The Ultimate Cheese Pairing Guide

The Ultimate Cheese Pairing Guide

Wondering which foods, wines or beers go best with your favorite types of cheese? We’re here to help. Start by choosing a category below.

Charcuterie & Cheese

Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Chorizo

Seriously Sharp’s bold flavor and texture is a perfect match for the spicy, smoky taste of chorizo.

Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Ham

Extra Sharp Cheddar’s citrusy tang cuts through the salty sweetness of ham for a luscious combination.

Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar Cheese & Salami

Farmhouse Reserve's rich flavor and slight crumble is complemented by the spicy, slightly fatty texture of salami.

White Oak Cheddar Cheese & Prosciutto

White Oak’s subtle sweetness and smooth texture nicely balances a salty, full-flavored Prosciutto.

Pepper Jack Cheese & Capicola

Pepper Jack’s subtle heat and creamy texture contrasts the slight fattiness of Capicola.

Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Pepperoni

Sharp Cheddar and Pepperoni

Vermont Sharp Cheddar pairs especially well with the earthy flavor of Italian salami. Serve with crackers as a party appetizer.

Fruit & Cheese

Habanero Cheddar Cheese & Mango

Habanero and Mango

The gentle and sweet acidity of mango goes great with Habanero Cheddar. Try the mango plain or in a salsa or relish.

White Oak Cheddar Cheese & Grapes

White Oak and Grapes

For a quick and easy snack or appetizer for any event, serve White Oak Cheddar on a cracker with grapes.

Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Plums

Sharp Cheddar and Plums

Vermont Sharp Cheddar's slight acidity and buttery tang pairs well with the juicy sweetness of plums.

Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Pears

Extra Sharp Cheddar’s citrusy tang is the ideal companion for the sweet tender juiciness of pears.

Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Peaches

Seriously Sharp’s bold flavor is the perfect complement for the slightly tart sweetness of peaches.

Lite50 Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Strawberries

Lite50 Sharp Cheddar’s creamy, savory flavor is the perfect match for the tangy sweetness of ripe strawberries. Learn more about fruit and cheese pairings here!

Herbs & Cheese

Pepper Jack Cheese & Oregano

Pepper Jack and Oregano

Pepper Jack combines beautifully with the earthy, bitter notes of oregano. Serve with fresh vegetables for a tasty snack!

Alpine Cheddar Cheese & Thyme

Alpine Cheddar and Thyme

Alpine Cheddar’s swiss-inspired flavor is accented perfectly by thyme’s gentle earthiness and subtle citrus.

Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Sage

Seriously Sharp and Sage

Seriously Sharp’s complexity and slight nuttiness pairs well with the savory, pine-like flavors of sage.

Monterey Jack Cheese & Dill

Monterey Jack’s creamy mild nature pairs well with the slightly bitter, herbaceous flavor of dill.

Lite50 Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Garlic

Lite50 Sharp Cheddar’s creamy texture and buttery mouthfeel is a perfect match for the strong, pungent flavors of garlic.

Horseradish Cheddar Cheese & Rosemary

Horseradish Cheddar’s intense flavor and luscious creaminess is accented by the slightly minty, peppery taste of rosemary. Click here for more herb and cheese pairings!

Nuts & Cheese

Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar Cheese & Pistachios

Farmhouse Reserve and Pistachios

Farmhouse Reserve’s mellow richness is perfect when served with robust, earthy pistachios.

Monterey Jack Cheese & Pecans

Monterey Jack and Pecans

The natural sweetness of pecans wonderfully complements the saltiness of Monterey Jack. Enjoy this pairing for a healthy snack!

Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Almonds

Cheddar and Almonds

For a quick and portable snack that's satisfying, try pairing almonds, apples, and Extra Sharp Cheddar.

Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Peanuts

Serve Vermont Sharp Cheddar with peanuts for a smooth and nutty pairing as part of a cheese board or on a cracker!

Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Cashews

Try serving Seriously Sharp Cheddar with cashews to add a buttery, salty crunch to your cheese board or party!

Lite50 Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Walnuts

Lite50 Sharp Cheddar’s creamy texture and buttery flavor is enhanced by the savory taste and smoothness of walnuts. Click here for more tasty cheese and nut pairings.

Spreads & Cheese

Alpine Cheddar Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar

Alpine Cheddar and Balsamic Vinegar

Alpine Cheddar’s swiss-inspired flavor and slightly crumbly texture are complemented perfectly by the sharp fruity tang of balsamic vinegar.

Habanero Cheddar Cheese & Maple Syrup

Habanero Cheddar and Maple Syrup

Habanero’s intense spiciness is offset by the caramelized sweetness of maple syrup.

Pepper Jack Cheese & Raspberry Jelly

Pepper Jack and Raspberry Jam

Pepper Jack’s subtle heat and creamy texture melds perfectly with the sweetness of raspberry jelly.

Farmhouse Reserve & Blackberry Jam

Farmhouse Reserve’s rich, mellow flavor is balanced perfectly by the tart sweetness of Blackberry Jam.

Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Dijon Mustard

Seriously Sharp’s complexity and slight nuttiness stands up to the robust tangy flavor of Dijon Mustard.

Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Caramel

Pair cheddar and caramel for a sweet twist on a classic cheese. It’s excellent on a cracker with figs or your favorite fruit. Click here for more cheese and spreads pairings.

Wine & Cheese

Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabot Extra Sharp and Cabernet Pairing

A savory, fruity Cabernet Sauvignon goes great with cheddar cheese for a sophisticated party or a night in with friends.

Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Merlot

Cabot Extra Sharp and Merlot Pairing

The dry and dark fruity or herbal characteristics of a classic Merlot combine seamlessly with sharp and tangy cheeses.

