Wine & cheese Pairings

The connection between wine and cheese is a celebrated culinary union that ensues when the complex flavour profiles and textures of cheese interact with the multifaceted aromas, acidity, and tannins of various wines.

General guidelines for pairing Cheddar cheeses and wines


Serve the cheese at room temperature to bring out all its special characteristics and flavours.

Cheeses with higher fat or moisture contents are better suited for lighter and white wines.

Aged cheeses that develop stronger flavours and aromas as they mature are better suited for more robust wines.

For a cheese plate, cheese board, or wine pairing, select a variety of cheeses that have range of texture, flavour, and visual appeal. If possible, select your variety from the same geographical region or country to give it a “terroir” appeal.

Both the wine and cheese go well when served with crackers and toasted breads that have complementary fruit flavours such as raisins, dates, figs, and other dried fruits. Avoid crackers that have salt or herbs added.


Quick tips for serving wine

  1. Plan on a half-bottle of wine per person.
  2. Chill white wines for no longer than two hours before serving.
  3. Open red wines and allow to breathe two hours before serving.
  4. If serving several wines, start with lighter wines, move through robust reds, and end with port or sherry.
  5. Keep the cork from breaking. It takes about seven turns to get the wine opener into the best spot.
  6. Use appropriate stemware for each wine. The right glass makes a difference.

Which types of cheese and wine make good pairings?


Mild Cheddar cheeses

  • Sauvignon blanc
  • Unoaked chardonnay
  • Dry rosé

Medium, Old, and other aged Cheddar cheeses

  • Beaujolais
  • Cabernet sauvignon
  • Burgundy
  • Pinot grigio
  • White merlots

Extra old Cheddar cheeses

  • Canadian merlot
  • Full-bodied red wine
  • Port
  • Dry Sherry
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