Hosting a wine and cheese party can be exciting and challenging. Not only are you responsible for entertaining your guests, you’re also responsible for the investigation of what wines in your local liquor store will pair best with the cheeses you find in your local supermarkets and delicatessens. Your party should play to all the sensations of your guests, social entertainment combined with an unforgettable experience for the palate.
Knowing about the different existing types of cheese and what types of wines pair with each can simplify your hunt for the perfect pairings.
There are four major types of cheese, the first being fresh. These cheeses are usually spreadable, and they can range in flavor from tangy to mild. Examples of fresh cheeses include fresh-pulled Mozzarella and Chevré. They pair best with wines that have fruity hints, like Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.
Next are bloomy cheeses, which have a soft rind, and are usually rich and creamy. An example of this type of cheese is Brie. These cheeses pair best with Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wine and Champagne.
Hard cheeses are usually aged, and are often sharp and salty. An example would be Parmesan. They pair best with red wines like Merlot and Zinfandel.
Blue cheeses are often salty, with blue specks or a blue tinge, like Blue Cheese and Gorganzola. They go best with a Port wine or a Riesling.
What makes a wine and cheese party elegant is presentation. If the party is held inside, make the room fancy and inviting. If held outside, make the party optimum for enjoying the fresh air by keeping away bugs and providing shade for guests. Serve cheeses on platters that allow your guests to experience a variety of types and flavors, and deliver wine in small portions with each type of cheese. This should be a tasting party, not an all-out meal. Your guests are here to experience a flavorful journey, and this is what you need to deliver. Best of luck with your next wine and cheese party!