Entertain/Food, Wine News / March 24, 2015

Host a Wine & Cheese Tasting: Four Simple Tips

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Whether you’re finalizing plans for a Valentine’s party, or looking for ideas for an upcoming Oscars viewing  party, make it a delicious night in when you host a wine and cheese tasting. With our four simple tips below, you’ll be nibbling, sipping and savoring in no time! 

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1. Choose your Cheese

Start with the basics: fresh, soft-ripened, hard and blue.

  • Fresh cheeses are young (not aged), spreadable and soft in texture. They can range from mild to tangy in flavor. Think of: Goat, Feta, Mozzarella and Burrata.
  • Soft-ripened cheeses have a white, edible rind, called a bloomy rind. Some favorites in this category include: Brie, Carembert and Humboldt Fog.
  • Hard cheeses are firm to the touch, may be aged, slightly smelly and are generally sharp and/or salty in flavor. Familiar cheeses in this category include: Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino, Gouda and Cheddar.
  • Blue cheeses are exactly that, usually veined or spotted with blue, gray or green mold throughout. They tend to be pungent and salty in flavor.  Popular blue cheeses include: Blue, Gorgonzola and Cambozola.

Consider including three different varieties of cheese and a selection of goat, sheep and cow’s milk cheeses.

Tip: talk to the cheesemonger at your favorite local shop. Tell them what you’re up to and ask for recommendations.

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2. Select the Wines

Think in terms of four different style wines: dry white, slightly sweet, medium-bodied red and full-bodied red.  

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Tip: talk to a trusted wine expert at your favorite wine shop. Tell them what cheeses you plan on serving and ask them for suggestions.

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3. Present and Taste from Simple to Complex

Set up your cheese plate from mild to strong and young to aged. This will help guests move through the wine tasting experience without overloading anyone’s palate from the start.

Tip: Start with white and light, then move to red and bold – without forgetting to explore the in-between.

Remember the five S’s of wine tasting: see, swirl, sniff, sip and savor. (Check out this oldie, but goodie How to Taste Wine Like a Pro video on our YouTube channel for more wine tasting tips. ) Serve white wines chilled and red wines just below room temperature (about 62-68 degrees). 

And similarly, the four steps to cheese tasting: eye it (the appearance), touch it (the feel), smell it (the aromas), and taste it (the taste and mouthfeel).

When tasting wine with cheese, first examine the wine and cheese individually (see). Then, taste the cheese on its own. Next, sip the wine on its own. Lastly, taste them together by placing a small bite of cheese on your tongue and taking a small sip of wine.  Observe how the flavors change when the two mingle together.

4. Have fun!

The perfect pairing is the one you love the most. You know your palate and what you like. Savor the pairings you love and explore a few new flavors.

The best part: you learn more with each sip and bite. 

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  3. Wine Roland

    Nice post and useful. I’d choose other types of cheeses. But, please, please, please: Parmesan it’s really NO a serious cheese. Parmesan it’s a fake.
    I hope you mean Parmigiano?

    24 . Mar . 2015
    • Chelsea

      Thanks for catching that edit! Cheers!

      24 . Mar . 2015
  4. Wine Roland

    Thank you for modifying post. Have a nice Week End

    27 . Mar . 2015
    • Chelsea

      Hope you have a lovely weekend too!

      27 . Mar . 2015

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