Cheddar is the cheese for a classic cabernet sauvignon pairing. The fat content in an aged cheddar is a perfect match for the strong tannins in older cabs, allowing these two flavor powerhouses to complement each other rather than compete.
Whether you're choosing cheese for a cabernet pairing, a merlot pairing, or a riesling paring, it's a good rule of thumb to pair wine and cheeses of equal intensity. Aged cheeses are best matched by bold reds, while stinky, blue-veined and washed-rinds cheeses prefer sweeter wines. Soft, creamy cheeses go well with sparkling varieties, and wine and cheeses from the same geographic region are often a great match.