Wine & Cheese Pairings

It’s that time of the year when holiday parties are in full swing. And around here we know that no good party is complete without wine and cheese! While it’s easy enough to pick up whatever wine catches your eye at the store,  there’s actually some science behind pairing certain wines and cheeses together for the best combination of flavors.

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Here are a few pairing pointers to consider:

  • If you’re drinking Cabernet Sauvignon, try pairing it with an extra sharp cheddar cheese. The full body of the wine helps bring out the bold flavor qualities of a strong cheese.
  • If you like Merlot, pair it with a Garlic and Herb cheese. The dry fruitiness of the Merlot blends well with sharp or tangy cheeses and the garlic and herb bites back.
  • If you choose Chardonnay, pair it with mild cheddar or Colby Jack. The crisp and fruity wine enhances the creaminess of the milder cheeses making them almost sweet.
  • If you’re drinking Moscato, try pairing it with Pepper Jack! The sweetness of the wine blends surprisingly well with spicier cheeses.

For more delicious wine and cheese pairings, visit our website for an easy to read infographic.

Don’t want to pair your cheeses alone? Try these recipes to serve with your wine:

This Pesto and Arugula Grilled Cheese goes great with a glass of Pinot Grigio.

Pesto and Arugula Grilled Cheese

Pair these Caramelized Onion Melts with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Caramelized Onion Melts

Try a slice of this Apple Cheddar Pitza with your Merlot.

Apple Cheddar Pitza

These Mac & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers would taste great with a glass of Moscato.

Cabot Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

Pair this Festive Cabot Cheddar Tree with a glass of Pinot Noir.

Festive Cabot Cheddar Tree


Planning your own Wine & Cheddar Pairing party? Use our printable wine placemat! Choose three different wines, and three different cheeses to create a delicious pairing event for your friends. Not sure where to start? Click here to learn what varietals of wine pair best with certain cheese styles. Looking for even more inspiration? See how the Cabot team likes to enjoy their favorite cheeses and wine.

If you would like to learn more about Cabot Creamery Cooperative, get more delicious recipes, or take a virtual tour of some of our 1,200 farm families, click here. If you find a recipe that you love on our site, please rate and review it – we appreciate your feedback!

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