Wine & Cheese Pairing N to Z

The Big Cheese N – Z

       The Big Cheese: N to Z

 

 

Cheese Aroma Mouthfeel Flavors Wine Pairings
 Nancy’s Camambert(America): A soft, bloomy rind made from sheep’s milk. Tangy sweet butter Silky butter Whipped cream and butter with a   delightful kick
  • Champagne
 Old Amsterdam(Holland): A wax-coated Gouda made from cow’s milk.  Caramel, butterscotch  Dry, crumbly, coating  Candy tones, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and nuts
  • Cognac
 Ossau Iraty (France): A semi-soft, natural rind made from sheep’s   milk.  Earthy, nutty, piquant  Creamy and smooth, melting  Light fruit and nuts   upfront, then deeper, roasted butter and hazlenuts at the end
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Zinfandel
  • sherry
  • Cognac
Parmigiano-Reggiano (Italy): A natural rind grana made from raw cow’s   milk.  Salty, sweet  Dry, granular, then creamy  Fruit, salt
  • Sangiovese
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
 Pau (Spain): A   semi-soft, mold rind made from goat’s milk.  Farmyard  Creamy  Light farmyard, earthiness,   citrus, and salt
  • red Riojas
  • sherries
  • Sauternes
  • Chardonnays
  • Pinot noir
 Pecorino al Tartufo(Italy):A   semi-hard, wax-coated made from sheep’s milk.  Truffles, butter, and nuts  Very creamy  Truffles, butter,  nuts
  • Sangiovese
 Pecorino Antico(Italy):   A semi-hard, wax-coated made from sheep’s milk.  Rich in butter  Creamy  Spicy, buttery, and nutty
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot
  • fino sherry
 Pecorino Fresco(Italy):A   semi-soft, wax-coated made from sheep’s milk.  Light  Creamy  Light, creamy butter with   light nuts
  • Pinot Grigio
 Pecorino Renero(Italy):A   semi-hard, wax-coated made from sheep’s milk.  Butter and cream  Crumbly then creamy  Spicy, buttery, nutty and   rich
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot
  • Sangiovese
  • fino sherry
 Pecorino Romano(Italy):   A semi-hard, wax-coated made from sheep’s milk.  Salt, pepper, sharp  Dry, crumbly  Salt, cream, pepper, and   mild nuts
  • usually a cooking cheese; shave over pasta, lasagna,        vegetables, etc.
 Pecorino Stagianato(Italy):   A semi-hard, wax-coated made from sheep’s milk.  Sharp  Very dry  Tangy, buutery, and   full-flavored
  • Merlot
  • Sangiovese
 Pecorino Toscano(   Italy):A semi-hard, wax-coated made from sheep’s milk.  Light nuts and butter  Smooth, creamy, olive oil  Piquant butter and nuts with   olives
  • Merlot
 Peilloute (France):   A soft, bloomy rind made from goat’s milk.  Light, tangy  Very smooth  Light, fruity, slight tang
  • Champagne
  • Chenin Blanc
 Pepato (Italy):   A semi-hard, wax-coated made from sheep’s milk.  Slight tang, mild  Crumbly, then creamy  Pepper, soft butter, light   tang
  • Sangiovese
  • Zinfandel
  • Martini
 Petit Basque(France):A   semi-soft, natural rind made from sheep’s milk.  Earthy, nutty, piquant  Creamy and smooth, melting  Light fruit and nuts
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • sherry
 Piave(Italy): A   natural rind, grana made from cow’s milk.  Fruity, sweet  Dry, granular  Fruit, citrus, sweet
  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauternes
 Pierre Robert(France):   A soft, bloomy rind made from cow’s milk.  Hint of tang, luscious cream  Silky and smooth  Salt, butter, and toast
  • Champagne
  • Pinot Gris
  • Riesling
 Pleasant Ridge Reservl (America):   A semi-hard, natural rind made from raw cow’s milk.  Fruity, roasted nuts  Creamy  Heavy fruit, complex
  • Sangiovese
  • Zinfandel
 Pont l’Eveque(France): A semi-soft, washed rind made from cow’s milk.  Pungent, salty, with hints   of farmyard  Smooth, creamy, light   coating  Mushrooms, earthiness,   sharp, light tang, and pungent
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Riesling
 Prima Donna(Holland):   A wax-coated Gouda made from cow’s milk.  Nutty and sweet  Creamy, mildly coating  Nuts, roasted butter,   butterscotch
  • Sangiovese
  • Zinfandel
  • Cognac
 Provolone (D.O.C.   protected): A semi-soft, pasta filata made from cow’s milk.  Very mild with hints of tang  Rubbery, light  Very mild, slightly oily,   sharp when aged
  • Beaujolais
 Pt. Reyes Blue(America):   A semi-soft, blue made from raw cow’s milk.  Piquant, sharp, spicy  Very creamy  Sharp, full flavored, creamy   milk, fresh blue, piquant
