Holiday Wine and Cheese Pairings

Nothing kicks off a holiday gathering better than a delicious spread of cheeses paired perfectly with festive fine wines. The first step to building the perfect selection of wines and cheeses is to determine which types of cheese you want to serve. From soft-ripened, to Alpine-Style to Hard-Aged, the options in Heinen’s Cheese Department are truly endless! Once you choose your cheese, it’s time to find the wine with a complimentary taste profile.

Not sure of the perfect pairs? No Problem! Our wine and cheese experts have created a guide to holiday cheese and wine pairings to make your holiday entertaining simple and delicious. Discover their recommendations and impress your guests with a delicious spread of perfectly paired sips and bites this holiday season!

For more guidance, ask your Heinen’s cheese and wine associates for recommendations!

Wine and Cheese Pairings for Holiday Entertaining

Pairing #1: Soft-Ripened Cheeses, Salty Charcuterie and Pâtés + Dry, Crisp Sparkling Wines


  • Heinen’s French Brie
  • Heinen’s Hand Selected Le Rondelaine Brebis
  • Tulip Tree Trillium
  • Vermont Creamery Bonne Bouche
  • Jasper Hill Harbison
  • Camembert 3 Latte
  • Affidelice Chaource
  • Pierre Robert
  • Saint Angel
  • Delice de Bourgogne
  • Prosciutto
  • Speck
  • Bresaola
  • Schaller & Weber pâtés

Wine: Lambert Sparkling, Barossa Valley, Australia

Pairing #2: Washed Rind Cheeses + Dry or Sweet Rieslings, Gewürztraminer Wines and Hard Ciders


  • Tulip Tree Foxglove
  • Gerome Haxaire Muenster
  • Limburger
  • Grayson
  • Widmer’s Aged Brick

Wine: Dr. L Riesling, Germany

Artisan Cheese Board and Wine

Pairing #3:  Washed Rind Cheeses + Dry Red and White Wines


  • Taleggio
  • Epoisses
  • Graindorge Camembert au Calvados
  • Beillevaire Tomme de Chevre au Muscadet
  • Ubriaco Secco

Wine: Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, California

Pairing #4: Alpine & Alpine-Style Cheeses + Full Bodied Red and White Wines


  • Jacobs & Brichford Everton
  • Briana
  • Beillevaire Comté BIO 10-12 Month or 30-36 Month
  • Challerhocker
  • Rahmtaler
  • Gruyere
  • Alp Blossom
  • Beillevaire Raclette de Montagne
  • Hornbacher

Wine: Panthera Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Holiday Cheese Board with Blue Cheese

Pairing #5: Blue Cheeses + Bold Red Wines, Ruby and Tawny Ports, Sauternes, Sweet Dessert Wines


  • BLU 61 (Limited holiday item)
  • Gabriel Coulet Roquefort
  • Tulip Tree Chicory
  • Champignon Grand Noir
  • Champignon Cambozola Blue
  • Buttermilk Blue
  • Maytag Blue
  • Point Reyes Farmstead AND Bay Blue
  • Italian Gorgonzola Dolce and Mountain
  • Heinen’s Hand Selected Gorgonzola
  • Alta Langa Blu di Langa
  • Valdeon Spanish Blue, Webster’s Stilton

Wine: Mad Hatter by Dancing Hares, Napa Valley

Pairing #6: Hard-Aged Cheeses and Cured Charcuterie + Bold Red Wines


  • Heinen’s Hand Selected 24 Month Imported Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Heinen’s Hand Selected 9 Year Cheddar
  • Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve

Wine: Trefethen “Dragon’s Tooth” Malbec Blend, Napa Valley


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