20 Dec 15

Hosting the ultimate wine and cheese dinner party!

Fine wine and heavenly cheeses really are two of life’s tastiest culinary pleasures – and finding the ideal pairing of the two can be a delicious tastebud pleasing adventure. And, what better way to discover perfect pairings, than to throw a sophisticated wine and cheese dinner party for friends and family?

Not sure where to start? As with any culinary pairing, there are a number of must-know considerations to take on board, such as the texture of the cheese or acidity of the wine, before you decide what’s made the menu.

We’ve created a delightful pairing guide to make sure your evening goes smoothly and offers that ultimate mouth-watering experience every wine and cheese lover deserves.

PAIRING WINE AND CHEESE – THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!

 

Cheese Party

Well-aged hard-cheese – Westminster Vintage Cheddar or Farmer’s Reserve (of course we couldn’t miss those out!), Gruyère, Parmigiano Reggiano, Cheshire.

Perfect partners: Harder cheeses adore tannic red wines and full-bodied whites. Think about pairing with sweet Riesling, vintage Champagne, red Bordeaux, California Zinfandel or Port.

Our very own Westminster Vintage Cheddar and Farmer’s Reserve are bursting with salt crystals which match well with an equally intense wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy the mouth-watering cheese in small bite-sized pieces to experience its dreamy taste to the full.

Fresh, soft cheeses – Ricotta, Mozzarella, Feta, Brie, Camembert, Halloumi.

Perfect partners: Crisp whites, dry rosés, light-bodied reds and sparkling wines – specifically those with berry, melon, apple and citrus flavors infused. Try Champagne, Monterey Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Moscato, to really bring out the creamy taste of the cheese!

Best to avoid: Heavy red wines that will drown out the flavor of the cheese such as Malbec, Bordeaux and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Aroma-filled blue cheeses – Stilton, Cambozola, Roquefort, Gorgonzola.

Perfect partners: Blue cheeses crave wines that are both full of sweetness and offer that added oomph in order to sit with and balance the cheese’s salty, bold flavors. Pair with Tawny Port, Galleano NV Cream Sherry or Tokaji for a great kick!

Medium-aged semi-hard cheeses – Edam, Monterey Jack, Emmental, young Cheddar.

Perfect partners: With strong flavors and a firmer texture, medium-aged semi-hard cheeses need fruity reds, medium-bodied whites, vintage sparkling and, of course, aperitif wines – especially those that offer a balance between fruit, acidity and tannin. Offer glasses of Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir, Champagne, Pinot Blanc, Merlot, Zinfandel or white Bordeaux to really bring out the flavor of the cheese.

TOP SERVING TIPS!

 

– Remember to serve both the wine and cheese at the ideal temperatures in order for the delicious flavors to emerge and hit your tastebuds. Red wine should be served at 60°F, white wine at 45°F and the cheese should be removed from the fridge and packaging at least 30 to 60 minutes prior to tasting.

– Embrace a Wine Flight! Offer tasters of a selection of fine wines that match perfectly with slices of your cheese choices and serve to each individual guest on a dedicated Wine Flight serving board.

– Get creative with your dinner party display! Make sure everyone knows the name of the cheesy delights they are tasting by placing them on a slate tray and etching the cheese names in chalk for a rustic, traditional English look.

Do you have any show-stopping wine and cheese pairings? Let us know in the comments below!

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