Fall is the most magical season, and it’s the perfect time of year to throw a wine and cheese party. Wine and cheese parties don’t have to be fancy or intimidating- they’re intimate soirees that you can have fun with! If you love to entertain, hosting a wine and cheese party should be at the top of your list this season. Want to know how to throw a memorable wine and cheese party? Here are 4 of our best tips!
1. Don’t Over Invite
Wine and cheese parties aren’t meant to be extravagant bashes. They’re typically smaller, more intimate gatherings, so invite 10 to 15 people who you know will love the concept and will also hit it off. They don’t have to be wine and cheese connoisseurs, but an appreciation for good food and wine will ensure you and your guests have a wonderful time.
2. Flavour Above Everything
Cheese and wine are two things that are meant to ooze flavour! Buy the cheeses two to three days before the party and take them out of the fridge at least two hours ahead of guest arrival time. Cheese is more flavourful at room temperature, and you want to give your guests the best of the best.
Wines need time to breathe. Red wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah need about two hours to breathe before their flavour is just right. Pour red wine into a decanter and let it sit before people start arriving. White wines only need about 25 minutes to breathe, so you can open them up 20 minutes before guests start arriving. Reds should be served at room temperature and whites should be served chilled.
3. Prepping Your Beautiful Cheese Board
The prep for a wine and cheese party is fairly simple since you don’t have to cook or bake anything. Other than the wine and cheese you’re going to serve, you can decide what you want to add to your cheese plate. Perhaps you also want to serve meats, fruits and veggies on your platter. Pickles, olives, dips and nuts are a nice addition to a cheese plate and pre-made appetizers like pâté are always appreciated! A great source for help in creating an epic array of cheeses, consider visiting The Cheese Boutiquein Toronto, nearThe Kingsway.
4. Perfect Your Wine and Cheese Pairings
If you’re throwing a wine and cheese party, you should know which wines pair with which cheeses. If you’re serving a variety of cheeses, pretty much any dry white and dry red is suitable. Spicy white wines like Pinot Gris and fruitier white wines like Riesling are typically cheese-friendly.
Most red wines are cheese-friendly, too. A general rule of thumb is, the richer the cheese, the fuller the wine. For creamier, full-flavoured cheeses, richer wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are ideal.
If you want to pair specific wines with their perfect cheeses, follow the pairings below:
- Gouda and Cabernet Sauvignon
- Parmesan and a bubbly Prosecco
- Ricotta and Riesling
- Goat Cheese and Sauvignon Blanc
- Mozzarella and Pinot Grigio
- Gruyere and Chardonnay
- Blue Cheese and Pinot Noir
- Monterey Jack and Merlot
- Aged Cheddar and Malbec
- Camembert and Syrah
There you have it. Everything you need to know to throw a memorable wine and cheese party!