29 of the Best Wine and Cheese Pairings

Wine pairings with cheese can be particularly challenging.  The whole process of  selecting cheeses and wines that compliment each other perfectly without the flavors competing or overwhelming one another can be daunting.  I thought it would be helpful to put together a list, culminated from wine tastings and wine parties I have attended over the years.


I put together an alphabetical listing of 29 of the most popular cheeses that can be found easily in the US and suggestions for wines that pair well with them. Keep in mind this list is not comprehensive. There are other wines that will pair well with these cheeses. However, these are the best matches in my humble opinion. Feel free to keep this as your handy wine and cheese pairing guide.


Amish Butter Cheese - Chardonnay

Asiago - Beaujolais, Chardonnay,Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, Merlot. Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah (Shiraz)

Baby Swiss- Asti Spumanti, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling/Champagne, Vidal Blanc

Bacon Cheese- Baco Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Brick Cheese- Baco Noir, Gamay Noir(Beaujolais), Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Zinfandel

Canadian Cheddar (Sharp) - Cabernet Franc, Cabernet/Merlot(Bordeaux), Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Rioja, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah(Shiraz), Tempranillo, Zinfandel

New York Cheddar (Medium)- Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Gris,Pinot Noir

Colby- Chardonnay, Dry Champagne/Sparkling Wine, Gamay Noir(Beaujolais), Muscat, Riesling, Rose/Blush, Sauvignon Blanc

Danish Blue Cheese- Cabernet Franc, Cabernet/Merlot (Bordeaux), Cabernet Sauvignon, Desert Wines-(Icewine, Late Harvest Muscat, Riesling, Vidal Blanc, Viogniers), Maderia, Port-Tawney, Sherry

Farmer's Cheese-Chardonnay, Gamay Noir(Beaujolais), Muscat, Pinot Noir, Reisling, Rose/Blush

Goat Cheese - Beaujolais, Chablis, Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempanillo

Gouda- Beaujolais, Champagne/Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc

Gruyere- Beaujolais, Chardonnay,Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Syrah (Shiraz), Sauvignon Blanc

Havarti- Beaujolais,Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel

Havarti with Caraway- Beaujolais, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel

Havarti with Dill-Cabernet Franc, Cabernet/Merlot (Bordeaux), Rioja, Tannat, Tempranillo

Horseradish Cheese- Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Noir

Marble Cheese- Baco Noir, Cabernet/Merlot(Bordeaux), Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Rose/Blush

Mozzarella- Beaujolais, Chianti

Muenster- Baco Noir, Gamay Noir(Beaujolais), Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Zinfandel

Parmesan- Baco Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet/Merlot(Bordeaux),Grenache,Sherry, Syrah (Shiraz), Zinfandel

Provalone- Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Chianti, Syrah (Shiraz)

Pepper Jack-Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc

Raclette- Fendant, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Savoie

Romano (Pecorino)- Cabernet, Chianti, Merlot, Zinfandel

Sharp Swiss- Cabernet Franc, Dolcetto, Gerwurztraminer, Grenache, Merlot, Muscat, Riesling, Vidal Blanc

Swiss Cheese- Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc

Smoked Cheddar- Cabernet Franc,Cabernet/Merlot(Bordeaux), Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah(Shiraz), Tempranillo, Zinfandel

Smoked Gouda- Chateauneuf-du-papa, Chianti, Garnacha, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah(Shiraz), Tempranillo


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