Cheese Pairings

HOME PAGE WITH WINE WMMB.jpgPlanning a cheese course or cheese tasting event is easy and delicious with some of your favorite Wisconsin Artisan Cheeses from the Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Shop. Pair with the perfect wine or beer!

To learn more about wine and beer pairings, please visit the Wisconsin Cheese Cupid, sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.  An interactive site with some tasty suggestions!

We have also created a pairing guide with the cheeses that we sell!  See the Schoolhouse favorites...


Hard Cheeses

HARD CHEESE.gifHard cheeses like Bandaged Cheddar, Gran Queso, MontAmore´™ and SarVecchio® are best matched with foods that pack an intense flavor punch. Spiced nuts, grilled vegetables, tangy vinegars and cured meats all bring out the sweet, nutty and buttery flavors of these cheeses. Paired with fruity wines like Riesling and Prosecco, Hard cheeses are definitely hard to resist.

Semi-Firm Cheeses

SEMI HARD CHEESE.gifWith a wide variety of flavor profiles, Semi-firm cheeses are often a favorite and include some of the Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Shop selection of: Dunbarton Gold, Pleasant Ridge, Evalon Goat Cheese, and other mixed milk cheeses. We carry Widmer's 10 year Cheddar and Carr Valley's Smoked Applewood Cheddar Cheese, two of Wisconsin's classics. These cheeses are rich and nutty, making it perfectly suited for foods such as fruits, including cranberries and apples. Emmentaler and Gruyere, two favorite Alpine-style cheeses, taste delicious with spicy pestos or rich chocolate. Cheeses such as Big Ed's and Marieka's Goudas, are smooth and buttery, making them suited for the flavors of spicy nuts and peppers. Sparkling ciders and wines along with pale ales, and stout beers blend well with the diverse flavor of semi-firm cheeses.

Semi-Soft Cheeses

SEMI SOFT CHEESE.jpgSemi-soft cheeses are a smorgasbord of flavor - ranging from mild and buttery to earthy and pungent. Favorites such as: Widmer's Aged Brick and Marieke's flavored Goudas, pair well with roasted vegetables like mushrooms and asparagus as well as with sweets that include poached fruit and sugared hazelnuts. Try them with a fruity wine or good lager for the perfect sidekick.

Blue-Veined Cheeses

BLUE CHEESE.gifAder Kase Reserve from Seymour Dairy has one of Wisconsin's well-loved blue-veined cheeses. They are known for their crumbly texture and distinct flavor. Sweet and nutty accompaniments such as fruit, almonds, and spices such as ginger help balance the saltiness of these cheeses. Spicy gin, flavored beers and red wines are bold beverages that bring out Blue-Veined cheeses' intense flavors.

Soft-Ripened Cheeses

SOFT RIPENED CHEESE.jpgSoft-ripened cheeses are snowy-white and delicious at room temperature or served warm out of the oven. These cheeses, including Crave Brothers Petit Frère®, have an earthy, creamy flavor that pairs well with fruits like melon and berries as well as sun-dried tomatoes. Sparkling wine, Pinot Noir and beer infused with fruit, such as a cherry lager, also complement this style of cheese.

Fresh Cheeses

SOFT FRESH CHEESE.jpgMild, rich and creamy, fresh cheeses like Mascarpone, Ricotta and Feta are great for using as a spread or dip. Pairing them with sweet treats like honey and maple syrup is a delicious contrast. Stop by one of the Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Shops to check out the selection of fresh cheeses.  Fruity, floral wines pair well with their creaminess as does the earthy flavor of green tea.



The Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Shop will be glad to assist you in preparing the perfect cheese selections for your next gathering or event.  We can also put together your cheese flight for you!  Please contact us for more information.