Cheese Facts

Dolce Vita USA® Cheese Descriptions and Wine Pairings

Chevre (Goat Cheese)
Appearance: Creamy white
Flavor: Clean, tangy
Texture: Smooth, creamy
Salads
Spreads
Sauvignon Blanc,
Gewürztraminer

Cream Cheese
Appearance: Creamy white
Flavor: Rich, nutty, slightly sweet
Texture: Smooth, creamy
Spreads / Dips
Soups / Sauces
Casseroles
Baked goods
Fruity wines

Feta
Appearance: Chalk white
Flavor: Tart, salty
Texture: Firm, crumbly
Salads
Casseroles
Stuffing
Sauvignon Blanc,
Rosés

Fresh Mozzarella
Appearance: Creamy white
Flavor: Rich, buttery, slightly sweet
Texture: Smooth, thick, soft, creamy
Italian Dishes
Salads
Pizzas
Appetizers
Light red wines
White wines

Mascarpone
Appearance: Creamy white
Flavor: Rich, buttery, slightly sweet
Texture: Smooth, thick, soft, creamy
Sparkling and fruity

Ricotta
Appearance: Creamy white
Flavor: Mild flavor, hint of sweetness
Texture: Creamy yet slightly grainy curd
White wines –
Sauvignon Blanc,
Chenin BlancName Federal Standard of Identity Popular Uses Wine Pairing

Brie & Camembert
Appearance: Pale ivory
Flavor: Mild to pungent, depending upon age
Texture: Rich, creamy, unctuous
Sparkling wines, Pinot Noir
me Federal Standard of Identity Popular Uses Wine Pairing
Blue

Gorgonzola
Appearance: Creamy ivory with blue/green
Flavor: Full earthy flavor as a result
of the blue mold in the cheese
Texture: Firm, crumbly
Red wines
Port, e Name Federal Standard of Identity Popular Uses Wine Pairing-soft

Edam
Appearance: Pale yellow
Flavor: Smooth, firm
Texture: Rich, buttery, slightly sweet
Syrah, Shiraz

Fontina
Appearance: Pale ivory
Flavor: Slightly tart, tangy, nutty, light earthy flavor
Texture: Smooth, supple with tiny holes, semi-soft
Light red wines –
Germany Beaujolais

Havarti
Appearance: Pale yellow, tiny holes
Flavor: Buttery, creamy, slightly acidic
Texture: Smooth, supple
Fruity wines – Riesling
or Beaujolais Nouveau

Jarlsberg
Appearance: Pale yellow
Flavor: Rich, buttery, nutty, mild, slightly sweet
Texture: Firm, large irregular holes
Red wines – Burgundy,
Merlot

Monterey Jack
Appearance: Natural, creamy white
Flavor: Delicate, buttery, slight tartness
Texture: Semi-soft, creamy
Soups
Sauces
Sandwiches
Pizzas
Fruity wines – Riesling,
Colombard or Rhine

Mozzarella
Appearance: Creamy white, smooth
Flavor: Mild, delicate, milky
Texture: Smooth, supple
Light red wines –
Chianti e Name Federal Standard of Identity Popular Uses Wine Pairing / Hard
Asiago
Appearance: Pale yellow
Flavor: Fresh – Clean, mild; Medium – More intense;
Aged – Buttery, nutty – similar to Parmesan
Texture: Fresh – Firm but soft; Medium – Firm,
Gewürztraminer;
Cabernet Franc, Pinot

Cheddar
Appearance: Golden
Flavor: Rich, nutty, creamy, sharpens with age
Texture: Smooth, firm, granular with age
Red wines – Zinfandel

Gruyere
Appearance: Pale, ivory-yellow, natural brown
washed rind
Flavor: Nutty, rich, sweet, full-bodied
Texture: Firm; a few small eyes
Sauvignon Blanc,
Gewürztraminer

Manchego
Appearance: Creamy white to pale yellow
Flavor: Rich and mellow, salty
Texture: Hard rind with firm interior
Table Cheese
Cooking Cheese
Snacks
Desserts
Red wines – Cabernet
Sauvignons, Chianti,
Sangiovese

Parmesan
Appearance: straw yellow interior
Flavor: full and fruity with a salty tang
Texture: grainy, flaky
Chianti
Barolo
Cabernet Sauvignonese Name Federal Standard of Identity Popular Uses Wine Pairing

Romano
Appearance: Creamy white
Flavor: Salty, nutty
Texture: Hard granular
Pasta Dishes
Top Vegetables
Sangiovese

Dolce Vita USA® cookbook has many recipes that use the ingredient cheese. It is always fun to host a wine and cheese pairing party for a group of friends. Hope this guide wine and cheese pairing list helps you out.

Mangia Mangia

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