Wine, Cheese and Charcuterie Guide

Wine Pairing Tips

Pairings Guidelines

From the conventional to the unconventional, the pleasure in enjoying wine, cheese and charcuterie together is to discover your own favorite combinations. Enjoy these general guidelines to get started:

"It is fun to see how one combination can be an amazing pairing while the same wine with a different cheese can be a total train wreck. The illuminating part is then figuring out why one was successful and the other was not. That really helps expand people's awareness and palates."
- Cowgirl Creamery

WHAT GROWS TOGETHER GOES TOGETHER

Wine, cheese, and charcuterie from the same region will often make excellent pairings, as they reflect the culture and terroir of the area.

WHEN TO COMPLEMENT

Pair wines with cheeses and charcuterie that have similar balance, strength of flavor, body, acidity, tannins, and texture. Great pairings should complement each other to enhance shared characteristics rather than compete in flavor and texture.

WHEN TO CONTRAST

Contrasting strength and tannins will help balance the characteristics in the wine, cheese and charcuterie. Pairing aged cheeses and fattier charcuterie with a bold, full-bodied red wine will help balance the tannins and let the fruit shine through. Or pair a crisp and acidic Sauvignon Blanc with a Triple Cream Brie and more delicate charcuterie to balance the textures for a fantastic pairing.

WHAT TO AVOID

Avoid pairing lighter, creamy cheeses like Chèvre and Burrata with highly tannic wines like Cabernet Sauvignon. Avoid pairing spicy meats with high alcohol wines, as this increases the "heat" of the wine. Pungent cheeses paired with spicy or seasoned meats will create a competition in flavors.

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