Cheese and crackers on a board

Cheese Pairing 101

Grazing board

Nothing is more satisfying and delicious than enjoying a graze board filled with slices of your favorite cheeses paired with their complementing food or beverage.

Though the years, we have been enjoying these combos and are learning the best matches we could possibly come up. We’re now sharing with you these time-tested pairings so you can make the most of your grazing experience.


Rich, sharp, peppery

Best with crackers, honey, sausage, chorizo, salami, apple, grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot



Rich, creamy, earthy

Best with green apple, dried fruit, Chardonnay, Champagne, Pinot Noir



Intense, creamy, decadent

Best with plain crackers, almond, apple, French baguette, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Pinot Noir



Salty, nutty, granular

Best with olives, prosciutto


Bleu Cheese

Creamy, salty, slightly earthy

Best with cashew, pears, Sherry, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling



Smooth, sweet, flavorful, aromatic

Best with pecans, apple, grapes, olives, salami, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot


Goat Cheese

Soft, light, creamy

Best with walnut, French bread, crackers, grapes, strawberries, olives, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé



Smooth, mild, buttery

Best with apple, raisins, walnut, turkey ham, prosciutto, bread, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot



Smooth, mild, buttery

Best with cornichons, salami


Tell us what you think about these pairings. Or better yet, share your favorite matches in the Comments section. Email us at for article suggestions.

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