Classic Cheese Pairings

Why they work and how to make the most of them this summer


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Classic Cheese Pairings Cheese and wine are perfect summer fare. Both are easy to serve and both are simple, two qualities that are ideal for making summer snacking special. A lot of people, myself included (what do you think I’m about to do?), will try to tell you how to enjoy your cheese and wine. Before I delve into the ways of cheese pairing, let’s just get one thing perfectly straight: the best cheese and wine pairing is the one you like the best.

I’m about to beat the most clichéd cheese and wine pairing in the book, but if you love goat cheese with a tannic red, go for it and don’t let anyone dissuade you. At the same time, if you’re open to experimenting with cheese and wine pairings, check out the following list for some tips on making your summertime cheese and wine pairings a hit!

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  • Snooth User: amateriat
    618056 9

    Sigh...interesting wines, paired with every single cheese I <i>don't</i> like. I suppose it's because, when the livin' is (relatively) easy, my go-to pairing is Gouda (regular or smoked) and a nice Garnacha (and a locally-baked baguette, which thankfully is once again easier to find in my neck of Gotham). Sometimes you want to foxtrot rather than waltz, yes?

    - Barrett

    Jun 08, 2012 at 1:25 PM

  • Snooth User: envchemist
    340946 18

    That's a very short unusual list. Maybe they were trying to show unusual pairs. My favorite is Baked Brie with Tawny Port --great dessert or Sharp cheese with Merlot.


    Jun 08, 2012 at 2:39 PM

  • Sounds like a reason to have a cheese/wine party! Wine & cheese are like PB&J..meant for each other. Interesting list...I'm sure you could go on & on with combinations.

    Jun 09, 2012 at 9:16 AM

  • Thats fine until youre presented with a cheeseboard - when you say "Dry White Port please" as its versatility copes well with varied cheeses.
    An other surprise - cheeses tend to go with their local wines. Eg Chignin de Savoie with the Vacherin Mont D-Or cheese

    Jul 04, 2012 at 7:08 AM

  • Snooth User: Calamus
    1121277 305

    Breaking the 'rules', I really like a Sauterne with Romano-Parmesan or a Sauterne with a 7 year old Quebec cheddar. Heaven!

    Jul 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

  • I wonder if Calamus's finding of Sauternes and mine of dry white port (still rather rich and sweet) add up to making sweet wine a good - and certainly under-rated -bet with salty cheese.
    Anyone else out there with sweet wine findings or pairings with specific cheeses?

    Jul 26, 2012 at 6:06 AM

  • Snooth User: Calamus
    1121277 305

    Willamsimpson, There must be others! Cremant and hard French cheese with apples and a few grapes is delicious. On the other side of the palate, A Syrah with cheese curd or gouda is a great Friday night snack. I think I am going to work my way through the pairings, on this list, that I haven't tried yet.

    Jul 26, 2012 at 7:50 AM

  • woww... so sweet.. & nice

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:00 AM

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