A wine and cheese party can be a wonderful way to get together with friends and family and have fun. It also feel sophisticated and is delightful on your palette. The best part about it, is you can do it yourself!
I just hosted a wine and cheese party myself and it was a smashing success. Wine and cheese is so fun to pair together, and it is so interesting to me how the wine and cheese compliment each other and the cheese can actually change the taste of the wine!
Of course, you can do all sorts of pairings, because there are literally hundreds and hundreds of wines and cheeses to pick from. I stuck with just a few and here is what I recommend so you don’t get too complicated (or expensive).
Popular wines to buy (pick at least one from each category)
- Dry White – Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Saviogn Blanc
- Sweet White – Moscato, Riesling, Gewürztraminer
- Dry Red – Cabernet Saviougne, Merlot, Pinot Noir
- Sweet Red – Chianti, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Malbec
Popular cheeses to buy
- Hard Cheese – Gouda, Cheddar, Parmesean, Fontina
- Soft Cheese – Blue, Goat, Feta, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Brie, Munster
- Sweet white wines pair well with cream based soft cheese such as fontina, mozzarella, and feta as well as cheddar
- Dry white wines pair well with semi soft cheese such as brie, blue, goat, and gouda
- Sweet red wines pair well with munster, gouda, and brie
- Dry red wines pair well with hard cheese such as gouda, cheddar, parmesan, and fontina
- Serve white wine chilled, around 45 degrees. Serve red wine a little below room temperature, around 60 degrees.
- Start with sweet white, move to dry white, then sweet red, finish with dry red.
- Play around with different pairings. You’ll be amazed at how the cheese changes the taste of the wine!
- Make a cheese board with fresh fruits, deli meats, nuts, bread, red pepper jelly, and crackers to clear the palette in between tastings.
- I paired dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and chili chocolate with my red wines and it was a hit!
- Have extra wine glasses in case one gets broken.
- Label the cheese with a little description and what to pair it with.
- Do research about each of the wines (or just read the label on the bottle) when you’re pouring so you seem more professional.
- Have plenty of water handy for between tastings.
- Provide a bucket or something for guests to pour/spit the wine that they didn’t like.
- Remember to only pour enough for 2-3 sips. Too much in a tasting will lead to the early end of the party.
- Provide plates for the cheese and crackers. Don’t forget a small knife to slice the cheeses.