Goat Cheese Wine Pairing: Top Picks for a Taste Sensation!

Pairing wine with cheese is not always an easy task. It can be difficult to know which wines will pair well, and it often takes time and experimentation to find the right match. 

To help get your started, we created a Goat Cheese Wine Pairing Guide to help you find a perfect wine that pairs wonderfully with soft, tangy goat cheeses from around the world!

In this article, we explore a number of different regions including:

  • The Loire Valley in France (where some of the best goat cheeses and wines are produced)
  • Washington and California, USA (where boutique wines and goat cheese farms are changing the food and drink industry)
  • The Aegean islands of Greece (where clean, crisp, and refreshing wines have been around for centuries)
  • The plains of Spain (where ancient vines still produce some of the world’s best wines)

Get ready to pair your favorite glass of wine with goat cheese for a delicious taste sensation. You’ll love the way they interact!

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What is goat cheese?

A goat cheese wine pairing should begin with a broader understanding of goat cheese and its different varieties.

Goat cheese is a curd cheese made from milk that has been obtained from the milk of goats. It is allowed to form semi-solid, or sometimes firm, mass during production. The type of goat cheese that is usually consumed in the United States is soft.

What is the difference between goat cheese and cow cheese? For one, in the U.S. cow cheese is much more common. The cheese section in the grocery store is full of cow cheese varieties. Secondly, cow cheese is milder and has a firm texture; whereas, goat cheese is softer, spreadable, and tangy with a sharp bite. 

Other key characteristics and fun facts about goat cheese:

  • Goat cheese is a dairy product that lactose intolerant people can enjoy without difficulty. Modern science has shown goat’s milk to be easily digested and the result being no gastric discomfort for most patients with this condition. 
  • Fresh coat cheese never has a rind.
  • As goat cheese ages, it grows firmer but never hardens. Instead, it becomes crumbly. 
  • Goat cheese has fewer calories but more minerals and vitamins than most cow cheeses, such as cheddar.
  • Per pound of food fed (as compared to cows), goats produce more milk. 
  • Goats are more earth friendly than cows. Goats can graze almost anywhere, including “marginal” areas where cows can’t go. Goats get rid of harmful weeds. They are more water efficient.

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Manchego Cheese Wine Pairing

What are the best goat cheese wine pairings?

Yes, finding the best goat cheese can be difficult because there are so many different types out there. But isn’t that what makes it fun? You get to taste a whole bunch of delicious cheeses and find your favorite!

The first step in creating a goat cheese wine pairing is to ask yourself what you like. Do you prefer a milder taste, or would your preference be for something with more of an exotic flavor?

The most difficult part about selecting the perfect type of goat cheese may well come down to balancing between texture and intensity. Some people might want a soft spreadable consistency while others enjoy sharp chunks on their crackers. Whatever kind suits your fancy, seeking out new styles can’t hurt!

3 Wine Pairings for a Famous French Goat Cheese

Chevre is one of the oldest known goat cheeses in the world – traditional versions were made by nomadic shepherds over 7000 years ago! This soft, spreadable French cheese has been prized for centuries because it’s so easy to digest compared to some other dairy products like hard cheeses.

Chevre can be made from whole, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk. The type of milk used affects the flavor and texture of chevre: for example, a whole milks gives chevres more creaminess while semi-skimmed or skimmed varieties are drier in taste but still creamy. Chevre is often served with fresh fruit and bread – it’s also great as an appetizer spread on crackers or crostinis!

Our top picks for wines to pair with Chevre goat cheese is based on terroir. In other words, what grows together, goes together. In this case, a Sauvignon Blanc. 

Both the Loire Valley in France and California are home to incredibly delicious goat cheeses. They also happen to produce some of the world’s best white wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, which is one of the most recommended choices for a goat cheese wine pairing.

Wines to Pair with Chevre

Pastou Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2020Tasting Notes: This Sauvignon Blanc comes alive with aromas of chalk and lemon blossoms.

