Classic Artisan Wines

Classic Artisan Wines is a fine wine broker for the wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Napa Valley, Central Coast, Paso Robles and Russian River.

Cheese and Wine Pairings

Cheese and Wine Pairings

Here are a few cheese and wine pairings. Follow the link for the complete recipe.

Cheese pairings selected are not picked out of thin air. Work is diligently performed to find the perfect combinations before we share our cheese pairings with the world. Wine is selected based on quality and desire to turn you on to domestic and international vendors you may not normally try. Beer and cheese are underrated and a delightful combination. The knowledgeable and experienced people of the most respected artisan cheese vendors select a broad assortment of cheeses they think will match the wines and beer we’ve chosen.

Artisan cheeses offer different and more intense flavors, textures and aromas than their commercial counterparts, all traditional perceptions of cheese pairing are tossed out and we let the cheese do the talking. We taste and evaluate cheese pairings on how they enhance and elevate each pairing. Some combinations decrease the flavors. Some cheese shut down the wine and beer, and some wine and beer shut down the cheese. We taste and sip, sip and taste.

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Choosing cheeses is a great opportunity to explore varied textures, ages, or milk types. But like most pleasures in life, you should set limits. Three different varieties are more than enough and more than five is confusing. Taste is what you’re after.
Select one spectacular cheese:

  • Serve a triple-crème brie with salty nuts and champagne
  • Try an English farmhouse blue with Port or Shiraz
  • Serve Cheddar with chutney and Cabernet Sauvignon

Select by country of origin (Spain is an example):

  • Aged goat – Try with a Riesling or Spanish red
  • Aged sheep – Pour a Rioja from Spain or a Washington Merlot
  • Sheep, goat, and cow; creamy blue – Serve with dry or sweet sherry

Select different milks:

  • Buffalo – Pour a Chianti
  • Cow – Fine with a tawny port or Oloroso sherry
  • Goat – Pair with Sauvignon Blanc or California Chardonnay
  • Sheep – Excellent with a Chianti

Select one milk type, different processes:

  • Mozzarella (soft cheese)  – Serve with Chardonnay or Italian reds
  • Roquefort (semi-soft cheese) – Wonderful with Merlot or Pinot Noir
  • Brie (soft-ripened cheese) –  Surprise guests with sparkling wine or an Oloroso sherry
  • Gouda (hard cheese) – Pour Merlot or Chardonnay
  • Jarlsberg (semi-hard cheese) – Nice with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Gris

Other simple cheese pairings:

  • Beer and Goat Cheese
  • Sauvignon Blanc and Goat Cheese
  • Pinot Grigio and Brie

Recommended by Classic Artisan Wines Expert, Donna Morrison-Leaf, and the beer and wine experts at Total Wine & More.