Choosing Cheese & Wine
Wine makes a wonderful accompaniment to cheese, but which to choose? Here’s the Paxton & Whitfield light guide to pairing the perfect cheese and wine.
Which cheese goes with which wine?
Firstly, the good news. There are so many cheeses to choose, and so many wines, that you don’t need to feel restricted. If you find a wine you love, there will be a selection of cheeses to suit. If you find a cheese you love, there will be a selection of wines to try. If, like us, you generally enjoy all cheeses, and generally enjoy all wines, even better – welcome to a wonderful world of exploration!
Red, white or sparkling?
Most people automatically pair a red wine with cheese. However, red, white and sparkling wines all make good accompaniments. All you need to bear in mind is that a young, delicately flavoured cheese will work best with a similarly young and delicately flavoured wine. Conversely, an older, more mature cheese is best enjoyed with a fuller-bodied, older wine.
As a guide, you should also try to:
• Pair salty cheese with sweet wine.
• Contrast rich, creamy cheeses with sparkling wine or Champagne.
• Match cheeses and wines which come from the same region, like Spanish Manchego and sherry.
Use the table below to choose wines which work with your favourite cheese types. But our main advice is to try lots of different cheese and wine parings to find out which you personally enjoy the most. Feel free to share your recommendations with other cheese lovers over on our Facebook page!
Style of Cheese
Best served with
- Fuller Whites
- Chenin Blanc Demi Sec (Vouvray),
- White Burgundy
- Medium Reds
- Red Burgundy,
- Merlot Pomerol,
- Cabernet Sauvignon,
- Medium cider
- Dry Whites
- Loire Sauvignon (Sancerre),
- Medium Reds
- Pinot Noir,
- Somerset Brandy,