Food & Wine Matching: Cheese
Overall Winner: Chardonnay
A cheese board is a complete minefield where wine is concerned but White wines generally fare better than Reds. There is no real sure fire winner here but a rich full-bodied Chardonnay will go with more types of cheeses than most wines. It is actually much better to serve just one or two great cheeses with a well-matched wine than a big cheese selection.
Roquefort: Sauternes or Barsac
These are two of the food and wine matches made in heaven.
Cambozola: Tokaji Aszú
Mild creamy cheeses like Cambozola work quite well with a Tokaji Aszú or other sweet wines.
Cheddar, Red Leicester, Gruyere, Parmesan and Manchego: Medium to Full-Bodied Dry Reds
Hard cheeses probably fare better with Red wines than any other type of cheese. For Cheddar, Red Leicester, Gruyere, Parmesan and Manchego, medium to full-bodied dry Reds like mature Red Bordeaux or even a mature Rioja work as would a rich, full-bodied Chardonnay such as White Burgundy.
Mimolette is the perfect partner to Red Bordeaux.
Smoked Cheese: Alsace Gewurztraminer
Smoked Cheese is very difficult to match, try an Alsace Gewurztraminer.
Camembert or Chaumes: Red Burgundy
Mouth-coating soft cheeses are very problematical with Red wines. However both Camembert and Chaumes work fine with a Red Burgundy or a ripe Pomerol or St. Emilion wines.
Brie: White Burgundy
For Brie choose a rich White Burgundy and a steely Chablis for Chaource.