I recently hosted a Wine & Cheese themed gathering for the ladies. I decorated with earthy colors and natural/rustic elements (the center dish in the photos held cheese cubes but I took photos before putting them out). Some of the details I added are:
- Paper cones filled with snacks and inserted into a wine bottle holder.
- I filled a glass jar with wine corks for decor.
- Fun quotes about wine were displayed.
- Each glass had a hang tag with a conversation starter on it.
Simple-Elegance doesn’t get much better than Cheese & Wine. The pairing of the 2 works equally well for a rustic picnic, or a glamorous soiree. The photos above offer some great suggestions for setting up your wine and cheese party with style.
- Consider slicing your hard cheese into ‘sticks’ and laying them in a criss-cross form…adds height and interest.
- Looking for great ways to label which cheese is which? Use pieces of slate or broken terra cotta pots to write on with chalk, or marker.
- More home-improvement-store materials to use are small slabs of granite, or ceramic tiles.
- Find mirror ‘trays’ at local craft stores, or use your all-purpose white dishes for a streamlined look.
- For best results when tasting your cheeses, serve on plain baguette slices or water crackers so as not to mask the flavor of the cheese itself.
PARTY TIP: Print out these conversation starters and tie them on to glass stems so guests can get to know each other better.
Wine & Cheese Pairings
- Salty Gorgonzola with Sweet Reisling
- Brie with a California Chardonay
- Goat Cheese (Chevre) with Savignon Blanc
- Edam or Havarti with Pinot Noir
- Gouda with Merlot or Reisling
What appetizers to serve
You’ll definitely want to include traditional accompaniments like marinated olives or jardiniere, nuts, grapes, apples, or pears, and sweet spreads or jams.
- Honey chicken salad appetizer cups
- Sweet and spicy pecans or savory & spicy pecans
- Baked brie phyllo cup bites
- Cheddar cheese bacon canapes
- Homemade cheddar cheese crackers
Favorite wines under $15
Some of my favorite wines for around $10-$12.
- Cavit Pinot Grigio
- Chateau St. Michelle Reisling (not overly sweet…it’s just right!)
- Barefoot Moscato (around $7, but very good with the taste of muscadine grapes)
- Rober Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir
- Woodbridge Cabernet (not too heavy for a cab)
Have fun planning and tasting your own wine and cheese party combinations!