Keep in mind three key components when selecting the cheeses for your wine and cheese tasting: Flavor, Texture, and Aroma. You’ll want a variety of each. Soft and semi-soft cheeses such as goat, brie and havarti are popular and fairly accessible even for the less exotic cheese-lover’s palate. Don’t be scared off by particularly pungent cheese. They often don’t taste as strong as they smell. At least one aged option is a great addition to any cheese spread, and a hard cheese or two will add some exciting difference in texture.
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If the cheese will be the main fare for the event, plan on 4-6 ounces per person. If you plan to serve other foods or the event is after a meal (Cheese and wine make a great ‘dessert’!), you could probably get by with 2-4 ounces per person.
Cheese and wine alone are great, but adding in some interesting textures and flavors of fruit, nuts and breads can take your tasting to the next level. Offer a selection of breads and crackers alongside your cheeses in different shapes and sizes. Try jarred condiments such as spicy mustards, sweet preserves or honey, and tart chutneys for a no hassle addition. Various other sweet and salty items such as cured meats, candied nuts, olives, and dried fruits are wonderful in conjunction with a good selection of cheeses.
Separate cheeses with strong aromas to opposite sides of the serving tray or even their own plate. Have a separate knife for each cheese and be sure the knives with the harder cheeses are up to the task. Remove the cheeses from the refrigerator 30-45 minutes before your guests are set to arrive. If the cheeses are too cold it can mute the flavors. The same can be said of the wine you’re serving. Good serving temperatures for wine are 65 degrees for red wine, 55 for white wine, and 45 for sparkling wine. Label each cheese so you don’t have to recite what they are over and over throughout the evening. We have created cheese labels perfect for this purpose. Download the free printable here. We’ve also created tasting cards for you and your guests to use during the event so you don’t forget your favorite pairing discoveries. Download them here.