Summer Wine and Cheese Party
photo: Alcides Aguasvivas

I know summer is officially over, but truth be told, I’ll use any excuse to make it last a tad bit longer. Enter the perfect reason to do so! Drum roll, please! Host a summer wine and cheese p-a-r-t-a-e!

Yup, you heard correctly. Oh, and yes this takes place in the fall. I’m such a believer that rules are meant to be broken especially if they consist of having fun — lots of fun! 

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Okay, so let’s talk! You probably have bottles of wine sitting at home that still need drinking? Or you aren’t ready to give up your favorite summer wine? Or you just need an excuse to entertain?

So, hosting a party that will keep you nostalgic about those warm, summer nights is just what the doctor ordered! Right?! Of course, it is!

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So, here, my six white wine and cheese combos that will have you gasping for more!

  • Riesling (my fave!) paired with parmesan — The salty bite of the cheese will magically offset the sweetness of the wine. They will play off each other in complete harmony.  
  • Chardonnay paired with mild cheddar — Make sure to buy a medium bodied Chardonnay (it will have more oak tones), which will match the nuttiness of the cheese. 
  • Prosecco paired with Brie  Brie goes with all types of wine (or with everything!), but the creaminess of this cheese paired with the bubbly nature of prosecco is by far one of my favorite combos.
  • Sauvignon Blanc paired with Goat —The tanginess from the goat cheese pairs perfectly with the pungency of the wine. I prefer honey goat cheese for a hint of sweetness! 
  • Hostess Tip: If you’ve never had honey goat cheese, I say you stop reading this immediately (I’ll forgive you!) and run off to your local supermarket to pick some up. I get mine at Trader Joe's, and it is phenomenal!
  • Pinot Grigio paired with fresh mozzarella — The  mild taste of the mozzarella is the ideal counterbalance to the citrus notes of the wine. If you aren’t necessarily a cheese lover, I would say this is your best bet.
  • White Zinfandel paired with manchego — This versatile wine (also known as beginner's wine) offers a burst of fruitiness so a hard, rich cheese like manchego is true perfection!

Need some wine recommendations and where to buy, check out my vino post: Vino for Dummies: What to Know to Drink Wine Like a Pro

Wine and cheese party spread
photo: Alcides Aguasvivas

Also, let’s not forget that any stylish hostess always offers options. So bring on the usual suspects! Besides cheese (of course!), fruits like grapes and dried apricots, bread sticks and/or crackers, nuts like pecans and almonds, cured meats of any kind and yummy salty olives are always welcome!

Now go on, host your very own and the next time you need an excuse (if ever!) come back and scroll through my posts, I promise to get you in the mood to party!

Until next time,


Kathleen Pagan is a Founding Creator and lifestyle blogger. When she's not writing for Vivala, you can find her at