Cheese and Wine Pairing Guide

Cheese and Wine Pairing Guide

Cheese and wine have been a staple in the food industry for years. Most people think it is hard to mess up wine and cheese, but there is a right and a wrong way to do a wine and cheese night. With the help of Pompos boards, we can provide you with the ultimate wine and cheese pairing guide. Are you looking to host the ultimate charcuterie night? Make the perfect charcuterie board with a Pompos Board! Shop custom wood boards for your next wine and cheese night, and try some of these expert pairings suggested below!


Hard Cheese

Hard cheeses are known for their bold flavors and tougher textures. The most common hard cheeses include: Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino, Aged Manchego. When looking for a wine to pair with this type of cheese, consider using a fuller-bodied wine. Our wine suggestions for hard cheeses include Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, or a Pinot Noir. These blends match the boldness of these harder cheeses and make for the best pairing!


Semi-Hard Cheese

Semi-hard cheeses are among the most popular cheeses to use for a wine night. If you are looking to use a semi-hard cheese such as Cheddar, Gouda, or Baby Swiss, consider pairing it with a balanced wine. The most favored wines to pair with a semi-hard cheese would be Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, or Sauvignon Blanc. These balanced blends offer the perfect counterbalance to the strength of the semi-hard cheeses.


Soft Cheese

Soft cheeses tend to be a crowd favorite for a charcuterie night. The most common soft cheeses are Brie and Boursin. Soft cheese pairs well with sparkling wine or white wine that's light on oak flavor such as Champagne, Riesling, or Merlot, which are the most popular types of wines to pair with soft cheeses.


Semi-Soft Cheese

A semi-soft cheese can be a refreshing and inclusive option for your dinner party. Our favorite semi-soft cheeses are Havarti, Fresh Mozzarella, and Jarlsberg. These mild cheeses are great options to serve your guests. The best wines to pair with the nutty and fairly mild flavors of a semi-soft cheese are rich, dry, full-bodied white or a light-bodied red wine. We recommend a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or a Zinfandel blend.

For your next wine and cheese night, consider using this pairing guide to bring out the best in both the wine and the cheese. To build the ultimate cheese platter, consider using a hand-crafted wooden board to elevate the aesthetic of your night. Browse through other hand-crafted wooden products on Pompos’ website to find the perfect board for your next event.