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A Guide to Pairing Red Wine & Cheese

Red wines play well with bold and aged cheeses like cheddar or gouda. Compared to white wine, these cheeses stand out against the extra tannins of red wine. Pick a light to medium-bodied red wine if you’d like to pair more delicate cheeses like baby Swiss or blue cheese. Keep reading below for more cheese suggestions to pair with red wine. 


Beaujolais Cheese Pairings 

Named after the region in France they were first grown in, Beaujolais wines are light-bodied and low in tannins. They are full of tarts and fruity acidity, the perfect combination for cheese pairing. This is our top pick for red wine and cheese pairing if you’re in a pinch. Recommended pairings: 

  • Muenster
  • Young Cheddar
  • Swiss


Pinot Noir Cheese Pairings

Another excellent option for cheese pairing is a light to medium-bodied pinot noir. Pinots are slightly higher in tannins and fruitier than Beaujolais, making it a wine that goes well with a variety of your favorite cheeses. Recommended pairings: 

  • Cheddar
  • Parmesan
  • Blue


Cabernet Franc Cheese Pairings

Looking for a bolder red? Look no further than a cabernet franc. This medium-bodied red is loaded with notes of pepper, plum, and berries with enough acidity to balance salty, fresh cheeses like feta. Recommended pairings:

  • Feta
  • Gorgonzola
  • Fontina


Cabernet Sauvignon Cheese Pairings

Pairing full-bodied wines like cabernet sauvignon can be difficult for cheese lovers. We recommend choosing strong, hardy cheeses if you want some cheese alongside your bold bottle of cabernet sauvignon. Nutty aged cheeses can balance the solid oaky finish that cabernet sauvignon is known for. Recommended pairings: 

  • Aged Cheddar
  • Roth Private Reserve
  • Aged Swiss


Visit Krasi in Boston, MA 

To enter the red wine and cheese world, consider visiting Krasi in Boston, MA, today. We have different options to choose from and pair with any of our delicious wines. Visit us today or visit our website to make reservations

48 Gloucester Street
Boston MA 02115

Monday - Sunday 5-11
Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10-3

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