looks divine. Take Care, BAM

  15. im not much of a wine person but i do love my cheese, maybe i should start learning how to pair too!

  16. Never too old to learn – lovely tips, thank you.
    Have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  17. I really enjoyed learning this tonight. I always wonder how to pair cheese and wine as I am not much of a drinker and this was a very informative post! I pick cheese according to MY preference but I should pay more attention on “pairing” part.

  18. Love a good cheese, and it’s always amazing how wine can accent its flavour so well.

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