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Wine and Cheese: Find the Perfect Pairings

Kelly Traylor


Dec 16th, 2015


Looking for the perfect complement to your favorite holiday drinks? A cheeseboard is the perfect holiday appetizer because you can customize it to fit your taste, style and event. Pair with your favorite seasonal fruits, vegetables, jams, crackers, nuts, breads and your favorite drinks for an Instagram-worthy board. Finding the perfect pairing can seem daunting, but we have some simple tips to help you find the perfect wine and cheese match.

Wine on table

Cabernet Sauvignon: A full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon pairs perfectly with hard cheeses, like cheddar. This versatile wine also pairs well with goat cheese, sharp cheese, hard salami and prosciutto.

Pinot Noir: The luscious, rich fruit flavor of Pinot Noir pairs well with softer cheeses, like Brie and Havarti. Also try serving this wine with apricots or cranberries to complement the rich fruit flavor of the wine. Avoid pairing Pinot Noir with garlic, so avoid garlic stuffed olives when drinking a Pinot Noir. 

If you prefer a dry Pinot Noir, it will complement cheeses like gorgonzola and asiago best.

Sweeten Up: Sweet wines help balance the saltiness in certain cheeses and snacks. A dessert wine, like a Moscato d’Asti, will work well with salty cheeses such as bleu cheese, aged gouda or feta.

Looking for some entertaining inspiration to build a beautiful cheeseboard to go with your wine? We have incredible boards and pairings below (all images created and shot by respective bloggers) sure to inspire your custom creation. Take these unique boards and implement your favorite pairings, techniques and preferences into your personalized board. Find incredible tips and inspiration from the blogger creations below!

Focus on Aesthetics  

Sugar & Soul created a beautiful board complete with stunning figs, a variety of cheeses and nameplates to help guests identify the types of cheeses featured. This is a great way to beautifully highlight the varieties of specialty cheeses at your next holiday party. Get inspired by your favorite seasonal items and create your one-of-a-kind board for a beautiful appetizer! Click here for more posts from Sugar & Soul.


Try Fondue

Looking for a unique take on the classic cheeseboard? Try A Dash of Sanity’s interactive approach by transforming your cheeseboard into a fondue station. With so many varieties and parings, adding the option to try fondue engages guests and is sure to be memorable at your seasonal soirée. This is the perfect take on the cheeseboard for a night in celebrating the season! Click here for more posts from A Dash of Sanity.


Garnish for the Season

The secret to a beautiful cheeseboard? Being intentional when styling your board. When selecting ingredients, don’t forget to choose items with a variety of colors for depth and interest, and be sure to consider a seasonal, festive garnish to dress up your board for the season! Pomegranate arils, fresh seasonal greens or sugar-dusted cranberries are just a few ideas to try. It’s a Lovely Life included winter greens here for a festive finish! Check out more posts from this blogger here.


Build your Board Together 

Looking for a cheeseboard the whole family will enjoy? Makes and Takes created a beautiful board you could share for a family holiday at home! Given the versatility and options available when building your board, as well as the interactive nature of styling your board, it is perfect for family members of all ages to enjoy creating and eating together. Find more posts from Makes and Takes here.


Now that you’ve been inspired by these bloggers’ personalized takes on their incredible boards, it’s time to create your own for a delicious, beautiful holiday appetizer sure to impress your guests. Pair your custom board with your favorite wines to celebrate the season!

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