No Fuss Wine & Cheese Pairings

by Jenny Hubble

Pairing wine with cheese doesn’t have to be difficult and can make even a novice host look like an expert! Use this handy guide to pair easy-to-find cheeses with the perfect wine.


brieBrie is a soft cheese that makes for an excellent dessert because of its mild flavor and creamy texture. Its thin, white crust is edible – really!  Pair Brie with medium red wines like Merlot, Shiraz or Spanish reds.


blueBlue is a semi-soft cheese, noted for its crumbly texture, silky consistency and salty flavor. Pair Blue cheese with hearty red wines, including Burgundy, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Cabernet Sauvignon.


swissSwiss is a hard cheese with a nutty flavor, a firm texture and large shiny eyes.  Pair Swiss with fruity red wines, including white Zinfandel, Gamay Beaujolais or Pinot Noir. Want to impress your guests even more – share this fun fact: Ohio produces more Swiss cheese than any other state!


cheddarCheddar is a hard cheese that gains a sharper flavor the more it ages and can be found in yellow and white varieties. Pair Cheddar cheese with red wines like a fruity Gamay Beaujolais or create contrast with a fruity white Riesling.


parmesanParmesan is a very hard cheese with a robust flavor. Did you know that Parmesan provides about 11 grams of protein per ounce, which is more than any other type of cheese?  Pair Parmesan with full-bodied red wines like Burgundy, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Cabernet Sauvignon.

What’s your favorite wine and cheese pairing? Comment below!

Jenny Hubble

Jenny is the Senior Vice President of Communications for the American Dairy Association Mideast. Although Jenny’s roots are in agriculture, she now considers herself a city dweller. In her free time, Jenny enjoys cooking, running, dabbling in photography and playing with her dog!

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  1. Jeremy | | Reply

    Well written article. Very informative.

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