A mouthful reveals a blast of freshly squeezed citrus that dances around on your tongue before finishing off with hints of sea-salt and tanginess in the aftertaste.
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Le Petit Silex Sancerre 2019Tasting Notes: This delightful Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of citrus, apple and gooseberry flavors with hints of passion fruit. Young wine enthusiasts would be inclined to find this Sancerre an incredible value for its vivid freshness and lively aromatics.

The purity in the taste coupled with notes reminiscent of flowers make it perfect as an accompaniment at any time or place!
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Honig Sauvignon Blanc 2019Tasting Notes: This Sauvignon Blanc from California’s North Coast has a bright, crisp and fresh flavor. After you take the first sip of this wine your mouth is immediately filled with peaches, lemon curd and white grapefruit flavors.

The taste finishes off light but full enough to leave an enjoyable lingering aftertaste in your mouth from all these great tasting fruits that were blended into this California classic

2 types of Greek wines to pair with feta goat cheese

Feta is a type of cheese that originated in Greece thousands of years ago. It’s made from sheep and goat milk. Here in the US, the Vermont Creamery’s feta is made from goat cheese. As they say, “Go for the goat!”

The most common varieties are white or yellow, but there are also types such as oak-aged Feta. A popular way to eat feta is on a Greek salad (though it can be paired with many other dishes).

The citrus notes in a Greek wine make it a perfect goat cheese wine pairing with the smooth, mild flavors of goat cheese feta, which often finishes with a hint of lemon. 

We recommend two types of Greek wines for a pairing with feta cheese: Moschofilero and Assyrtiko.

Moschofilero is a wine made from the white grape of Greek origins and with pink/purple skin. It has been traditionally grown in Peloponnese, where it can be used to make a dry and bold variety that features strong flavor notes full of spice as well as perfume hints. 

Moschofilero’s bouquet often includes rose garden aromas which are both heady but sweet at once – making this an ideal choice for those who enjoy wines bursting with aroma!

Best Picks for Moschofilero Wines

Boutari Moschofilero 2019Tasting Notes: The 2019 Boutari Moschofilero is refreshing and easy-drinking with a crisp taste. You’ll find hints of citrus, melon, apricot and peach – all in one glass! This wine’s bold yet delicate flavors are sure to please anyone who tries them.

The Boutari Moschofilero wine features long aftertastes that are full of orange blossom notes as well as grapefruit flavors for the perfect refreshing summer drink and a goat cheese wine pairing.
2019 Troupis Winery Moschofilero FteriTasting Notes: Troupis Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Greece, dating back to 1827.

The 2019 Troupis Moschofilero Fteri combines floral notes with citrus fruit and a hint of rose for flavor that will please any wine enthusiast’s palette!

One of the most important wines in Greece, Assyrtiko is a dry white wine that hails from Santorini and made with grapes grown on volcanic soil. Assyrtiko vineyards can now be found through the Aegean islands. It was the first Greek grape varietal planted for commercial wine purposes in other countries, including Australia.

Best Picks for Assyrtiko Wines

Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini 2019Tasting Notes: The 2019 Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini is a pale straw blonde with shades of green. It has an aroma that reminds one faintly of citrus fruit and the taste goes down smoothly, leaving you wanting more.

This wine also leaves your mouth feeling fresh because it’s got just enough acidity to refresh without being overpowering like other wines can be sometimes.
Biblia Chora Areti 2018Tasting Notes: The Biblia Chora Areti 2018 is on the lighter side of white wines, with a balance between alcohol and acidity. Composed primarily from Assyrtiko grapes cultivated in limestone-rich soil near Ambeliá that are known for their lemon citrus aromas blended nicely to create complex flavors reminiscent of mineral and metallic notes.

The wine has an almost creamy texture as it flows over your tongue, leaving behind long lasting minerality – just like any good Greek white should do!
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The All-Around Crowd Pleaser: Gouda Goat Cheese Wine Pairing

The creamy, soft texture and mild flavor of a young goat gouda cheese is a good way to introduce a reluctant taster to goat cheeses. Yes, goat’s milk adds a slight tang to any cheese, but goat gouda can be quite smooth and absent the jolting tang. 

