Wine & Cheese Pairings

Wine & Cheese Pairings

Wine Tastings with Cheese

At Weathervane Winery, we believe that there are no hard rules for pairing wines with cheese, just guidelines. The final choice comes from your personal preference. The guidelines we lay out may help you to select a cheese with your fine wine, but we encourage you to experiment and enjoy!

The Perfect Pairing

Whether you’re hosting a party or looking to enjoy a bit of wine and cheese in the comfort of your home, our staff has expertly paired our wines with delicious cheeses. Try out these pairings:

Evening Breeze with Gouda
Gouda is a traditional, creamy, hard cheese. It is round with very smooth, yellow, waxed rind. The flavor is sweet and fruity. As time passes, the taste intensifies and becomes more complex. Mature Gouda (18 months plus) is coated in black wax, which provides a stark contrast to the deep yellow interior. Gouda is considered to be one of the world's great cheeses. It is both a table cheese and a dessert cheese, excellent with fruit and wine. Gouda is now made globally in a style similar to the creation of Edam.

Other suggestions: Monterey Jack, Colby

Cirrus Red with Manchego
Manchego is named for the Spanish region of La Mancha, also home of Don Quixote. This historic cheese is produced in the La Mancha region from pasteurized sheep's milk. Cheeses from Spain are commonly made from sheep's milk because most of the territory is rocky and dry, unfriendly to cows but suitable to raising goats and sheep. The abundance of wild herbs on Central Spain's grazing lands gives Manchego a special taste and aroma. Its flavor is zesty and exuberant while its texture is firm and somewhat dry.

Temperature Rising with Provolone
Provolone is today a whole-milk cow cheese with a smooth skin produced mainly in Northern Italy. Provolone is a semi-hard cheese with taste varying greatly from Provolone Piccante (piquant), aged minimum 4 months and with a very sharp taste, to Provolone Dolce (sweet) with a very mild taste.

Other suggestions: Fontina, Grana Padano, Mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano

Grand Vieux Chateau du Roi with Camembert
Soft and creamy French cheese, made from unpasteurized cow’s milk. The cheese is ripened by the molds penicillium candida and penicillium camemberti for at least three weeks.
Bold flavors that come out strongly when it gets to room temperature. Great with just French bread or a bold red wine.
Other suggestions: Roquefort, Gorgonzola

Stratosphere with Gouda
The sweet and fruity flavors of Gouda complement this wine nicely.

More Suggestions!

Visitors often ask us which cheeses pair best with the wines we feature at our winery. We make the following suggestions:

Pair young, mild, and milky cheeses, such as fresh goat cheese, with light, fruity delicate wines such as our Harvest Moon, Ionosphere or Evening Breeze.

Pair assertive, strong-flavored cheeses, such as provolone, with young, robust red wines like Temperature Rising or Cirrus Red.

Aged mellow cheeses such as parmigiano and gouda pair well with mellow, robust wines such as Grand Vieux Chateau du Roi and Stratosphere.

Strong, pungent cheeses such as Pont l'Eveque or Taleggio complement full-bodied wines such as our Sunset Red or sweet dessert wines such as Placid Peach or Tropical Wave.

Pair soft-ripened cheeses like brie and camembert with a full-flavored white like Harvest Moon or with any of our full-bodied red wines.

For tangy, strong goat or sheep cheeses, try our Cirrus Red.
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