An illustrated guide to pairing wine and cheese

Cheese and wine - absolutely divine!

One marriage no one can object to is the mouth-watering combination of wine and cheese. Each is delicious on its own, but when you pair the two, magic can happen. Be it tannic, light, sweet, or dry, you can bet there’s a wine out there for every cheese (even fondue!).

The next time you fix yourself up a cheese plate, here are the wines you should be bringing along for the ride.

PORT AND BLEU CHEESE

Port’s sweetness and thick body are the perfect foil for pungent, crumbly bleu cheese.

PROSECCO AND PARMESAN

The bubbles in Prosecco cut through the saltiness of this hard cheese. Plus, they’re both Italian!

SAUTERNES AND FONDUE

The richness of fondue is a match made in heaven for decadent dessert wine Sauternes.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON AND AGED GOUDA

In order to stand up to the nutty flavors in aged gouda, you need a tannic, full bodied wine. Cabernet Sauvignon gets the job done.

CHARDONNAY AND GRUYERE

Whether you choose to snack on gruyere whole or melty, the fruit and nut flavors in Chardonnay are an ideal mate.

RIESLING AND RICOTTA

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

MALBEC AND AGED CHEDDAR

Chocolatey Malbec helps balance out the aggressive sharpness in aged cheddar. Who’s up for a bowl of adult macaroni and cheese?

GEWÜRZTRAMINER AND MORBIER

Gewürztraminer is the perfect white wine to cut through the stink of morbier

PINOT NOIR AND BRIE

Brie needs a wine that will go well with its distinct flavors while remaining light enough not to overwhelm them. Here are some awesome brie cheese recipes to pair with a good glass of Pinot Noir, brie’s best friend.

VIOGNIER AND JARLSBERG

The stone fruits found (like peaches) in Viognier mouthwateringly cut through the savory flavors of Jarlsberg.

MERLOT and MONTEREY JACK

This classic American cheese craves a wine that’s on the lighter, fruitier side – just like Merlot.

PINOT GRIGIO AND MOZZARELLA

The acidity of Pinot Grigio tangos well with this soft, slightly sweet classic pizza cheese.

SAUVIGNON BLANC AND GOAT’S CHEESE

Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect distinct white wine to pair with this tangy cheese.

(Source: VINEPAIR)

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