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February 23, 2024 | Great Estates Okanagan

How to Pair Wine and Cheese

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Wine and cheese: What's not to love? Not only is a cheeseboard the perfect reason to sip some of your favourite wines and try a lineup of delicious cheeses, it's also an ideal item to serve at a whole range of occasions, from book club and movie nights to holiday and birthday parties. 

If you're wondering what cheese to pair with your favourite wine – or vice versa – take the following as a primer to get started:

  1. Sauvignon Blanc With Chèvre

    The wonderful citrus and mineral notes in Sauvignon Blanc bring out the herbal and nuttiness in goat cheese.

  2. Pinot Grigio With Feta

    Crisp and fresh, Pinot Grigio pairs with light dishes and soft cheeses. It's ideal for balancing feta’s saltiness.

  3. Chardonnay With Camembert

    Chardonnay cuts through the richness of this creamy cheese in the best of ways, plus the pairing allows the fruit flavours in this varietal to shine.

  4. Cabernet Sauvignon With Aged Cheddar

    Cabernet Sauvignon’s rich flavour and high tannins make it a confident and thoroughly satisfying choice with cheddar.

  5. Pinot Noir With Gruyère

    Pinot Noir is renowned for its berry flavours making it a fantastic match for classic Gruyère, the nutty, medium-firm cheese.

  6. Merlot With Gouda

    A versatile red wine and a flexible cheese, both Merlot and Gouda share a similar acidity. It’s a must-try combination.

  7. Sparkling With Brie

    From the high acidity to the dazzling bubbles, sparkling wine plays the perfect contrast – and delicious foil – to soft, creamy Brie.

  8. Rosé With Havarti

    A delightfully crisp and lively, red-fruit rosé complements Havarti’s mellow flavour beautifully.

  9. Reds, Whites, Sparkling and Sweet With Blue

    Bold wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, sparkling and Icewine are great matches for pungent blue cheeses such as Roquefort and Stilton.

  10. Sparkling With Parmigiano Reggiano

    For those who love the “king of cheeses”, with its intense and nutty flavours, it doesn’t get any better than bubbly. Sparkling wine’s effervescence cuts through all that salty richness in the most delightful way.

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