Red Wine and Cheese

Five rules of thumb for pairing red wine with cheese:

  1. Choose reds that are high in acidity
  2. Choose reds that are lower in tannin
  3. Choose reds that are fruity in flavor
  4. Choose reds that are lower in alcohol
  5. Choose reds that are older

A few suggestions:

Barbera

  • Abbaye de Belloc
  • Banon
  • Fiore Sardo
  • Fontina
  • Grana Padano
  • Lancashire
  • Ossau-Iraty
  • Piave
  • Taleggio

Beaujolais

  • Emmenthaler
  • Feta
  • Fresh Goat
  • Gruyere
  • Raclette

Blaufrankisch

  • Cantalet
  • Feta
  • Limburger
  • Monterey Jack
  • Gouda (smoked, aged, or straight up)
  • Pepper Jack
  • Piave
  • Provolone
  • Smoked cheeses
  • Sublimity (washed rind cheese from Oregon)
  • Washed Curd

Cabernet Franc

  • Blue
  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Cheddar
  • Feta
  • Fontina
  • Goat Cheese
  • Gorgonzola
  • Port Salut
  • Swiss

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Abaye de Belloc
  • Ardrahan
  • Beemster Classic
  • Bra Tenero
  • Cantal
  • Chaloose
  • Comté
  • Danish Blue
  • Dry Jack
  • Gouda (aged)
  • Gruyere
  • Gorgonzola
  • Llangloffan
  • Mild Blue
  • Mild and Sharp Cheddar
  • Ouray
  • Reblochon
  • San Andreas
  • Taleggio
  • Tome de Couserans

Chianti

  • Aged Asiago
  • Fontina
  • Grana Padano Stravecchio
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Pecorino
  • Pecorino Romano

Gamay

  • Beemster XO
  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Cheddar
  • Comte
  • Durrus
  • Feta
  • Morbier

Malbec

  • Cashel Blue
  • Iberico
  • Manchego
  • Mimolette
  • Taleggio

Merlot

  • Aged Cheddar
  • Asiago
  • Beaufort
  • Cantal
  • Gouda
  • Gruyere
  • Istara
  • Manchego
  • Mild Bleu
  • Parmesan
  • Pont l’Eveque
  • Romano

 

Meritage

  • Blue
  • Camembert

Nebbiolo

  • Fontina
  • Grana Padano
  • Piave

Petit Verdot

  • Grana Padano
  • Pecorino
  • Manchego
  • Smoked Gouda
  • Aged Gouda
  • Aged Cheddar
  • Aged Gruyere

Petite Sirah

  • Aged Gouda
  • Melted Swiss Cheese
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Camembert

Pinot Noir

  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Cantal
  • Crottin
  • Dry Jack
  • Fresh and Slightly Aged Goat Cheese
  • Gruyere
  • ReNero Pecorino Stagionato
  • Tomme de Savoie
  • Washed-Rind/Stinky

Sangiovese

  • Aged Asiago
  • Aged Pecorino Toscano
  • Boschetto al Tartufo Bianchetto
  • Dry Jack
  • Fontina
  • Georgia Pecan Chevre
  • Grana Padano Stravecchio
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan Reggiano
  • Pecorino
  • Piave
  • Provolone
  • Ricotta

Syrah

  • Abbaye de Belloc
  • Asiago
  • Blue
  • Comté Reserve
  • Dry Jack
  • Gruyere
  • Idiazabal
  • Manchego
  • Roquefort
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Slightly-aged Goat
  • Smoked Gouda

Tempranillo

  • Artisan Raw Milk Manchego
  • Azeitao
  • Cheddar (sharp)
  • Cotswold
  • Dubliner
  • Fium ‘Orbu
  • Fleur du Maquis
  • Havarti
  • Mahon
  • Manchego
  • Serena
  • Tomme de Savoie

Zinfandel

  • Asiago
  • Bleu
  • Brie
  • Canestrato
  • Dorset
  • Dry Sonoma Jack
  • Goat Cheese
  • Gouda
  • Gruyere
  • Maytag Blue
  • Muenster
  • Pau
  • Pecorino
  • Piave
  • Zamorano