Night in? No worries! You can turn any low-key evening into a sophisticated wine-and-cheese-tasting party — no need for a sommelier certification. Forget acidity levels and grape varieties, this helpful guide will turn your basic cheese plate into an artisanal delicacy.

How to enjoy:

  1. Taste the cheese first.
  2. Have another bite and take a sip of wine.
  3. Inhale through your nose and try to identify which part of your palate the flavors harmonize.

White Wines
Champagne: Camembert, Cheddar, Colby, Mascarpone
Chardonnay: Brie, Cheddar
Sparkling: Robiola
Sauvignon Blanc: Gruyere, Mozzarella, Mascarpone
Riesling: Blue, Mascarpone, Ricotta

Red Wines
Merlot: Gouda
Cabernet Sauvignon: Cheddar
Chianti: Parmesan
Malbec: Colby, Asiago
Sherry: Blue, Brie

Enhance the flavor! Add any of these extra items to expand your palate:

  • Seedy bread/crackers
  • Crusty bread
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Sourdough bread
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Honeydew
  • Dried fig
  • Ripe pear