Wine and cheese matching made easy

Who doesn’t love to nibble on cheese with a glass of wine? But not every cheese matches every wine. 

Here’s a handy guide to creating the perfect cheeseboard for your wine style.

Il Villagio Italian Pinot Grigio 2019 + Chèvre

Grigio is less voluptuous and has more minerality than Gris so it’s a win with the sharp saltiness and slightly citrus finish of Chèvre. Keep it simple and serve with some wafers so the wine and cheese sing.

Bay & Barnes Marlborough Chardonnay 2020 + Camembert

Creamy wine and creamy cheese means total decadence. Chardonnay and Camembert are a match made in heaven. Serve the cheese as is with crusty bread, or wrap bite-size wedges in bacon and fry or bake. 

The Remarkables Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 + Emmental

Central Otago Pinot is famous for its cherry and wild thyme characters which makes it the ideal foil for Emmental’s sweetness and piquancy. Try this wine with mini-mousetraps using melted Emmental.

Gnarly Head Old Vine California Zinfandel 2019 + Gouda


Zinfandel’s aromas are unmistakable and its dark plum and cake-spice character calls for a cheese that won’t compete. Gouda is ideal. If your wine is richly flavoured like this, choose a slightly aged Gouda. 

Lysander Limestone Coast Shiraz 2019 + Cheddar

Shiraz is so bold it can be challenging to find the perfect cheese match, but Cheddar is a great pairing. The cheese’s bite and richness goes beautifully with the wine’s big fruit and pepper character. 

Villa Maria Earth Garden Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 + Brie

Marlborough Savvy has divine zestiness and refreshing acidity which Brie tempers beautifully. The key to success with this pairing is to make sure the Brie is ripe and room temperature.  Let it ooze!

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