Perfect Pair: The Wine To Your Cheese

Wine and cheese are as legendary a duo as Bonnie and Clyde. But if your pairing goes off, your dinner party can end as tragically as their love story did. Mansi Jasani of The Cheese Collective takes some time away from her love affair with cheese to ensure that nothing comes between this delicious union.

First Things First

If you’re unfamiliar with The Cheese Collective, it’s time you were acquainted. Naturally, we at EatTreat like imported cheeses as much as the next person—ok, maybe even a teeny bit more—but these guys make and curate the dairy delights from around the country (they have a curry leaf cheese!), and are determined to put India on the global cheese map. We picked their brain on wine and cheese pairings, and it’s time you got in on the intel.

Fresh & Soft

To get started, softer cheeses go with light, fruity wines.

Cheese: Chèvre, Feta, Brie, Camembert

Wine: Champagne, Riesling, Moscato, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Lambrusco, Cava

An Indian Pick: Charosa Selections Sauvignon Blanc

Semi Hard

Semi-hard cheeses are usually perfectly paired with medium-bodied ones.

Cheese: Emmental, Gruyère, young Cheddar

Wine: Chardonnay, Viognier, Champagne, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot

An Indian Pick: Grover’s Viognier


Dense, aged cheeses are in a party with complex wines.

Cheese: Aged Gruyère, Grana Padano, Pecorino, Manchego, Parmigiano Reggiano

Wine: Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barolo

An Indian Pick: Indus Cabernet Sauvignon


Blue cheese goes with dessert wines.

Cheese: Stilton, Gorgonzola, Roquefort

Wine: Port, Sauternes, Dessert wines

An Indian Pick: Bellisimo by Big Banyan

If that’s still too much to digest, just play it safe with a sparkling wine–Champagne and Prosecco—that goes perfectly with just about any variant.

By: Hitani Kaur