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Spring Wine & Cheese Pairings: A Taste of France

  • POSTED Mar 27th, 2024
  • BY Todd Templin, CSW

When it comes to cheese and wine, or fromage et vin, pairings can be somewhat daunting to the home chef! Rest assured, these classic French cheeses and wines from several different French appellations will be an amazing adventure for your palate as we celebrate spring! 

French Wines and Cheeses


Château de Cary Potet Montagny Les Bassets 

The Château is one of the oldest in the Côte Chalonnaise dating back to the 15th century, and is owned by the Desfontaine family who have been winegrowers for 12 generations! A great value, this wine is full of ripe tree fruit, aromas of persimmon, and a lovely saline quality. Enjoy alongside cheese or seared scallops.

Reserve Saint Marc Sauvignon Blanc 

This is a Sauvignon Blanc produced in the south of France by the Foncalieu family. It's a stunning value, showing a lot of lively fresh fruit and crisp acidity. 

Canard-Duchêne Champagne 

A stunning value in Champagne that started with a love story in 1859 between Victor Canard, a barrel maker, and Leonie Duchêne, a grower’s daughter! This Brut style is the house signature with intense aromas of fresh fruit and a dry minerality with lovely hints of buttery brioche. 

Château Boutisse Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 

A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, and Merlot, this wine is deep garnet in color with a richly spiced nose of cinnamon, clove, anise, and hints of mocha and caramel. Velvety in texture with elegant tannins, there is no need to cellar. Enjoy now with a cheese plate, charcuterie board, or our own Heavenly Ham®. 

Faury Saint-Joseph

Saint-Joseph is one of the great appellations of northern Rhône. Grown on granite hillsides, this Syrah is made from hand-harvested grapes and aged in large barrels for 12 months. The result is a dark, super lively, fresh fruit-forward, but yet still “big” food wine. 

French Wines and Cheeses



This cheese from northern France is chewy and nutty with a bright orange interior. Mild in flavor, although ours is aged longer and therefore more robust in flavor, it’s meant for snacking. Some find it a lot like a French version of Edam! It is wonderful paired with a cold lager, bread, and fruit. 

Gruyère de Comté

Simply one of the great cheeses of the world! This Alpinestyle cheese is yellowish-ivory in color with rich flavors of hazelnut, toffee, and hints of fruit. A marvelous melting cheese (fondue, potatoes, macaroni, etc.) it is also incredible on a cheese plate paired with a red wine such as the Faury Saint-Joseph or a Beaujolais-Villages.

Saint Angel

 A triple cream Brie made from pasteurized cow’s milk, this luxurious cheese with its pillow-like appearance is just amazing when paired with Champagne or sparkling wine, some DLM Artisan Bread, and fresh fruit! 

Roquefort Papillon 

Roquefort is a type of blue cheese produced only in the caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon. Famous for its pungent smell and sharp tang, it is white, crumbly, and absolutely delicious! Can be used on a cheese plate—it is really good with a crusty bread and a glass of Chablis. 


This is a “beefy” semi-firm cow’s milk cheese from the Savoie region of France that is simply best when melted… on anything! Pair with a light, delicate red wine and have the best ever grilled cheese experience.


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