Crisp white wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Champagne, along with lighter reds such as Beaujolais and Pinot Noir, pair best with Brie Cheese. However, most wines will go along just fine with this creamy cheese. There is a famous phrase with wine that states ‘buy on apples, sell on cheese’, as the tannin in cheese smooths out the wine and eliminates any flaws in the wine. Since Brie is rarely served on its own, our choices below reflect the best wines with Brie but will go well with other things that may accompany Brie cheese served at a cocktail party or on an after-dinner cheese board.
Sparkling Wine & Brie Cheese Pairing
The ultimate sparkling wine with Brie Cheese is Blanc de Blancs Champagne from the Champagne region of France. Champagne is a sparkling wine made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes and is excellent with creamy and earthy foods, like Brie. The bubbles in your Champagne scrub your mouth clean of all the cheese fats and proteins, and the acidity in Champagne draws out the fruity, earthy, nutty, and grassy flavours found in the cheese.
If Champagne isn’t in your budget, reach for a more affordable sparkling wine like Prosecco. Search for a Brut Prosecco which means it is extra dry. The more sweet a wine is, the less acidity it tends to have, which means it won’t jive as well with a creamy Brie Cheese. Champagne, or any dry sparkling wine, also sets the mood if your brie is served as an hors d’vour.
Sauvignon Blanc & Brie Cheese Pairing
Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp white wine that has flavours of grapefruit, grass and green herbs. The grassy notes complement the grass flavours found in Brie, and the tangy grapefruit flavours of the wine complement the tangy fruitiness found in Brie cheese. Meanwhile, the acidity of the wine helps sharpen the earthy, nutty and fruity flavours of the Brie.
Grenache Blanc & Brie Cheese Pairing
Grenache Blanc is a full-bodied white wine that delivers toasty, creamy flavours, along with notes of dill, green apple, lime zest and pear. The creamy body of Grenache Blanc complements the texture of the Brie cheese, while the green apple, pear and lime zest mingle with the subtle fruity flavours of the Brie cheese. Finally, toasty notes of Grenache blanc are right at home with the nuttier aspect of Brie Cheese.
Beaujolais & Brie Cheese Pairing
Beaujolais is a light and fruity red wine that exceptional with Brie as the wine has a subtle earthiness that runs amongst its waves. The earthiness of the wine picks up on the tangy funkiness of the cheese, and the acidity in Beaujolais sharpens the nutty and grassy flavours of the cheese. As this red wine is light, fruity, and low in alcohol, Beaujolais is a fantastic red wine to serve if you are dining on Brie at lunch time, or during a cocktail reception.
Beaujolais Cru is a more expensive variant of Beaujolais with a deeper earthiness while still retaining the loveable fruitiness you’ve come to expect from Beaujolais. Beaujolais Cru makes for a better pairing with Brie cheese, but as it is more costly, it’s best reserved for intimate dinners.
Pinot Noir & Brie Cheese Pairing
To many, Brie cheese has an earthy funk to it that reminds people of mushrooms. Pinot Noir, while light and fruity, also has an earthy quality that complements the mushroomy nature of Brie cheese. Pinot Noir leans towards the acidic side of wine, so the wine helps cleanse your palate in between bites. Otherwise, your taste buds would become saturated with proteins and fats of the cheese, dulling your sense of taste.
Aside from its mushroom or forest floor notes, Pinot Noir tastes like fresh strawberries and cranberries, making it an excellent wine to enjoy after dinner with a platter of cheese and mixed berries.
As mentioned above, you could go with a heavier red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Barolo, or Shiraz to pair with Brie, and it would taste exceptional. In this instance, the cheese would soften the tannin in the red wine, making for a smooth drinking experience. These full-bodied wines are more suitable for a meal where Brie cheese is served as an after-dinner finisher. Which is to say that these wines would be enjoyed first with a meal where the remainder of the bottle could be finished off with a cheese platter while discussions of how you are going to solve the world’s problems are in full debate.