Cheese and Wine Pairings


Matching Wine and Cheese is not as easy as it first seems. Cheeses come in a myriad of different styles and flavours. As a rule of thumb this is how you should match –

  • Mild Cheeses with low acidity/saltiness – Soft, fruity white wines eg. Chardonnay
  • Strong Cheeses (Mature Cheddar) with a strong saltiness – Match soft fruit flavours to balance the saltiness -  Ripe, fruity red wines eg. Shiraz, Malbec
  • Soft Cheeses – Brie, Camembert – creamy flavours – match with a creamy, soft white wine eg. Chardonnay or Viognier
  • Stinky Cheeses – Have some acidity and strong flavours – match with a light red to balance that has strong flavours and a little acidity eg Pinot Noir
  • Blue Cheeses such as Stilton, Roquefort have saltiness as their overriding characteristic. Match with a sweet wine to counter the saltiness eg. Port, Sauternes
  • Aged Dry cheeses – Have a dry, nutty flavour. Match with complex wines such as Prosecco and Champagne which have yeasty, nutty flavours
  • Goats Cheese – Main characteristic is acidity. Match with light, acidic wines eg, Pouilly fume or Sancerre

We have created a chart that outlines these key Cheese styles and Wine Matches. Why not use this to recommend wines with your cheese platter at the end of the meal.

Cheese type Recommended wine style Thomas Ridley recommends
Swiss Dry Sparkling Wine Filipetti Prosecco
Blue veined Sweet wines Windsor Special Reserve Port
Boursin Intensely floral or aromatic wines Bon Courage Gewurztraminer
Brie (French) Full flavoured, fruity white wines Warawara Chardonnay
Camembert Fruity White wines with acidity Kleindal Chenin Blanc
Mild Cheddar Full flavoured, fruity white wines Viognier, Sol de Mendoza
Strong Cheddar Full bodied, soft, fruity reds The Vintner Shiraz-Viognier
Goats Dry white wines with acidity Sancerre La Gemiere
Edam/Gouda Dry, light, minerally wines Riesling Metz
Feta Light, dry, fruity reds Beaujolais-Villages, Quinson
Gruyere (Aged) Dry Sparkling Wine Jules Feraud Brut NV  Champagne
Stinky soft Soft, light red wines with intense flavour Pinot Noir Neptune Point


Written by Thomas Ridley FoodService
Thomas Ridley FoodService
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