White wines tend to be the best pairing for goat cheese, but light, fruity reds work just as well.
Some of the best wine pairings include:
Sauvignon Blanc’s bright acidity, particularly that of Sancerre from the Loire Valley, goes best with mild and creamy chèvre. The mineral and grassy notes of these wines balance the creaminess of the cheese, bringing out a distinct minerality in both.
Gewurztraminer and Torrontes pair well with very potent, pungent chèvre. Both wines are fruit-forward with a touch of sweetness that would overpower a milder cheese, but work with ripe and strong cheese.
The mineral-driven, aromatic Riesling, with its backbone of crisp acidity, matches the mild and herbaceous nature of mild chèvre.
Unoaked Oregon Chardonnay works very well with chèvre that are fresh but still very creamy as the citrus notes and vibrant fruit balance the slight nuttiness and richness of the cheese.
A light-bodied Beaujolais can match a mild and very soft chèvre. The delicate fruity notes of the wine compliments the fresh and mildly creamy notes of the cheese.
Pair a Northern Italian red such as Barbera d’Asti or Dolcetto di Dogliani with aged chèvre as the bright acidity of these wines coupled with their fresh berry fruit will complement the cheeses’ richer and nuttier character.
And you can never go wrong with Champagne, which goes with everything!