Wine and Cheese Pairing Chart

What could be better than some good, quality cheese? The answer to that question can is in this wine and cheese pairing chart. Taking a bite of that cheese and then sipping the perfect wine really brings the experience to a whole new level.  If you’ve never given this a chance before, you are seriously missing out. If you already know how much better the experience can be, but you’re unsure of what will complement what, this chart is for you.

Don’t skip this chart because choosing the right wine to pair with your selected cheese can be a little tricky. Due to the many differences in cheese (with different flavors and textures) it’s hard to know where to start. It’s even harder to understand what the right choices are. No worries though because you’re already here, and we’re here to give you that information in an easy to follow format.

We’ve sorted the pairing options into the wines that will go well with certain cheeses. Choose the wine you love most, or would like to try. Under each type of wine, the perfect cheeses to pair it with are listed.

a plate of cheese and snacks with a glass of red wine

Dry White Wines: Light to Medium Bodied

If you have a love for dry white wines that are light-bodied (or even medium), then these cheese are the best choices. Of course, keep in mind that this isn’t a list that covers every single cheese out there. These recommended options are for cheeses are more popular, and often easier to find.

If you’re not too sure which dry wine to go with, try these

  • Riesling
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
  • Auxerrois blanc

Dry, light-medium bodied wines are best with cream based cheeses. Go for softer, fresh cheeses that have not been aged and do not have a rind.

Recommended cheeses:

  • Mozzerella
  • Fontina
  • Chevre
  • Feta
  • Emmental
  • Ricotta

For more soft cheeses you can try, see this list.

Dry White Wines: Full-Bodied

If you’d instead pop open a bottle of full-bodied dry white wine instead, then pair it with a semi-soft cheese.

Possible wines to choose from include:

  • Bordeaux Blanc. Can be found in both light-bodied and full-bodied options.
  • Oaked Chardonnay
  • Savenniere’s Chenin Blanc
  • Viognier
  • Riesling can be found with the different body from light to full-bodied.

Pair dry, full-bodied wines with these cheeses:

  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Livarot

Dry Red Wines: Light to Medium-Bodied

Fruity red wines that are dry and light to medium-bodied will complement fresh, soft cheeses.

Possible wines to choose are:

  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet

Cheese to pair with the above wine is:

  • Brie
  • Emmental
  • Gouda
  • Gruyere
  • Mozzarella

Dry Red Wines: Full-Bodied

Full-bodied, dry red wines will go better with hard and older, aged cheese.

Wines to try:

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot
  • Shiraz

Hard cheeses:

  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Romano
  • Asiago
  • Manchego
  • Comte
  • Beaufort
  • Aged Gouda

More hard cheeses to try out can be found here.

a wine and cheese, as well as other foods pairing chart for easy reading

Taking the time to select a wine that will complement your cheese (or any gourmet food) can make the experience a lot more enjoyable. Do keep in mind the choices listed here are just that, options. Ultimately, whether the wine will complement cheese, comes down to your personal taste. This list is an excellent place to start, but if you find a pairing that is much more enjoyable for you, be sure to note it down somewhere. Onc you know what you like, choose what you enjoy.