Creative Ideas for Your Next Wine & Cheese Party

We asked some of our fellow Cabot team members to tell us about their favorite wine and cheese pairings. As you can see, their ideas are all over the cheese board.


habanero and prosecco pairing
I guess you’d say that my motto with wine and cheese is ‘Go Big or Go Home.’ One of my all-time favorite Cabot cheese varieties is the Habanero Cheddar. It’s not for the faint of heart, but the flavor explosion leaves a lasting impression and is the perfect pairing with Prosecco. They may seem like unlikely companions on your plate, but in your mouth the crisp, refreshing bubbles are a welcome contrast to this creamy-heat combo.

~Regan Jones – Cabot Registered Dietitian


I love pairing my favorite cheese from the Farmers’ Legacy Collection, New York Vintage, with a white wine such as a Riesling. A fruity and semi-dry taste from this wine paired with a bold sharp cheddar cheese with complex undertones and a tart finish is absolutely delicious!

~Danielle Poirier – Cabot Integrated Services Producer


ROSE Pretzel Crisps Cabot Cheese
There’s nothing better than a chilled glass of dry Rosé in the summertime. Rosé pairs well with one of my favorite cheeses from the Farmers’ Legacy Collection, White Oak Cheddar. The creamy subtle sweetness of this cheddar is lovely with the strawberry, raspberry, and citrus notes in the Rosé. I always add fresh fruit, and something salty to the cheeseboard – so naturally I sliced a Gala apple, and a handful of some crunchy Pretzel Crisps. It’s so easy to pull together this cheeseboard, and everyone will love it – no matter what night of the week it is.

~Rachael Clark  – Cabot Social Media Team


vinho verde & cabot cheese
Vinho Verde is light and fruity with a hint of natural bubbles. It pairs delightfully with my very favorite, Alpine Cheddar, from the Cabot Farmers’ Legacy Collection. What makes them a perfect pair? It’s the mildly sharp and slightly crunchy texture of the cheese made even mellower with the totally subtle taste of the wine. I’ll never be a food writer, but I know what I like. Throw in some dark, rich chocolate and call it a night.

~Wendy Scherer – Cabot Social Media Team


Wine Cheese Spread
Doesn’t all cheese go with all wine?  That’s our theory behind this spread.  That said, a tasty Malbec with hints of dark fruit and tannin levels leaving a dry mouth-feel, paired with Cabot Pepper Jack is the perfect balance of smooth and spicy to complement each sip.  Add a couple grapes, pepperoni, or even a green bean and the pairing possibilities really start to take off!

~Nate Formalarie  – Brand Communications Manager


What goes better with a bottle of wine from a friend than some amazing cheese? A lovely red zin was a perfect complement to the creamy, deep flavor of Cabot’s Monterey Jack. The pairing is a little unconventional, a little unexpected and a little bit of perfection with some summer strawberries. I love going a bit against the grain and choosing this mellow, subtle cheese certainly paid off, and the strawberries added a little sweet zing.

~Jenni Tilton Flood – Cabot Farmer


At our house, we’re pretty happy sticking with our tried-and-true favorites, so we often find ourselves enjoying a bar of Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar along with some seriously spicy hard salami. I balance the bite of the sharp cheese and the kick of the salami with a fruit-forward Pinot Noir. Throw in a few plump dried apricots for a hint of sweetness and you have the perfectly paired party!

~Carolyn Kingston – Marketing Manager


I just love the taste of a perfectly ripe, juicy peach with a class of cold, light Pinot Grigio. The addition of my favorite, Cabot Horseradish Cheddar, takes this combination to a whole new level of deliciousness. Not only does this outstanding cheddar offer a bit of a horseradish kick, its surprisingly creamy texture doesn’t overwhelm the other more delicates flavors.

~Candace Karu – Cabot Social Media Team


Wine and cheese – It’s hard to think of one without the other, and a glass of your favorite wine paired with one of the many amazing flavors of The World’s Best Cheddar – well that’s a combination almost impossible to top. There is magic that happens when you serve Cabot Cheddar with your favorite wine. And there’s no right or wrong combo; let your imagination and your taste buds be your guide. Want some more ideas? Here are some delicious pairings, created for us by our friends at The Wine Sisterhood:

White Wine & Young = Creamy Cheeses
Try our Private Stock

Red Wine & Strong = Aged Cheeses
Try our Vintage Choice Cheddar

Off-Dry White Wines = Spicy Cheeses
Try our Hot Habanero Cheddar

Light Bodied Wines = Light Cheeses
Try our Garlic & Herb

Full Bodied Wines = Heavier Cheeses
Try our New York Extra Sharp

Remember the basic rule: the stronger the wine, the stronger the cheese. So, if you’re sampling a hearty red wine like a cabernet sauvignon, pair the wine with a strong cheese, like Cabot’s Vintage Choice Cheddar or even some Clothbound Cheddar. Although, again, there really is no wrong way to pair wine and cheese.

There’s all sorts of goodness on our Wine & Cheese Pairings page.

Also check out our FUN Infographics:

Still want more? We have pairing inspiration for Beer and Cheese, Apple and Cheese, Pear and Cheese, and Grilled Cheese and Wine.

We’d love to hear your favorite pairings. Be sure to tell us in the comment section below. Cheers!

Comments (2)

wine party | February 10, 2016 | 9:13am

good info thanks

Donna Goodwin | May 22, 2021 | 3:46pm

Your goat cheese especially the pepper jelly is awesome one of the best I ever had thankyou Donna

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