Pairing Wine & Cheese

A glass of your favorite wine or a nibble of gourmet cheese are both delicious on their own, but when paired together, you can create a flavor that takes these two culinary treats to the next level. We’ve got some handy tips to help you learn how to pair wine and cheese to create the perfect match.

learn how to pair wine and cheese with Hickory Farms meat, cheese, fruit, and two bottles of red wine

How to Pair Wine and Cheese

The best way to create a combination that works well is to consider the flavor profiles of both the wine and cheese to ensure they’re a match.

how to pair wine and cheese with Hickory Farms Reserve 3 Year Aged Cheddar Cheese

Bold reds pair well with aged cheeses, because the wine’s tannins play nicely with the rich fats and nutty flavor that develops over time in the cheese. So, our Three Year Aged Cheddar would be a perfect player with your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon.

Black slate cheese board with Hickory Farms Reserve Smoked Cheddar Cheese

If you prefer a lighter red, like Merlot, try pairing it with garlic or herb infused cheeses, like our Reserve Smoked Garlic Cheddar, to really help the fruit notes shine.

Black slate cheese board with Hickory Farms Triple Creme Cheese and strawberries

Full-bodied whites like Chardonnay are somewhat acidic with citrusy notes. Buttery, nutty, and richly creamy cheeses pair well with these wines, especially moderately oaked varieties. Try Gruyere, a mild cheddar, Manchego, or Havarti. Our Triple Crème would be a nice accent to your favorite glass of Chard.

Camembert Cheese with chives and pomegranate seeds
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Lighter, drier white wines taste delicious with milder cheeses to keep the wine refreshing and not overwhelmed. Monterey Jack or goat cheese are both great choices.

Wooden cheese board with two pieces of Parmesan cheese
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Sparking wines pair nicely with soft and creamy cheeses. Due to their high acid content and carbonation, sparkling wines like Prosecco offer a palate-cleansing effect to cheeses like Brie, Muenster, or Camembert. Sparkling wines are also great served alongside saltier cheeses, like parmesan.

If you’re not sure how to pair wine and cheese, or if there are several wines being offered, a firm nutty cheese is always a safe choice. Try Gouda, Gruyere, or Swiss if you’re setting out bottles of both red and white at your next party.

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