Now that the weather’s starting to get a little colder – what better time is there to throw a few laid-back parties within the comfort of your own home or office. Turn up the class with a selection of delectable cheeses, and chase away the chill with the warm blush of a delicious rose, or a dry glass of white wine.
Gather your invites and use these tips for some of the most impressive cheese soirees your friends will ever see.
Tip 1: Picking the Wine
Let’s face it, if you get the wine right – it’s hard for the night not to be a success. Delicious wine, good company, and a hefty dose of alcohol is enough to leave even the pickiest of guests with a smile on their face. The best options to serve alongside cheese include fruity, dry reds, such as:
- Pinot Noir
On the other hand, if you want to shake things up and have a selection of reds and whites to choose from, you can also stock up on:
- Pinot Grigio
- Sauvignon Blanc
Chill the white wine for as long as possible, but only place the red in the fridge about an hour before your guests arrive. Make sure they’re all allowed to settle at room temperature for a couple of minutes before serving.
Tip 2: Choosing the Cheese
You can’t leave your wine to stand alone – otherwise you lose your opportunity to class your party as a fancy get-together. Be a little adventurous in pairing your liquid choices with some sumptuous cheeses, carefully balancing a mix of textures and tastes. Variety is key – so that your guests can have something to choose from if they don’t like the first cube they try:
- For creamy and soft, try brie or goat’s cheese
- For pungent and strong, pick livarot and taleggio
- For rich and subtle, select fontina or manchego
- For intense, offer stilton, gorgonzola, or cambozola
Tip 3: Accessorizing
Finally, when you’ve got the wine and cheese properly picked out, then you’ll be able to think about the other treats you might want to offer alongside them. For instance, you might pick a range of olives or grapes to add alongside your cheeseboard, or stay simple with a selection of crackers and some delicious cured meats. The most important thing is to have fun, and don’t be afraid to experiment.
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