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How To Host a Holiday Wine and Cheese Party at Home

How To Host a Holiday Wine and Cheese Party at Home

Throw a casual holiday party with all the elegance of an expensive affair! Here's everything you need to host a holiday wine and cheese party at home.

A wine and cheese party is an elegant solution when inviting a large group to a casual gathering or when you want a gratifying experience with your most intimate friends.

The best part? You don’t need to be a connoisseur to make delectable wine and cheese pairings!

It really is the easiest party to plan. You uncork good wine. You lay out a variety of cheeses. You mingle complementary textures and flavors, like grapes, cured meats, dips, or nuts onto your serving tray. And BOOM! You have a successful holiday party. Set up the table within a few minutes and you’re free to enjoy the merriment with everyone else! Let us tell you everything you need to host a holiday wine and cheese party at home.


How to select a good wine

Picking a wine that is well-balanced can be intimidating if you’re not a wine enthusiast. You don’t want your guests to wonder if you grabbed the first bottle you saw with a cute label on it. How do you even know which wine to pick when there are more than 13 categories?

Keep it simple! Start with the basics: white, red, and sparkling. Now that you’ve reduced it to three options, head to a wine store and let the professionals guide you. Their experts will place the bottle that best suits your budget and plans right in your hands.

In a rush to pick something everyone will enjoy? Apps like Vivino show you wine recommendations based on how other people have rated different brands.

A fail-proof solution is to pair any cheese with our winter sangria recipe for any occasion.


How to select the best cheeses

Give your guests a chance to try different textures and flavors! Select between five and seven different cheeses to keep things interesting. Some options to try are:

  • Soft cheeses: Brie, gorgonzola, cottage cheese, ricotta
  • Semi-firm: Gouda, gruyere, manchego, goat cheese
  • Firm: Romano, parmesan, cheddar, swiss

You will find high quality cheeses (regular and vegan) in chain markets like Trader Joe’s, Aldi, and Whole Foods. There might even be an Italian market near you, like Dori’s, with imported cheeses.


How to pair wine & cheese

As a general guideline, pair sharp cheeses with dry wines, and mild cheeses with sweet wines. The idea is to feel how the flavors interact in your mouth. The best pairing ultimately depends on personal preferences. That’s why discovering what you like at a wine and cheese party is so much fun!

Some popular pairings to give the impression you’re a connoisseur include:

  • Rustic cheese with Zinfandel
  • Goat cheese with Pinot Noir
  • Cheddar cheese with Sauvignon Blanc
  • Gouda cheese with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Brie cheese with Merlot


What to serve with wine and cheese

Create a special touch with seasonal produce, alongside bread, crackers, and cured meats. Complement your platter with any of the ideas below:

  • Grapes
  • Berries
  • Nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Prunes
  • Strawberries
  • Persimmons
  • Figs
  • Prosciutto
  • Salami
  • Olives
  • Hummus
  • Artichoke dip
  • Peach jam
  • Mango chutney

An unforgettable wine and cheese party at home comes down to the experience of trying new things. Enjoy the quick planning and gratifying sense of this holiday affair.

Show off your good taste! Tag @mobilestylesapp on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to display your platters and pairings!


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