This Season’s Essential Wine and Cheese Pairings

HOLIDAY 2017
By Kristen Bateman for Modern Muse

The easiest idea for fall entertaining? A gorgeous wine and cheese pairing party, or a yummy charcuterie board, hands down. If you're not sure where to start when it comes to pairing, you're in luck. We asked cheese experts Michael and Charlie Kalish (who go by "The Cheese Twins") for their perfect picks.

Chardonnay with Boursin-Style Cheese

"One of our go to pairings is using the Meiomi Chardonnay," Michael says. "This wine's smooth, creamy texture and flavor profile of exotic fruit, nutmeg and vanilla notes are enhanced with a smooth, zesty, Boursin-style cheese like Lil' Moo by Sweet Grass Dairy." The creamy cheese complements the smooth Chardonnay." Try serving the combo in some chic, unconventional wine glasses by Anthropologie.

Pinot Noir with Bleu Cheese

"Some may find Bleu Cheese intimidating to pair with wine," Charlie explains. "If the cheese is too ripe, ammonia and spice makes it notoriously challenging to pair." Despite that, bleu cheese looks extremely mouth-watering when placed on a cool rustic cutting board from Urban Outfitters. "Bleu cheese tends to be creamy, tangy and have a good amount of acidity (or zing!) with undertones of fruit," Charlie says. His dream pairing? The Caveman Blue by Rogue Creamery, which complements the flavors of a Pinot Noir.

Sauvignon Blanc with Bonne Bouche

"The crisp acidity with aromas of bright citrus, lime and tangerine found in a California Tom Gore Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc would pair well with a soft-ripened goat cheese," says Charlie. Try serving it with the Bonne Bouche by Vermont Creamery. Another addition to make your cheese and wine pairing party even cuter? Vintage-inspired napkins from Pier 1 Imports.

Rosé with Goat Cheese

Rosé isn't just for summer soirees. It's a lot more versatile than you might think. "A dry rosé can be delightful to pair with cheese," Michael notes. "Meiomi Rosé is dry, and has a bright acidity and complexity to cut through the fresh and soft cheeses or the spice of a seasoned cheese." To complement the wine, pair it with fresh goat cheese like Chef Chevre by Laura Chenel's, which "complements the fruity notes and acidity found in rosé." The twins also suggest the Urfa-Aleppo Chili pepper goat cheese by Chevoo. Create a swoon-worthy spread during a gathering by scattering lots of pretty knives from Urban Outfitters for guests to serve themselves.

Zinfandel with Cheddar

Keep things simple with all-around crowdpleasers. Namely, Zinfandel and cheddar. "Saldo from The Prisoner Wine Company is a smooth Zinfandel red blend that pairs well with an equally smooth and full-bodied cheese that stands up to the acidity," Michael explains. The twins suggest a well-aged cheddar, like Cabot Clothbound by Cellars of Jasper Hill as the perfect pairing. Don't forget a gorgeous decanter to make a statement, like this one from Pottery Barn.