This wine is all over the place! Flavor profile varies depending on where and how it is made.
Old World Chardonnay: crisp and minerally with flavors of apples and pears.
Pair with: fresh or bloomy rind cheeses, like Saint Angel
New World Chardonnay: rich, buttery and oaky!
Pair with: slightly stronger cheese like Goot Essa Farm Mt Valley Sharp Cheddar
Lighter and crisper; tends to be refreshing and fruity, with aromas of stone fruit, peach and lemon.
Pair with: Creamy goat or mixed milk cheese. La Tur or Cremont are a great match with the tart flavors of the wine.
The super food-friendly wine can be super sweet or quite dry. You can usually find some acidity, minerality and aromas of tropical fruit.
Dry: Tropical fruit on the nose, but beautifully balanced flavor.
Pair with: A fresh chevre or a piece of something stinky, like Irish Adrahan.
Sweet: This version can almost be like a sweet, syrupy wine with dominant aromas of peaches and tropical fruit.
Pair with: You’ll definitely need to contrast the sweetness on this one with something salty or funky.
Very bright and lemony with clean citrus flavors.
Pair with: Perfect for soft and creamy goat milk cheese or triple crèmes, like Rochetta or Coupole.
We love bubbles and so does cheese! Flavors range from very dry, crisp to deep and sweet.
Dry: Toasty and fuller bodied with a deep nuttiness.
Pair with: Triple crèmes would be perfect!
Sweet: Flavors of apple, pear and even strawberry are the highlights here.
Pair with: Triple crèmes would work very well, like Chaource, or La Tur.
Full-bodied with no shortage of flavor!
Old World Cabernet: Earthy with aromas of leather and dark dried fruits.
Pair with: Look for a cheese that will hold up to this big wine. Comte or Gruyere would work well.
New World Cabernet: Bold oaky flavors and incredibly jammy.
Pair with: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar or Parmigiano Reggiano.
Lighter bodied and delicate.
Old World Pinot: A little more funk—fresh berries but with a smattering of barnyard funk in there!
Pair with: Langres, Chaource, St Marcellin…almost anything!
New World Pinot: More sugary with oak and spice.
Pair with: Manchego, cheddars and anything with full and fatty flavors.
The rustic wine is full-bodied with plenty of tannins, plums and berries.
Pair with: Gouda!
A smooth and medium-bodied wine with a more rounded flavor than other reds.
Pair with: Mellow Cowgirl Creamery Wagon Wheel or tangy Bucheron.
Dry, medium-bodied with a distinct herbal quality with a hint of cherry.
Pair with: Pecorino!
Pair with: Bright and tangy goat’s milk or something more buttery and bloomy like Moses Sleeper.
Typically approachable and mellow with a delicate balance of toastiness and sweetness with a mild hop bitterness.
Pair with: Brie de Meaux or Taleggio
Belgian Style Ales
Aromatic yeasts, good bubbles and a complex sweetness.
Pair with: Great cheese for beer, but great with Gruyere.
Hops lend a bitter yin to the balance the malt’s sugary yang.
Pair with: You’ll need a fuller-bodied cheese here—try cheddar or gouda.
Porters and Stouts
Great toasty flavors of chocolate and coffee. Beware: not all porters and stouts are dark and strong!
Pair with: A mellow blue like Cashel Blue.