It’s time for you to diversify your party calendar a bit and throw a classy wine and cheese dinner party. It’s low-prep, easy to organise, and fun. So here are the few things you need to know about how to do it.
First, begin by deciding who to invite. Wine and cheese parties should be smaller, so 12 to 15 people would be your ideal company. Think of the most zealous foodies you know and extend an invite to each of them.
How to Select Your Wine and Cheese Assortment?
Before going any further, there are a few things about cheese you should know. So read these words of wisdom carefully.
There are five basic categories of cheese:
- Blue – Blue cheese is the most intense type of cheese and it has well developed flavour. Cashel, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Stilton all fall into this category.
- Semifirm – This type of cheese is a bit lighter than the Blue cheese and is rich but subtle. Fontina, Garrotxa, Manchego and cave-aged Cheddar are some of the more well-known Semifirm types of cheese.
- Super-aged – Parmigiano-Reggiano, Comte, aged Gouda, and Asiago. Super aged cheese is nutty and sharp.
- Pungent – Or more commonly known as stinky cheese. Langres, Pont l`Leque and Taleggio are some you should definitely try out.
- Mild – Every beginner should start with mild cheese. It is soft & creamy and you can never have enough of it. Camambert, Brie, Fresh chevre and Robiola.
Once you got the basics, it’s time to get the cheese. Know that the supermarket is not the place to buy that assortment of cheese for your party. Instead, to get the wide selection you want, go to a specialised shop or order online. If you decide on the latter option, bear in mind that the delivery would take a couple of business days. When you have the cheese, put it in your fringe and take it out an hour or two before the party starts.
As far as wine is concerned, for a part of 12 to 15 you should get 6 bottles. Three bottles of red and three bottles of white. When pairing wine and cheese, don’t be afraid to experiment because this is not an exact science. If you’re looking for some ideas, look into Cabarnet Franc, Chardonnay, Cabarnet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc and Merlot.
How to Go About Serving the Cheese?
The ultimate choice is to get a cheeseboard and put each cheese on a different board. However, you can just go to the hardware store and get some slate tiles. Wash them well and serve the cheese on the tiles. If you decide to go with that, write the name of the cheeses on the tiles using chalk, or make cards with the names.
To preserve the taste and flavour of the different types of cheese, set out a separate knife for each cheeseboard/cheesetile.