8 of the best wine and cheese pairings.
Wine and cheese are a perfect food and drink combination. Read below to find out why.
Sebastiano Elia | 28th January 2019
We’ve put together a list of 8 heavenly wine and cheese pairings that you need to try for yourself. If you’ve signed up for one of our wine subscriptions, you’ll know we include complementary cheese suggestions for each bottle of wine. If you’re not yet subscribed, what are you waiting for? Subscribe today and start your wine adventure!
Chianti & Grana Padano
Chianti and Grana Padano are both produced in Northern Italy, so are both speaking the same language when it comes to food and drinks pairings. The nutty and savoury nature of the Grana Padano ensures the red fruit flavours of the Chianti are flaunted to their fullest.
Tip: The older the cheese the more body the wine should have. For a medium aged Grana Padano, choose a Chianti dei Colli Senesi. With a maturer Grana Padano, choose a Chianti Classico Riserva as it stands up to the stronger flavours of the cheese.
Sauvignon Blanc & Rouleau de Chèvre
Garnacha & Manchego
Spanish wines made from Garnacha grapes are typically full of ripe, red fruit notes, so pair well with a cheese that’s sweet yet savoury, such as Manchego.
Tip: If you’re trying to pair a Garnacha wine with a mature Manchego, make sure the wine is powerful and concentrated with fruit to stand up to the pungent, salty, and savoury nature of the cheese.
Monastrell & Ossau-Iraty
Merlot & Taleggio
Taleggio, famous for its strong aromas, is a fantastic pairing for Merlot-based wines. Taleggio has a mild, fruity taste and complements the softer tannins of the Merlot.
Tip: If you’re looking for a fuller bodied Merlot, choose a wine from a hotter growing region such as Southern California, or South-West Australia.
Picpoul de Pinet & Feta
Syrah & Gouda
A bottle of spicy and peppery Syrah is the perfect match for a buttery, nutty Gouda. The sweet, caramelised flavours of the cheese balance the ripe berry notes of the wine.
Tip: If you’re matching a maturer Gouda cheese with wine, try a fuller-bodied Syrah such as one from Crozes-Hermitage.