  • Riesling
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Port
  • Zinfandel
  • Pinot Noir
 Pyrenees Peppercorns (France): A semi-soft, wax-coated made from cow’s milk.  Mild, sweet, peppery  Slightly creamy  Mild, sweet, peppery
  • Sangiovese
  • Zinfandel
 Queso Al Romero(Spain):   A semi-soft, herb wrapped made from sheep’s milk.  Herbal, olive oil  Creamy  Rosemary, butter, nuts, olive   oil
  • Sangiovese
  • Syrah
 Queso Cabrero(Spain):   A hard, natural rind made from goat’s milk.  Grassy tang  Crumbly, creamy  Fruity, tangy, grassy
  •  Zinfandel
 Queso de Cabra(Spain):   A semi-soft, wax-coated made from goat’s milk.  Creamy tang  Creamy  Creamy tang
  • Pinot Grigio
 Queso de la Serena (Spain):   A soft, washed rind made from sheep’s milk.  Sharp, pungent, earthy,   tangy  Smooth, lightly coating  Grassy, tart, and heavenly   cream
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Port
  • Riesling
 Queso de Oro(America):A   semi-soft, rindless made from cow’s milk.  Mild  Lightly creamy  Mild butter, milk, sweet
  • Sauvignon Blanc
 Queso Fresco(Various   producers, Mexico and America): A soft, fresh made from cow’s milk.  Mild  Crumbly  Mildly sweet and tangy
  • Pinot Noir
 Raclette, Swiss(Switzerland):   A semi-hard, brushed rind made from sheep’s milk.  Mild, piquant fruit  Smooth  Flavor intesifies with heat,   full, meaty, and fruity
  • Kirsch
 Reblechon (France):   A semi-soft, washed rind made from cow’s milk.  Lightly pungent and salty  Smooth and silky  Earthy pungency with hints   of ripe fruit
  • Riesling
  • Beaujolais
  • Pinot noir
  • Chardonnay
 Red Hawk (America):   A semi-soft, washed rind made from cow’s milk.  Pungent, strong  Very creamy  Salt, heavy cream, pungent
  • Syrah
 Ricotta (Various   Producers): A soft, fresh made from cow’s or sheep’s milk.  Fresh, milky  Smooth, slightly creamy  Fresh butter, light cream,   hint of grassiness
  •  Usually a cooking cheese used in ravioli,        manicotti, and also rustic Italian dessert
 Ricatta Salata (Italy):   Hard, pressed whey curd made from cow’s milk.  Light tang and salt  Dry, crumbly  Salty, tangy, light butter
  •  Pinot Noir
 Roaring Forties Blue(Australia):A   semi-soft, blue made from cow’s milk.  Full and fruity  Creamy, sometimes granular  Sweet, fruity, piquant
  •  Pinot Gris
 Robiola Bosina(Italy):   A soft, natural rind made from cow’s, goat’s, and sheep’s milk.  Light pungency  Silky and light  Distinct pungency with   creamy surround
  •  Pinot Gris
 Rogue River Blue(America):   A semi-soft, leaf wrapped, blue made from raw cow’s milk.  Heady, fruity, full  Very creamy, soft  Piquant, fruity, milky
  •  Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Madeira
  • Sauternes
 Roncal (Spain):A   semi-hard, rubbed or wax-coated made from raw sheep’s milk.  Nuts and olive oil  Creamy, olive oil, gently   coating  Rich butter, roasted nuts,   warm olive oil, light fruit
  •  Merlot
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Zinfandel
  • Port
 Roquefort (France):   A semi-soft, blue made from raw cow’s milk.  Piquant, spicy, and earthy  Very creamy and smooth  Piquant butter, earthy tang,   rich and complex
  •  Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Madeira
  • Sauternes
 Saenkaenter(Holland):   A wax-coated Gouda made from cow’s milk.  Candy tones  Crumbly, coating  Intense caramel,   butterscotch
  •  Cognac
 Saint Nectaire(France):   A semi-soft, washed rind made from  cow’s milk.  Mild pungency  Smooth  Rustic fruit and cream
  •  Beaujolais
  • Pinot Noir
 Sainte-Maure De Touraine(France):Soft,   natural and ash rind made from goat’s milk.  Light, earthy and tangy  Smooth and flaky  Piquant lemon, hay, bright   cream and tang
  • Sauvignon Blanc
 Scarmoza (Italy);A    semi-soft, smoked made from cow’s milk.  Smoky  Smooth  Smoky cream
  • Oaked Chardonnay
  • Syrah
 Selles-sur-Cher(France):   A soft, bloomy ash rind made from  goat’s milk.  Light and goaty  Light and smooth, mild coating  Bright tangy, hint of   farmyard
  • Sauvignon Blanc
 Shroshire Blue(England):   A semi-soft blue made from cow’s milk.  Sharp, deep, musty, with   some tang  Smooth as butter  Very complex, fruity tang,   bright, sharp earth tones
  •  Port
  • Madeira
  • Scotch
  • Whiskey
