Wine Pairings with Cheese: The 29 Most Popular Cheeses


Wine Pairings with CheeseWine Pairings with Cheese can be particularly challenging.  One must select cheeses and wines that compliment each other perfectly without the flavors competing or overwhelming one another.  So here is an alphabetical listing of 29 of the most popular cheeses in the United States and suggestions for wines that pair well with them.  Keep in mind this list is not comprehensive.  There are other wines that pair well with these cheeses.  But these are the best matches in my humble opinion.  This list should easily print to two pages so it can be used as a handy guide.  Hopefully it will help you impress you friends at your next gathering.  Click on any cheese to find more information and other pairing options.

Amish Butter Cheese – Chardonnay

Asiago Cheese – Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, Merlot. Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah (Shiraz)

Baby Swiss– Asti Spumanti, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling/Champagne, Vidal Blanc

Bacon Cheese–  Baco Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Brick Cheese  Baco Noir, Gamay Noir(Beaujolais), Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Zinfandel

Canadian Cheddar (Sharp) –  Cabernet Franc, Cabernet/Merlot(Bordeaux), Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Rioja, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah(Shiraz), Tempranillo,  Zinfandel

New York Cheddar (Medium)–  Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Gris,Pinot Noir

Colby CheeseChardonnay, Dry Champagne/Sparkling Wine, Gamay Noir(Beaujolais), Muscat, Riesling, Rose/Blush, Sauvignon Blanc

Danish Blue Cheese– Cabernet Franc, Cabernet/Merlot (Bordeaux), Cabernet Sauvignon, Desert Wines-(Icewine, Late Harvest Muscat, Riesling, Vidal Blanc, Viogniers), Maderia, Port-Tawney, Sherry

Farmer’s Cheese Chardonnay, Gamay Noir(Beaujolais), Muscat, Pinot Noir, Reisling, Rose/Blush

Goat Cheese – Beaujolais, Chablis, Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempanillo

Gouda– Beaujolais, Champagne/Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc

Gruyere– Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Syrah (Shiraz), Sauvignon Blanc

Havarti Cheese – Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel

Havarti with Caraway – Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel

Havarti with Dill Cabernet Franc, Cabernet/Merlot (Bordeaux), Rioja, Tannat, Tempranillo

Horseradish Cheese–  Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Noir

Marble Cheese–  Baco Noir, Cabernet/Merlot(Bordeaux), Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Rose/Blush

Mozzarella– Beaujolais, Chianti

Muenster– Baco Noir, Gamay Noir(Beaujolais), Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Zinfandel

Parmesan–  Baco Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet/Merlot(Bordeaux),Grenache,Sherry, Syrah (Shiraz), Zinfandel

Provolone – Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Chianti, Syrah (Shiraz)

Pepper Jack Cheese Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc

Raclette –  Fendant, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Savoie

Romano (Pecorino) – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, Merlot, Zinfandel

Sharp Swiss–   Cabernet Franc, Dolcetto, Gerwurztraminer, Grenache, Merlot, Muscat, Riesling, Vidal Blanc

Swiss Cheese – Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Gris. Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc

Smoked Cheddar– Cabernet Franc,Cabernet/Merlot(Bordeaux), Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah(Shiraz), Tempranillo, Zinfandel

Smoked Gouda – Chateauneuf-du-papa, Chianti, Garnacha, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah(Shiraz), Tempranillo

Most of the suggested wines should be available at your local wine and spirit store.  Please feel free to give feedback on this list or additional wine pairing suggestions.

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