​A Wine and Cheese Party

Wine and cheese parties are easy affairs to organize and a wonderful way to see many friends. Whether the selection of wine and cheese is large or small, the following are some simple guidelines to remember.

Generally allow 125 g (4 oz) of cheese and a half bottle of wine per person.

Cheese is attractive on its own. Keep its presentation simple. Choose cheese with different shapes, colours, textures and flavours, such as:

 

  • Blue
  • Jarlsburg
  • Provolone
  • Brie
  • La Grappe
  • Samosoe
  • Chevre
  • Lancashire
  • Smoked Cheese
  • Gouda
  • Oka
  • Swiss
  • Camembert
  • Gruyère
 
For maximum flavour, cheese should be served at room temperature. Soft cheese warms up sooner than firm cheese and should be placed on cheeseboards just prior to serving.
 
Arrange large wedges of cheese on cheeseboards, and provide at least one knife for each kind of cheese to avoid intermingling of flavours. Red, green and black grapes are a good accompaniment to cheese and an attractive garnish as well.
 
Serve unseasoned crackers such as water biscuits or Melba toast. Avoid salted and flavoured crackers. Serve fresh French bread with soft cheese. Light rye bread blends well with strong cheese such as blue cheese.
 
Do not crowd a cheese board. Allow space around each cheese to facilitate guests cutting their own portions.

Keep strong-flavoured cheese apart from those which are mild. Provide separate knives for each cheese prevent flavour transfers.
For maximum flavour, cheese should be served at room temperature. Soft cheese warms up sooner than firm cheese and should be placed on cheeseboards just prior to serving.
 
Display the names(and origins if you wish) of the cheese on attractive place cards.
 
A small selection of olives and nuts would be appropriate accompaniments to serve.
 
Since individual tastes vary, a selection of wines should be offered. Check with your local wine or liquor store for adequate selections.
 
For a balance between practicality and appearance, a simple 6 ounce stemmed glass is a good choice. It is large enough to serve an adequate portion of wine without filling the glass. This allows room for the  wine’s bouquet and lessens the chance of spilling.
 
Open the wine shortly before it is to be served. In general allow 30 minutes for red wine to breath.
 
Some people might prefer spritzers. Be sure to have club soda on hand. To prepare a spritzer: half fill a wine glass with wine. Top with soda and stir.
 
Remember to have some mineral water and lemon or lime wedges or non-alcoholic punch available for those who do not wish to drink wine.

Some great cheese appetizers include:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last updated on April 28, 2017