 Smoked Gouda(Various   Producers): A natural rind, Gouda made from cow’s milk.  Smoky tang  Light rubber  Sweet smokiness
  • Sauvignon Blanc
 Sonoma Jack(America):   A semi-soft, rindless made from  cow’s milk.  Mild  Light cream  Mild, creamy
  • Pinot Noir
 Saint Agur (France):   A semi-soft, blue made from cow’s milk.  Fresh, piquant  Creamy  Cream, piquant blue
  • Port
 St. Andre (France):   A soft, bloomy rind made from cow’s milk.  Mild  Very creamy  Full butter
  • Champagne
  • Port
 St. George (America):   A semi-hard, natural rind made from raw cow’s milk.  Lemony tang  Crumbly  Mild, tangy, bright
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
 Stilton, Colston   Bassett (England): A semi-soft, blue, natural rind made from cow’s   milk.  Sharp, deep, musty, with   some tang  Smooth as butter  Very complex, buttery   brightness with sharp earth tones
  • Port
  • Madeira
  • Scotch
  • Whiskey
 Stracchino (Various   coutries): A soft, natural rind made from cow’s milk.  Mild, milky sharpness  Smooth and light  Mild lactic with hay tones   to full fruity tang
  • Chardonnay
  • Kirsch
 Taleggio(Italy): A   semi-soft, washed rind made from cow’s milk.  Pungent and thick  Creamy and smooth  Sharp fruit, salt, meaty
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Barbaresco
  • Barolo
  • Sangiovese
  • Syrah
 Teleme (America):   A soft, rice-flour coated made from cow’s milk.  Mild  Very creamy  Mild creaminess, a hint of   fruit; then a pungent, almost bitter finish
  • Kirsch
 Tete de Moine(Switzerland):   A semi-soft, brushed rind made from cow’s milk.  Bright and lightly pungent,   similar to Swiss cheese  Smooth, lighth  Fruit, nuts, cooked cream
  • Pinot Noir
 Tomme Crayeuse(France):   A soft, floral rind made from cow’s milk.  Mild to full, earthy,   vegetable, and grassy  Smooth with thick coating  Light nuts; soft   butter;earthy mushrooms;long, complex and milky finish
  • Light Pinot Noir
 Tomme de Ma Grand-Mere (France):   A soft, natural rind made from goat’s milk.  Mild pungency  Smooth and creamy  Bright tang, citrus, grassy
  • Chardonnay
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Riesling
  • Beaujolais
  • Syrah
 Tomme de Savoie(France):   A soft, floral rind made from cow’s milk.  Mild to full, earthy,   vegetable, and grassy  Smooth with thick coating  Light nuts, earthy   mushrooms, some brightness on the finish
  • Light Pinot Noir
 Tomme du Levezou(France):   A soft, floral rind made from cow’s milk.  Sharp and milky  Smooth and clean  Lightly nutty and creamy
  • Light Pinot Noir
 Vacherin Fribourgeois (France):   A semi-soft, brushed rind made from raw cow’s milk.  Light to full pungency,   sharp and fruity  Smooth, not coating  Pungent, raw nuts
  • Bordeaux
  • Merlot
  • Riesling
 Vacherin Mont d’Or(France):   A soft, washed rind made from cow’s milk.  Heady and earthy  Silky and smooth  Sauteed mushrooms with an   aromatic kick
  • Champagne
  • Viognier
  • Syrah
 Valdeon (Spain):   A semi-soft, leaf wrapped, blue made from cow’s and goat’s milk.  Tangy, fruity, and salty  Creamy, granular  Powerful fruit, tang,   mustiness, and sharpness
  • Beaujolais
  • full-bodied Chardonnay
 Valencay (France):   A soft, bloomy ash rind made from goat’s milk.  Light tang  Smooth, flaky, and creamy   coating  Flinty tang, lemon, finishes   on light cream
  • Chenin Blancs to Beaujolais
 Vella Dry Jack(America):   A semi-hard, spice rubbed made from cow’s milk.  Bright and tangy  Creamy  Herbal, buttery, mild
  • Sangiovese
  • Zinfandel
 Vlaskaas (Holland   & America): A wax-coated Gouda made from cow’s milk.  Mild  Smooth, almost plastic  Piquant creaminess
  • Chenin Blanc
 Wensleydale(England):   A semi-hard, Cheddar made from cow’s milk.  Butter and cream  Smooth, crumbly, light   coating  Light, creamy butter with   some lemon tang
  • Dry white wines
 Westcombe Cheddar (England);   A semi-hard, bandaged wrapped made from cow’s milk.  Mild  Smooth, crumbly, light   coating  Mild sharpness, salty and   sweet
  • Sauvignon Blanc
 Zamorano(Spain): A   semi-hard, wax-coated made from raw sheep’s milk.  Tangy nuts and butter  Smooth, coating, buttery  Complex nuts and butter,   with a hint of olives
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Syrah
  • Zinfandel
  • Madeira
  • fino sherry