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Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Sauvignon Blanc: The Perfect Pair

February 27, 2019

Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Sauvignon Blanc: The Perfect Pair

By Maggie McDermott, guest blogger for The Lady Pearly

Sauvignon Blanc is the wine equivalent of a simple leather jacket or the perfect nude lipstick – it’s reliable, classic, and it goes with everything.   


While most Sauvignon Blancs are dry, folks who have a sweeter palate can still appreciate the fruit-forwardness of the wine. You’ll find that Sauvignon Blanc gives off hints of lime, green apple, pear, kiwi and peach. Fruit isn’t the only player, here, though. Green and herbaceous flavors, like green bell pepper and jalapeno, also take the stage.

Sauvignon Blanc’s medium to medium-high acidity gives it a crispness that perfectly washes down a meal. Luckily, this acidity cuts through and complements a high-fat dish, but simultaneously tastes refreshing and delicate alongside white meat or fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, and a variety of herbs.


What is the perfect way to hit all of these angles? A “grown up” grilled cheese! No judgment here if you still enjoy a Kraft Singles sandwich with the crusts cut off, but there is so much more we can be doing with the concept of grilled cheese.

So, pick a flavor profile you enjoy most – I’ve outlined a spread, cheese and filling for each one. As for bread, pick your favorite --- whatever tickles your fancy. I usually use Sourdough, but Ciabatta is always a solid choice, and a cinnamon raisin swirl bread would really accentuate the sweet & salty combo.

The most important part? Take a swig of Sauvignon Blanc in between each bite. And if you so desire, repeat the whole process with a second grilled cheese and glass (or bottle) of wine. We are adults, after all...even if you cut your crusts off.

Flavor profile




Garlic & Herb

1 tbsp mayonnaise + 1 tsp basil pesto + 1/2 clove chopped garlic + sea salt and crushed red pepper to taste

Fresh mozzarella

Roasted red peppers


1 tbsp mayonnaise + 1/2 tsp dry chipotle seasoning OR 1/2 chopped chipotle pepper in adobo


Chicken breast

Sweet & Salty

1 tbsp apple butter OR quince paste


Crispy bacon and granny smith apple slices

 (Featured: 2017 Sauvignon Blanc from Maggie Malick Wine Cave)

About Maggie:

Maggie McDermott, The Lady Pearly, Sur Le Vin blog, Washington DC, WineMaggie is a DC-area native, born and raised in Fairfax, VA. She currently resides in Arlington, VA with her fiancé. While she is a businesswoman and National Account Manager by day, Maggie considers herself a foodie and recipe developer by night. Aside from checking out new restaurants in the city, she has also spent many years exploring Virginia wine country. She is excited to continue discovering what this area has to offer, all while taking you along for the ride.

About The Lady Pearly:

We are an online fine wine merchant at serving the District of Columbia. We love the local East Coast wines and not only do we carry the finest wines in the DMV area, but we work to help promote all local wineries in Virginia and Maryland. Join us as Maggie blogs her way through all the amazing vineyards and wineries in the DMV area.

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1 Response

Elaine McDermott
Elaine McDermott

February 27, 2019

Loved this article and love that my daughter really knows her wine and is a foodie!!👍❤️

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