Wine: What's Your Type?

Wine: What's Your Type?

What this is: A look at the nine types of wine and what kind of cheese and flavor profiles they pair with.

Who it’s for: The lesson for those who love wine with their cheese board.

We break down wine into nine easy categories so that you can mix and match your vino with your cheese. Below is each wine type, the types of wine included in each type and the cheese types and flavor profiles that pair with it.

9 EASY WINE CATEGORIES

1. SPARKLING

A bubbly treat that pairs well with others. It’s not just for fancy occasions. 

 

2. SWEET WHITE

A sweet and crisp dance partner best for leading spicy, sour, funky, and bold.


3. DRY WHITE

A fruity friend with an acidic flair. Best enjoyed young and often.

 

4. RICH WHITE

Rich bold pours that, when they are oakless, love to be paired with cheese.

 

5. ROSÉ

Look to the grape—these can fall dry & savory or sweet & fruity.

 

6. LIGHT RED

Simple but definitely not basic.

 

7. MEDIUM RED

A showcase of red fruit flavors that is decidedly food friendly.

 

8. BOLD RED

Showy jewels that beg for bold pairing partners. Fewer tannins = better cheese friend.

 

9. DESSERT WINE

The perfect finish to a delicious meal, these long-aged treasures are people-pleasers.

Additional pairing tips

  • ENJOY LIKE TOGETHER: Fruity with fruity, savory with savory, sweet with sweet.
  • MATCH INTENSITY: Mild and bold pairings usually overpower.
  • GROWS TOGETHER, GOES TOGETHER: Pairings from the same region are likely friends.
  • NO RULES: Drink what you like, eat what you like...this is only a guide. 

SUMMARY

This handy guide can help you pick out the right bottle (or two for your next cheese board night).

HOMEWORK

Create your dream cheese board on paper. First decide what cheeses and pairings would you include, and then pick three different wines that would pair nicely. If you’re stuck for a starting point, consider the GROWS TOGETHER tip and create a regionally themed board and wines.

Downloads

Click the icons to download a pdf of this lesson and our two handy guides: How Cheese is Made and Cheese and Pairing Types.

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