Chevre (Goat Cheese)

Appearance: Creamy white

Flavor: Clean, tangy

Texture: Smooth, creamy

Salads

Spreads

Sauvignon Blanc,

Gewürztraminer

 

Cream Cheese

Appearance: Creamy white

Flavor: Rich, nutty, slightly sweet

Texture: Smooth, creamy

Spreads / Dips

Soups / Sauces

Casseroles

Baked goods

Fruity wines

 

Feta

Appearance: Chalk white

Flavor: Tart, salty

Texture: Firm, crumbly

Salads

Casseroles

Stuffing

Sauvignon Blanc,

Rosés

 

Fresh Mozzarella

Appearance: Creamy white

Flavor: Rich, buttery, slightly sweet

Texture: Smooth, thick, soft, creamy

Italian Dishes

Salads

Pizzas

Appetizers

Light red wines

White wines

 

Mascarpone

Appearance: Creamy white

Flavor: Rich, buttery, slightly sweet

Texture: Smooth, thick, soft, creamy

Sparkling and fruity

 

Ricotta

Appearance: Creamy white

Flavor: Mild flavor, hint of sweetness

Texture: Creamy yet slightly grainy curd

White wines –

Sauvignon Blanc,

Chenin BlancName Federal Standard of Identity Popular Uses Wine Pairing

 

Brie & Camembert

Appearance: Pale ivory

Flavor: Mild to pungent, depending upon age

Texture: Rich, creamy, unctuous

Sparkling wines, Pinot Noir

me Federal Standard of Identity Popular Uses Wine Pairing

 

Blue

Gorgonzola

Appearance: Creamy ivory with blue/green

Flavor: Full earthy flavor as a result

of the blue mold in the cheese

Texture: Firm, crumbly

Red wines

Port, e Name Federal Standard of Identity Popular Uses Wine

 

Edam

Appearance: Pale yellow

Flavor: Smooth, firm

Texture: Rich, buttery, slightly sweet

Syrah, Shiraz

 

Fontina

Appearance: Pale ivory

Flavor: Slightly tart, tangy, nutty, light earthy flavor

Texture: Smooth, supple with tiny holes, semi-soft

Light red wines –

Germany Beaujolais

 

Havarti

Appearance: Pale yellow, tiny holes

Flavor: Buttery, creamy, slightly acidic

Texture: Smooth, supple

Fruity wines – Riesling

or Beaujolais Nouveau

 

Jarlsberg

Appearance: Pale yellow

Flavor: Rich, buttery, nutty, mild, slightly sweet

Texture: Firm, large irregular holes

Red wines – Burgundy,

Merlot

 

Monterey Jack

Appearance: Natural, creamy white

Flavor: Delicate, buttery, slight tartness

Texture: Semi-soft, creamy

Soups

Sauces

Sandwiches

Pizzas

Fruity wines – Riesling,

Colombard or Rhine

 

Mozzarella

Appearance: Creamy white, smooth

Flavor: Mild, delicate, milky

Texture: Smooth, supple

Light red wines –

Chianti e Name Federal Standard of Identity Popular Uses Wine

 

Asiago

Appearance: Pale yellow

Flavor: Fresh – Clean, mild; Medium – More intense;

Aged – Buttery, nutty – similar to Parmesan

Texture: Fresh – Firm but soft; Medium – Firm,

Gewürztraminer;

Cabernet Franc, Pinot

 

Cheddar

Appearance: Golden

Flavor: Rich, nutty, creamy, sharpens with age

Texture: Smooth, firm, granular with age

Red wines – Zinfandel

 

Gruyere

Appearance: Pale, ivory-yellow, natural brown

washed rind

Flavor: Nutty, rich, sweet, full-bodied

Texture: Firm; a few small eyes

Sauvignon Blanc,

Gewürztraminer

 

Manchego

Appearance: Creamy white to pale yellow

Flavor: Rich and mellow, salty

Texture: Hard rind with firm interior

Table Cheese

Cooking Cheese

Snacks

Desserts

Red wines – Cabernet

Sauvignons, Chianti,

Sangiovese

 

Parmesan

Appearance: straw yellow interior

Flavor: full and fruity with a salty tang

Texture: grainy, flaky

Chianti

Barolo

Cabernet Sauvignonese Name Federal Standard of Identity Popular Uses Wine Pairing

 

Romano

Appearance: Creamy white

Flavor: Salty, nutty

Texture: Hard granular

Pasta Dishes

Top Vegetables

Sangiovese

 

Dolce Vita USA cookbook has many recipes that use the ingredient cheese. It is always fun to host a wine and cheese pairing party for a group of friends. Hope this guide wine and cheese pairing list helps you out.

Mangia Mangia

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