How to Host a Wine and Cheese Party

A wine and cheese party is a simple, yet elegant way to host a holiday gathering.  Both wine and cheese are great pleasures in life.  And the varieties of pairing possibilities are virtually endless.  Follow a few simple guidelines and with minimal effort, you can create an impressive spread for your guests to enjoy.

Wine and Cheese Pairing Guidelines

Types of cheese generally fall into four different categories:

Fresh – tangy or mild spreadable cheeses that are not aged.

Bloomy – creamy and rich cheeses with a soft rind.

Blue – salty, pungent cheeses with a blue tint.

Hard – stiff cheeses, often aged that are sharp or salty.

When pairing cheese with wine, keep in mind the type of cheeses you plan to use, then find wines that complement the cheese.  In general, hard cheeses are paired with red wines and soft cheeses with white wines. However, this is not always the case.  Salt in cheese can bring out the flavor of wine.  It is good to pair salty cheese with rich, fruity wines such as a Zinfandel or Syrah.  Texture also impacts the pairing.  Match light cheeses with lighter wines such as Pinot Gris.  Full-bodied cheeses such as aged Gouda or Cheddar go well with full-bodied wines such as a Cabernet.

Serving Your Wine and Cheese Spread

Since the menu is simple, its impressiveness lies in the quality of the wine and cheese on your menu as well as the presentation.  Purchase high-quality cheeses from a gourmet shop and research wines to provide a memorable experience for your guests.  Serve wine in impressive wine glasses that correspond to the kinds of wine you are serving. 

Present the cheeses on an elegant slate cheese tray such as one from Bar & Bistro.  Our cheese boards are beautifully hand-carved and engraved for a personal touch. They also make a perfect gift for someone who enjoys entertaining.  Whether you are hosting a party, or looking for a unique gift, Bar & Bistro has custom barware and gifts for any occasion.

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