Posted: 08/04/2023 | by Tori

Lancaster County Cheese and Wine Pairings

We challenged our taste buds and rounded up five fantastic wine and cheese pairings.

Not many things go better together than cheese and wine.

Creamy, hard, tangy or mellow cheese can be paired perfectly with wines – from white to red or in between with a rosé. - matching a cheese found or made locally with a wine, crafted at a Lancaster County vineyard.

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Chèvre & Sauvignon Blanc

Creamy, spreadable goat cheese, Chèvre, found at Linden Dale Farm's stand at Lancaster Central Market paired with the award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from Waltz Vineyard.

The chèvre is fresh and locally made and can be spread on crackers or raw veggies. Waltz’s Sauvignon Blanc is a dry white wine with notes of green apple, citrus, and honeysuckle. The crispness of this wine pairs well with the rich, creaminess of the chèvre.

Mozzarella & Pinot Gris

We’ve paired a creamy, mild fresh mozzarella with a crisp Pinot Gris. The mozzarella, a classic Italian cheese, was found at Delgiorno’s Italian Specialties at Lancaster Central Market. The freshness pairs well with Weathered Vineyard’s Pinot Gris, a fruity white wine with citrus, pear, white nectarine, and apple notes. The fresh cheese paired with the fruity wine is a match made in heaven.

Smoked Gouda and Chardonnay

Jakes smoked gouda from September Cheese Farm and chardonnay from Deerfoot Downtown offers a magical pairing. The smoked farmhouse gouda has a smooth, oak-smoked flavor. Aged for a minimum of 60 days. The chardonnay goes through a secondary fermentation which helps give it it's signature buttery palate. Lightly oaked and delightfully fresh, this wine surprises a lot of folks and often goes home with people who don't usually get down with Chardonnay.

Honey Brook Jack & Merlot

Featuring a locally made Monterey Jack cheese from September Farm Cheese and merlot with moxie from Nissley Vineyards (Pick up your wine at their winery OR one of their other tasting rooms: Nissley Wine Shop at Rockvale Outlets or Nissley Vineyards Wine Shop & Tasting Room) . Enjoy this fresh, mild cheese is made in Honey Brook with dairy from the neighboring farm. If you’re a fan of dry, medium-bodied Merlots, Nissley’s is for you. With hints of black pepper, the wine goes well with the tasty, mild cheese.

Smoked Gouda & Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

A classic smoked Gouda from S Clyde Weaver, offers a nutty, smoky flavor. This semi-hard cheese is perfect for snacking while sipping on the Vineyard at Hershey’s red-blend, Firefly. An artful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine is full-bodied with notes of plum, currant, and spice. The warm finish of the wine pairs well with the smokiness of the cheese.

Balsamic Fig White Cheddar & Cabernet Sauvignon

Hand-rubbed with balsamic from Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom and figs, this cheese from Lancaster Farmhouse from Lancaster Central Market is a party for your taste buds.
A cheese like this deserves a rich wine. The Vineyard at Grandview’s Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine aged in oak barrels, with notes of red fruit and spice.

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