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Welcome to the Cheese Board

Posted: June 26, 2000

Welcome to
Cheese Board!

Cheese and Wine seem to have a particular affinity for each other. In fact, when paired together they tend to compliment each other's greatest qualities. Simple pairing methods range from matching a favorite wine with a favorite cheese to simply sticking to wines and cheeses that are produced in the same region. A little thought and creativity can go a long way to enhance the experience.

Cheeses can be classified in a number of ways. One method is to break them down by texture, from very soft to hard. Another is by the nature of the rind, or crust. The rind controls the amount of air that moves into the cheese and the amount of water that progresses out of it. Cheeses can also be classified by the type of milk from whence it came: cow, ewe, or goat.

Below is an alphabetical listing of cheeses that are commonly matched with wine as well as Wine Spectator menus that use that cheese. Click on a cheese and see our wine pairing suggestion as well as a brief description of its typical characteristics. Or click on the menu and see some suggestions for using the cheese in a meal.

Remember: these are only suggestions...

Cheese Menus
Asiago February 2000
March 1997
October 1997


Brie June 1999
November 1997
June 1997
Cambozola May 1997

Cheddar December 1997
September 1997
February 1997
June 1997

Chèvre June 1999
November 1998
June 1997
Crottin de Chavignol


Explorateur July 1997
Feta Jult 1996
August 1994
Fontina February 2000
July 1997
March 1997
Fresh Goat Cheese October 1998
Gorgonzola December 1998
October 1997
Gouda September 1997
May 1997
Gruyère January 1997
December 1997

Jack February 2000
April 1997
November 1997



Manchego December 1998
December 1997

Mozzarella May 1998
April 1997

Ossau Iraty

Parmigiano June 1999
February 1998
January 1997
Pecorino March 1997
Pont l'Eveque



Ricotta February 2000
November 1999
Roquefort June 1999
February 1997
Sainte Maure

Stilton December 1998
July 1997

Teleme April 1997
Tomme de Savoie June 1998
September 1997
October 1997
Vacherin Fribourgeois

Do you have any intersting wine-cheese pairing stories? Suggestions ?

Let us know.

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