Whether it’s a party, getting together to watch a football game or a laid-back night in,wine and cheese makes entertaining easy. Here are some tips for putting together a wine and cheese plate for just about any event:
Simple is key. A few different types of cheeses is all you’ll need. No need to buy ’em all! This featured cheese platter includes a spicy habanero cheddar, a light sharp cheddar, sharp cheddar, havarti and brie.
Stay thrifty. The cheese platter featured in this photo shoot cost less than $25! Browse the cheese section of your local grocery store, chat with your store’s cheesemonger and ask about any new arrivals and learn which cheeses are on sale.
Keep it fresh. We’re headed into fall, prime cheese platter fruit season. Grapes and apples are a given but consider figs, berries and woody herbs.
The perfect bite. What’s included in your perfect cheese and cracker bite? We love sharp cheddar with salami and a Ritz cracker. No need to get too fancy!
Cut it up. make sure each cheese has it’s own knife. Don’t be afraid of cutting cheese too small — it’s those big pieces that are hardest to eat.
Wine time. Consider an array of wine choices when you’re entertaining. Dry white wines are wonderful with many fresh and soft-ripened cheeses. Full-bodied reds, like Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red and Trail Boss Cabernet have bigger tannins, more texture and a more intense flavor that pair beautifully with big, bold cheeses.
Cheers to wine and cheese!