5 Apple and Cheese Pairings


Let’s Get Cheesy!

Who doesn’t enjoy a good pairing of cheese, fruit, and wine? With the great variety of fresh Stemilt apples (and pears) available year round, we are here to help you create the perfect menu with 5 Apple and Cheese Pairings. When you know the five cheeses to eat with apples it makes preparation that much easier! Whether it’s for a gathering you’re hosting, a fun family snack, or something to surprise a friend with, we have some fantastic options.

Pairing fruits like apples and pears with cheese and wine – either on a platter with crackers or in a delicious appetizer recipe – are perfect ways to build a beautiful party presentation with a trio of flavors that appeal to any palate. It’s also a great way to get to know your apples and cheese and share with friends once you’ve found the perfect combinations!

5 Apple, Cheese, and Wine Pairings to Try:

Gorgonzola Cheese, Fuji Apples, and Pinot Noir:

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Super-sweet Fuji apples go great with sharp and slightly salty Gorgonzola cheese. A medium-bodied Pinot Noir wine makes for a fruity and vibrantly acidic finish that goes well with the sweetness of Fuji apples.




Edam Cheese, Pinata Apples, and Syrah:

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The classic sweet-tart apple flavors and tropical twist of Pinata apples match well with the mild and nutty Edam cheese and full-bodied yet fruity Syrah wine. Did you know, Pinata’s parents are the Golden Delicious, Cox’s Orange Pippin, and Duchess of Oldenburg? This unique combination created this special heirloom apple that adds a little extra something to the plate!



Chevre (Goat) Cheese, Gala Apples, and Pinot Grigio:

Chevre (Goat) Cheese, Gala Apples, and Pinot Grigio

Mellow and vanilla-like, Gala apples taste even sweeter when paired with creamy-sharp goat cheese and a sweet yet light wine like Pinot Grigio. Pairing soft flavors with the Gala apple will let its low-key deliciousness shine in this combination!





Blue (Bleu) Cheese, Granny Smith Apples, and Merlot:

Chevre (Goat) Cheese, Gala Apples, and Pinot Grigio

Famously green and tart Granny Smith apples combine with sharp Blue cheese and a medium-bodied, fruity red wine like Merlot in this unique pairing. This pairing makes enjoying Granny Smith even better (especially if you’re not a big fan of sourness) with added sweetness from the Merlot and strong flavor from the Blue cheese.



Gruyere Cheese, Honeycrisp Apples, and Chardonnay:

Gruyere Cheese, Honeycrisp Apples, and Chardonnay

 Juicy, sweet, and refreshing, Honeycrisp apples pair well with the sweet and creamy Gruyere cheese and buttery yet sweet Chardonnay wine. Sweet honey flavors, creamy textures and a buttery Chardonnay… name a better trio! Honeycrisp is a fan favorite, and it’s no surprise this combo might just be our favorite too!




To see these pairings come to life, click on the video above. We want to know what your favorite trio is, so don’t be afraid to mix it up as you get comfortable with the different pairings. Pairing apples and cheese can be an enjoyable way to learn more about the complex and simple flavors of each apple variety, and how to pair them with your favorite wines!

Let us know in the comments below which of the 5 Apple and Cheese Pairings you tried. Happy Pairing!