Founders' Collection: Private Stock Cheddar Cheese & Malbec

Cabot Private Stock and Malbec Pairing

Malbec, made from strong, fruity, dark grapes, stands tall against the deep and robust flavors of vintage and reserve cheeses.

Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Zinfandel

Cabot Seriously Sharp and Zinfandel Pairing

Versatile Zinfandel with blackberry and peppery qualities make it a go-to choice for a taste adventure when paired with seriously sharp cheddar cheese.

Garlic Herb Cheddar Cheese & Sangiovese & Chianti

Cabot Garlic Herb and Chianti Pairing

Italian wine paired with cheeses like Garlic & Herb Cheddar embrace the flavors of Tuscany.

Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Red Blend

Cabot Seriously Sharp and Red Blend Pairing

Medium-bodied red blends pair nicely with a range of flavors, smoky or sharp. We like it with Seriously Sharp Cheddar.

Founders' Collection: Private Stock Cheddar Cheese & Syrah

Cabot Private Stock and Syrah Pairing

An intense, dry Syrah loves the sturdiness of a sharper, aged cheese like Private Stock Cheddar.

Colby Jack Cheese & Chardonnay

Cabot Colby Jack and Chardonnay Pairing

A fresh and fruity Chardonnay is a heavenly match for milder cheese varieties, enhancing the creaminess of Colby Jack cheese with just the right whisper of sweet.

Monterey Jack Cheese & Sauvignon Blanc

Cabot Monterey Jack and Wine Pairing

A bright, light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc with hints of citrus will never overpower the freshness and milder qualities of a Monterey Jack cheese.

Mild Cheddar Cheese & Pinot Grigio

Cabot Mild Cheddar and Pinot Grigio Pairing

The higher acidity of a Pinot Grigio pairs beautifully with creamy, milder cheese.

Pepper Jack Cheese & Moscato

Cabot Pepper Jack and Moscato Pairing

The playful sweet and fruity flavors of a Moscato flirts with smooth and flavorful and spicy cheeses like Cabot Pepper Jack.

Habanero Cheddar Cheese & Riesling

Cabot Habanero and Riesling Pairing

The combination of acid, sugars and fruit of a Riesling nicely offset zestier, spicier cheeses.

Pepper Jack Cheese & White Blend

Cabot Pepper Jack and White Blend Pairing

Try a bright white blend with more complex and flavorful foods like a spicier Pepper Jack cheese.

Monterey Jack Cheese & Champagne

Cabot Monterey Jack and Champagne Pairing

A dry to off-dry sparkling wine or Champagne is delightful with Monterey Jack Cheese.

Colby Jack & Sweet Rosé

Cabot Colby Jack and Sweet Rose Pairing

The sugars in a sweet rose are the perfect complement to full-flavored or spicy cheeses.

Mild Cheddar Cheese & Dry Rosé

Cabot Mild Cheddar and Dry Rose Pairing

The bright, fruit flavors and acidity in a drier rosé makes it a versatile pairing choice for mild cheddar cheese. Click here for our complete wine & cheese pairing guide.

Beer & Cheese

Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Lager

This sharp, yet smooth and approachable cheddar pairs just right with a malt-forward, easy-drinking lager for a refreshing combo.

Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Pale Ale

The classic bite of this bold, naturally-aged cheddar plays well with the light body and subtle spicy hop notes of a pale ale.

Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese & IPA

Pair cheddar with the bitter, citrusy notes of an IPA at a game day party or a picnic.

Founders' Collection: Private Stock Cheddar Cheese & Hard Cider

Private Stock cheddars bold, distinct flavors is perfectly cut and balanced by the cider’s hoppy sweetness.

White Oak Cheddar Cheese & Amber Ale

Subtly sweet, and the smoothest of our Legacy Collection, this cheese balances perfectly with the malty, caramel notes of an amber ale.

Alpine Cheddar Cheese & Lager

Nutty and smooth, this unique cheese pairs nicely with a lighter pilsner or lager that brings refreshing bite to the cheese’s creamy texture.

Pepper Jack Cheese & Stout

The spicy kick in these cheeses balances perfectly with the smooth, toasted malt notes of darker, full-bodied beers like porters, stouts, and smoked beers.

Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar Cheese & Gose

The classic sharp cheddar flavor and slightly crumbly body of this Legacy Collection cheese lay the ideal foundation for the tang and pucker of a sour or gose. Click here for more beer and cheese pairings.

Vegetables & Cheese

Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Eggplant

Extra Sharp’s citrusy tang perfectly complements the cool flavor and mild acidity of eggplant.

Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar Cheese & Pickled Radishes

Farmhouse Reserve’s sharp sophistication pairs perfectly with vibrant, tangy pickled radishes.

Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Roasted Red Peppers

Farmhouse Reserve’s sharp sophistication pairs perfectly with vibrant, tangy pickled radishes.

Lite50 Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Portobello

Lite50 Sharp Cheddar’s creamy smoothness is pure heaven paired with the earthy meatiness of Portobellos.

Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Sun Dried Tomatoes

Seriously Sharp’s bold flavor is the perfect match for the intensely sweet tanginess of sun-dried tomatoes.

Monterey Jack Cheese & Kimchi

Pair Kimchi with Monterey Jack on a cracker for an appetizer with a perfectly sour and spicy kick. Click here for more cheese and veggie pairings.

Our comprehensive cheese pairing guide was created so you can find the ultimate cheese pairings again and again. Whether you’re looking for a variety of pairings for an upcoming tasting party or are in need of one perfect match for a cozy night in with your significant other, you’ll find it here.

Festive Flavors Cheese BoardFestive Flavors Cheese Board

Enjoy this quick and easy cheese board as a snack or for dinner!

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