If you want your guests to see that you went the extra mile, add a little panache to the details and quality of your presentation. Digest Miami shows you how to wow your guests with a few simple tricks and the most indulgent pairings.
Every party begins when your guests walk in and get a glance of the décor. For a great rustic look collect wine corks and place them in unused glasses or vases. Also, consider using chalkboards to identify the name of each wine and its pairings. Place cheeses on different types of surfaces based on the texture and/or type. For example, for a harder cheese like Roquefort you can use a slab of marble, and for something like Brie you can use a mini wood board.
Even though it's a "Wine & Cheese" party, it's a great idea to have other pairings like fruits and even chocolates. These types of selections are great because they really bring out the flavor of several types of wines.
Now even though there is a general consensus on what wines pair well with what cheeses, it isn't universal. To help you decide on the best combinations, we've provided a general guide:
Wine Selection: Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne, Cabernet, White Zinfandel, Beaujolais
Soft Cheese: Brie, Bucheron, Buffalo Mozzarella, Camembert, Goat Cheese, Gorgonzola
Wine Selection: Chardonnay, Riesling, Gattinara, Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Chinon
Semi-Soft Cheese: Bel Paese, Baby Swiss, Fontina, Havarti, Kasseri, Madrigal Baby Swiss
Wine Selection: Tawny Port, Sherry, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Hard Cheese: Emmentaler, Gruyere, Jarlsberg, Manchego, Pecorino Romano, Raclette
Wine Selection: Riesling, Sancerre, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chianti Riserva
Semi-Hard Cheese: Cheddar, Chesire, Cotija, Danish Blue, Double Gloucester, Gouda
Be sure to focus on no more than five cheeses max and to account for how many guests you will have. Get your invites out, make your selections and enjoy!