Festive Cheese & Wine Parties
Cheese and Wine Parties are always popular at this time of year. They make a welcome change to all the cold leftover turkey, turkey sandwiches, turkey curry, turkey lasagne, turkey bolognaise and more mince pies than Father Christmas could possibly eat!
If you are holding a festive cheese and wine party this year then why not consider some of these top tips on how to mix wine and cheese. The main top tip for a sure fire taste sensation is to mix wine and cheese from the same country.
So go to your wine rack and see what wines you have, then pop down the local supermarket to grab some cheeses to match your delectable wines. Here are how the pairings should go;
- If you have a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Merlot or Pinot Gris then the ever popular cheddar in the cheese you need.
- You will find that your bottle of Pinot Gris, Bardolino, Rioja, Zinfandel or Sauvignon Blanc will go perfect with Asiago cheese; this is a very popular cheese that is used in pasta dishes.
- Brie is simply delightful when served with cranberries. A lovely glass of sweet Sherry, Merlot or Chardonnay will go well with the Brie too.
- A glass of Cabernet, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc or Pinot Noir will go superbly with a starter of melted Camembert with bread to dip.
- Putting a Danish blue cheese sauce on to a meal with will be bound to give the dish a kick so a glass of Cabernet would be just perfect to go with it.
- If you would like to put some Double Gloucester onto your gorgeous platter of cheese then you will need a glass of Sancerre to go with it, for that all important gorgeous taste.
- A very popular ingredient in cheese sauces is Edam. If you are having a dish with cheese sauce then perhaps consider a glass of Pinot Noir, Riesling or Dry Champagne to go with it.
- Feta is wonderful as an appetizer welcome for your guests, why not serve it with a glass of Pinot Blanc or Zinfandel?
- Goats Cheese is a delicious cheese melted on toasted bread and is delightful if served with a glass of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris or Chardonnay.
- A glass of Bordeaux, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon is really nice with Gorgonzola, which you could serve on a slice of bruschetta with honey.
- Any red of white wine goes well with Gouda and some chopped fruit.
- Graddost is great when served with rustic bread and a glass of Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc.
- Chardonnay, Zinfandel or Merlot is a really good paring with Gruyere on crackers.
- As a welcome snack Manchego and Olives are good, especially with Rioja, Merlot or Ribera del Duero.
- Mascarpone Cheese is normally found as a main ingredient in cheesecakes, so is ideal served with a sweet dessert wine.
- If you have a bottle of oaky Chardonnay then Red Leicester is a must to go with it.
- Port is an ideal drink to have with Roquefort (which is popular in quiches and salads) or Stilton which is of course very popular around this time of year, more popular with lovers of the stronger cheese.
- Wensleydale Cheese is normally served with a slice of Christmas Cake or an apple, a delicious glass of Chardonnay or Gewurthztraimner would be ideal with this cheese.
- After all the lovely food of Christmas Day you might be fancying something lighter like Zamorano which can be enjoyed with crackers or olives and a relaxing glass of Rioja or Sangria.
The most important thing to remember at a Wine and Cheese Party is to make sure the wine racks are fully stocked and that you, as the host, enjoy yourself!