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.

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Our staff is full of passionate wine lovers. With our amazing sommeliers at the helm, we’ve been schooled on all things wine. We came together to write this article, in hopes of spreading a little wine-ducation with you.

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