At Bright Cellars, we’ll take any occasion to celebrate...but this one is especially gouda. It’s National Grilled Cheese Day! Turn on the stovetop, grab your favorite glass, and check out our 6 unique wine + grilled cheese pairings:
Cheddar Bacon Grilled Cheese + Zinfandel
Robust bacon and vibrant Zin, what more could you want in a pairing? Zinfandel has the structure and acidity to keep this combo from going over the top. Plus, its jammy fruitiness + spicy smokiness make it a bacon lover’s dream vino.
Pro-tip: Zin pairs especially well with BBQ sauce, so don’t be afraid to invite some tangy sweetness to the party.
Apple, Brie, & Honey Grilled Cheese + Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc’s claim to fame is its notes of baked apples and honeyed finish, so this pairing is a no-brainer. Smooth and creamy Brie plus a zesty, acidic white = match grilled in heaven.
Strawberry & Ricotta Grilled Cheese + Rosé
Yes way, Rosé. With its light, whipped texture, Ricotta won’t overpower the wine with which it’s paired. Try a fresh Strawberry & Ricotta Grilled Cheese to mirror the bright berry notes of a New World Rosé!
Pro-tip: Add a little basil to the mix to fancify this simple sandwich!
Tomato, Mozzarella, & Pesto Grilled Cheese + Sauvignon Blanc
White wines that are lean, crisp, and brightly acidic pair perfectly with the acidity of tomatoes. Sauvignon Blancs often possess a green - also known as grassy - quality, so don’t be shy with the pesto!
Three Cheese Grilled Cheese + Syrah
A super (ch)easy sandwich, this grilled cheese calls for a mix of Gruyère, fontina and smoked mozzarella. Sip on a fragrant and flavorful Syrah with layers of spice, dark fruits, and smoke to take this classic to the next level.
Jalapeños, Sriracha, & Pepperjack Grilled Cheese + Sweet Riesling
Need I even say more? Spicy + sweet = sold.