Sunday, March 22, 2015

How to Host the Perfect Wine & Cheese Party

No matter what your favorite is, wine and cheese are a combination that everyone can agree on! 

Want to host a Pinterest-worthy wine and cheese party? The team at Skinnygirl® Cocktails has come up with some hosting tips and pairing suggestions to serve as inspiration and simplify the process. 

Looking for a new wine to add to your collection?  New Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir is a must-have with mouthwatering flavors of dark cherry, toasted oak and vanilla. 

Hosting Tips
1.       Cheesin’ - Estimate at least one ounce of each cheese per person. To start, 3-5 cheeses and 4-6 wines should be the perfect amount.
2.       Easy cheesy - Make a pretty display of a few different cheeses using place cards or a slate cheese tray with the names of each written in chalk. 
3.       Chalk one up - Use chalkboard paper or butcher paper to label the wines and pairings. Spread the paper on the table as a runner, and set out chalk/markers to label the wines and draw arrows to suggest pairing ideas.
4.       Glam glasses - Cut squares of chalkboard paper and stick them on wine glasses, or provide plain wine glasses and glass paint for guests to decorate their own. Now they won’t worry about which glass is theirs, plus they’ll have a fun favor to take home!
5.       Don’t break the bank - Ask each guest to bring a bottle of wine and set a price limit based on your budget.  Skinnygirl® Wines are delicious AND affordable, ranging from $11.99-14.99 each.
6.       Nosh & nibble - In addition to wine and cheese, provide other snacks for guests to enjoy alongside the wine. We like gourmet olives, figs, fresh veggies, prosciutto, spicy salami and fruits such as strawberries, grapes, blueberries, melons and apples.
7.       Keeping order - Work from dry to sweet with white wines, and from light to full-bodied with red wines. 

Wine & Cheese Pairing Ideas
·         Fresh Cheese 
o   Wine: Skinnygirl® Rose, Sauvignon Blanc
o   Cheese: Goat cheese, burrata, feta
o   Why it works: Delicate milky or tangy soft cheeses pair nicely with light-bodied wines with citrus and floral notes
·         Mild or Creamy Cheeses
o   Wine: Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir, Skinnygirl® Prosecco, Skinnygirl® Chardonnay, Beaujolais
o   Cheese: Brie, Camembert, cheddars, Havarti, jacks, double and triple crèmes
o   Why it works: Soft-ripened cheeses work great with the effervescence and fruit flavors of a Prosecco, and also pair well with the lighter-bodied style of a Pinot Noir 
·         Funky Cheeses
o   Wine: Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir, Riesling, Burgundy
o   Cheese: Muenster, Fontina, Pecorino, Asiago
o   Why it works: Pinot Noirs and Rieslings can stand up to stinky cheeses, with their fruit flavors and high/juicy acidity
·         Firmer Aged Cheeses
o   Wine: Skinnygirl® Chardonnay, Skinnygirl® Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Dry sherry
o   Cheese: Manchego, Gruyère, cheddar, Parmesan, Gouda
o   Why it works: Red wines with some tannin, full-bodied whites or sherry work well with flavorful firmer cheeses
·         Blue Cheeses
o   Wine: Skinnygirl® Moscato, Skinnygirl® Cabernet Sauvignon, California Zinfandels, dessert wines such as sweet sherry and port
o   Cheese: Roquefort, Stilton, Gorgonzola Dolce
o   Why it works: Rich dessert wines and full-bodied, fruity California Cabernets or Zinfandels pair nicely with the strong flavor of blue cheese

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