I can’t tell you how many times we are asked which cheese and wine should be paired together. Whether you are having a picnic, planning a romantic dinner, or a girl’s night, cheese and wine are almost sure to be on the menu. Before you put too much pressure on yourself in the cheese aisle, you should know this: There is no right or wrong answer. It all depends on your palate and personal preferences; however, there are some general guidelines you can follow for cheese and wine pairings.
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec, Zinfandel
Sauturnes, Late-Harvest Wines, Port
Remember that there can be large variances between cheeses from different regions and manufacturers. Just as wine varietals can change dramatically from one producer or country to the next, cheese types vary also. So keep a diary of cheese and wine pairings you like, noting the producers and districts and countries of origin the cheeses and wines. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
When in doubt, ask your local cheesemonger and wine specialist for suggestions.