Zinfandelic Cheese & Charcuterie Guide

Zinfandel: The ultimate food wine

The beauty of a cheese and charcuterie board is that it is an easy crowd pleaser for any type of gathering. They are the perfect party snack: easy to make, fun to eat, and pair perfectly with all types of wine, especially Zinfandel! Explore the different flavors and pairings of Zinfandel wine, cheese and charcuterie with this quick guide.

Zinfandel Styles


Lighter Zinfandels, like our Lodi Zinfandel, offer fresh, fruity flavors and an approachable, easy-drinking style. Pair with milder cheeses and charcuterie that will complement the flavors


Try medium-bodied or spicy Zins, such as our Sierra Foothills, with smokey charcuterie or sharp flavored cheeses.


A big Zin, like our our Mendocino Zinfandel, is best with a robust, flavorful cheese and fattier charcuterie to complement stronger tannins.

Quick Tips


Bread & Crackers
Fruit: Pears, apples, grapes, figs
Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans
Jams and Mustards


Cheddar: Gouda, Colby, Havarti
Swiss: Dry Jack, Brie, Gruyere
Mozzarella: Brie, Goat Cheeses
Bacon: Jamón Ibérico, Speck
Proscuitto: Smoked Ham, Serrano Ham
Pepperoni: Salami, Sopressata, Chorizo, Saucisson Sec

Your Board

Feature three types of cheese, charcuterie and accompaniments on your board, grouped together by flavors and suggested pairings. Have fun and remember, there are no rules!