What are the Guidelines for combining Wine and Cheese?

What wine should I serve with crackers, grapes and stilton? Whether you are hosting a cheese and wine tasting event for your business or serving a cheeseboard for a family feast this Christmas, it is always useful to know exactly how to pair cheese and wine.

Cheese and wine are extremely popular at Christmas and have been a great food and drink partnership for centuries. Pairing wines and cheeses from the same region is usually a safe and reliable way to choose your combinations. It is worth bearing in mind that the harder types of cheese (Parmesan, cheddar) can handle more tannic, thick-skinned variety wines, for example Cabernet Sauvignon and Chianti. Creamy cheeses generally pair better with high acidity wines, while salty cheeses complement sweet wines.

 

Indulge in Wine and Cheese This Christmas

This Christmas you will undoubtedly be surrounded by an excruciatingly tempting selection of wines, cheeses and other scrumptious Christmas delights. So if you’re going to indulge, Wineware are dedicated to helping you indulge wisely! If you are like me, you can’t resist the alluring smell of a luxurious cheeseboard complemented by a fine, sweet aromatic white wine.

Christmas is the perfect time (and excuse) to enjoy an array of delicious cheeses from around the world alongside a glass of wine. Cheese and wine pairing does take some time to master, but there is no better time than Christmas to experiment and see how your taste buds react. To get you started, Wineware has compiled a list of wine and cheese pairing selections below:

 

 

Wineware’s Wine and Cheese Serving Suggestions

Cheese

Wine

Suggestions

Cheddar Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Merlot, Pinot Gris If the cheese is mature, you may opt for a dry white rather than a sweet white wine.
Asiago Bardolino, Pinot Gris, Rioja, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel Asiago is a great cheese to use in pasta dishes.
Boursin Gewürztraminer Boursin is perfect with crackers and grapes.
Brie Sweet sherry, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc,   Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc Brie is delightful served with cranberries.
Camembert Cabernet, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay,   Beaujolais Nouveau, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir Melted Camembert with bread makes a great snack or starter.
Danish Blue Cabernet Add Danish Blue to a cheese sauce to give it a kick!
Double Gloucester Sancerre A delicious cheese with herb and chive crackers.
Edam Pinot Noir, Riesling, Dry Champagne Perfect for cheese sauces.
Feta Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc,   Zinfandel, Beaujolais Ideal for salads.
Fontina Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Franc,   Chianti, Sangiovese Fontina cheese can be used like parmesan.
Goat cheese

Vouvray, Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc,   Chardonnay, Gruner Veltliner, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris Goat cheese is a healthier alternative to cream cheese, great toasted!
Gorgonzola Bordeaux, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Recipe idea: bruschetta with Gorgonzola cheese and honey.
Gouda Red or White Gouda cheese is perfect served with fruit.
Graddost Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc A great snack served with rustic bread.
Gruyere Chardonnay, Champagne, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel Gruyere is great for eating with crackers.
Manchego Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Merlot, Manchego can be served with olives.
Mascarpone Sweet, dessert wines Mascarpone is great in cheesecakes.
Mozzarella Sangiovese, Chianti Any light red or white wines are generally well paired with Mozzarella.
Red Leicester Pinot Noir, Chardonnay An oaky chardonnay is perfect with Red Leicester!
Roquefort Cabernet Sauvignon, Port Roquefort can be used in salads, pasta dishes and quiches.
Stilton Port Christmas favourite for (strong) cheese lovers!
Wensleydale Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer Traditionally Wensleydale is served with fruit cake and an apple.
Zamorano Rioja, Sangria Zamorano can be enjoyed on its own or with crackers and olives.

 

Serving tips for the ultimate Wine and Cheese feast

You can serve your cheese with a selection of crackers, including: ‘classic’ cream crackers, black pepper crackers, water crackers and most supermarkets sell boxes offering a variety of biscuits for cheese. Apple slices, celery sticks, dates, grapes and nuts often compliment a cheese board well and can be a great alternative/addition to crackers. Cheese knives are ideal for cutting your soft and hard cheeses with precision.

 

Useful Points to Remember

With so many types of cheese available from local supermarkets or Christmas markets or stalls, you are spoilt for choice. Experimentation is the key in finding the types of wine and cheese pairings that best suit your taste.
Your wine and cheese selection can be themed, for example regional such as a French wine paired with French cheese, Brie or Camembert. Or if you are hosting a wine and cheese evening, you could ask each of your guests to bring their own choice of cheese. This would give you a random selection of cheeses and a great way to try, and be introduced, to new cheeses or perhaps ones you have steered clear of, for whatever reason.
The most important thing to remember is it is all down to personal taste. The above table offers a good starting point for you to begin your cheese and wine exploration.

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We’ve spent the past few weeks eating cheese and drinking wine to produce this blog post, so we really can’t eat and drink anymore. Now it is your turn. Let us know what unique and tasty combinations you discover this Christmas!

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