Choosing Cheese & Wine

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

Most Dry White Wines
Muscadet, 
Loire Sauvignon (Sancerre), 
Chenin Blanc Dry (Vouvray), 
New World Sauvignon Blanc, 
Côtes de Duras Blanc 
Light Reds
Red Loire (Chinon/Bourgeuil),
Beaujolais,
Côtes de Duras Rouge
Other
Dry Cider
Fuller Whites
Côtes de Duras Blanc,
White Burgundy (Pouilly Fumé),
Alsace Gewurztraminer,
Viognier/Condrieu
Sweet Whites
Chenin Blanc Demi Sec (Vouvray),
Sauternes
Fruity Reds
Bordeaux, Côtes du Rhône,
Châteauneuf du Pape,
Hermitage
Other
Real Ales
Fuller Whites
Chardonnay,
Chenin Blanc Demi Sec (Vouvray),
Maçon,
White Burgundy
Medium Reds
Red Burgundy,
Merlot Pomerol,
Cabernet Sauvignon,
Medoc,
Gamay
Other
Medium cider
Fuller Whites
Côtes de Duras Blanc,
White Burgundy,
Gewurztraminer,
Viognier/Condrieu,
steely Chardonnay (Chablis),
Puligny-Montrachet,
Meursault
Characterful Reds
Douro,
Gamay,
Rioja
Fortified
White Port,
Old Tawny Port,
Vintage Port
Sweet Whites
Chenin Blanc Demi Sec (Vouvray),
Sauternes,
Monbazillac
Fortified
Sherry (Amontillado),
Old Tawny Port,
Vintage Port
Other
Perry
Dry Whites
Chablis,
Loire Sauvignon (Sancerre),
Gavi
 
Medium Reds
Pinot Noir,
Fleurie 
 
Other
Somerset Brandy,  
Champagne
Sheep
Wigmore,
Manchego,
Pecorino,
Berkswell
Fuller Whites
Côtes de Duras Blanc,
White Burgundy,
Alsace Gewurztraminer,
Viognier/Condrieu
Medium Reds
Red Burgundy,
Merlot Pomerol,
Cabernet Sauvignon Medoc,
Rioja
Other
Light Ales
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