The first U.S. cheesemaker to offer a Dutch-style goat gouda to the American market is the Central Coast Creamery in Paso Robles, California. Their goat gouda has a sweet and slightly nutty flavor with a caramel scent.You’ll find more goat cheeses in the Goat Cheese Wine Pairing sections that follow.

A Syrah is well suited to a young goat gouda, but for the caramelized, butterscotch sweet crunchy texture of an aged gouda – my personal favorite – pair with a Zinfandel.

Syrah Wine Parings for Gouda (Goat) Cheese

Pursued by Bear Baby Bear Syrah 2017Tasting Notes: The boutique Washington Winery Pursued by Bear is a must for any wine lover. They produce the 2017 Baby Bear Syrah, with its deep color of intense boysenberry and blueberries that are complemented nicely by delicate olive tapenade flavors as well as freshly cracked black pepper hints on the palate.

The texture is beautifully refined to leave you wanting more in each sip while vibrant acidity offers an amazing finish long after your last taste!
Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2017Tasting Notes: Mullineux Family Wines is a small, highly focused family winery based in the South African village of Riebeek Kasteel producing wines from the granite and shale based terroirs.

Their 2017 Syrah has notes of spicy citrus rind, refined black fruit, violets and lilies balanced by a fresh natural acidity that can be tasted on its length finish with supple tannins.

Zinfandel Wine Pairings for Gouda (Goat) Cheese

Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2017Tasting Notes: This medium ruby colored 2017 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel has a heady aroma of spiced peaches, warm raspberries, blueberries and potpourri with notes of cinnamon.

Its palate is full-bodied but soft – the perfect match for its juicy acidity. The wine’s finish lingers on your tongue without being bitter or sour; it leaves you feeling pleasantly satisfied after every sip!
Artesana Tannat Merlot Zinfandel 2017Tasting Notes: The 2017 Artesana Tannat Merlot Zinfandel is balanced, complex and elegant. It has aromas of black fruit and blueberry jam with subtle floral notes on a background of cedar or toasted oak when tasting it. 

The wine was made by a single-vineyard winery that uses the highest quality grapes from their vineyards in Uruguay’s Canelones region, which produces distinctive wines that showcase Uruguayan terroir with its signature varietal – the Tannat grape.

Drunken Goat Cheese Wine Pairing

Wine pairing for drunken goat cheese is a difficult task because of the wide range of flavors and textures that are present in the wine. Ideally a wine should complement or contrast with the flavors of the cheese in order for it to be considered a good pairing.

Authentic drunken goat cheese from the town of Jumilla in southeastern Spain must be made from the pasteurized milk of Murciana goats. The purple rind of goat cheese comes from soaking in red wine. Certified drunken goat cheese is soaked in Doble Pasta red wine. 

What does drunken goat cheese taste like? The high protein and high fat content of the milk gives the cheese a smooth creaminess and a mild taste. The red wine soak imparts sweet, fruity flavors. 

Given that drunken goat cheese is a Spanish cheese, our wine pairing recommendation starts with Spanish wines from the same region. 

The Jumilla region of Spain is the country’s oldest D.O. (Denominación de Origen), a designation reserved for Spain’s most prestigious wines. 

The aromas of summer berries and wild cherries combine with notes of exotic spices in the 2019 Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Red Blend, aged 12 months in French and American oak.  Buy on wine.com or Millesima.

The sweetness in the drunken goat cheese will help balance the wine’s high alcohol content. Made with grape varietals: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Monastrell, and 10% Syrah.

Another Spanish red wine that features the Monastrell grape variety is a boutique wine from the Alberto Orte’s Elo winery – the 2015 Elo.

Tasting Notes by James Suckling: “Fragrant crushed-rose and lighter cherry aromas here with a very fluid, even and plushpalate. Fine, yet powerful tannins. Dark stones and spices. Plenty of detail.”

Final Thoughts on a Goat Cheese Wine Pairing

Pairing wine with cheese is not always an easy task. It can be difficult to know which wines will pair well, and it often takes time and experimentation to find the right match.

We hope our Goat Cheese Wine Pairing Guide helps you learn more about which wines to pair with soft, tangy goat cheeses. What’s your favorite goat cheese wine pairing? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below!

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