I really like the idea of hosting an informal gathering rather than an overly ambitious dinner party. I think a wine and cheese tasting party might be the way to go.
I have found some excellent sites and advice about how to host a wine and cheese party so I having been thinking about hosting too. I think it could be fun trying to figure out what kinds of wine I like and dislike first hand, rather than relying only on other people's thoughts and opinions.
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The videos where experts offer suggestions on how to choose the right wine and food for a party are so helpful.
Mr Attorney doesn't drink wine and a few of our friends don't drink either so I thought I could serve grape juice and non alcoholic punch. I also thought that I might set up little cheese and beverage stations in several places of the house.
Small tables can accommodate a tray of cheeses, their matched-wines and accompaniments and some serving ware. This way our guests can mingle and meet new folks as they go along.
I also found some great advice from the following sites:
Wine Intro has a great Wine and Cheese Pairing Chart full of excellent suggestions on which type of wine to serve with a huge variety of cheeses.
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Real Simple have a great guide on preparing for and hosting and wine tasting party.
I love their idea of making invitation-coasters with a map of the featured wine region. They suggest downloading and print out a map from National Geographic's MapMachine, at nationalgeographic.com/maps. Trim, then use a spray adhesive to glue it to a piece of four-inch square card stock. Brilliant!
They also have some great suggestions for food including:
A charcuterie platter
Chocolate that contains at least 60 percent cacao, which makes the chocolate richer.
Tablespoon shares this great idea on using a chalkboard mat to label the wines and cheese
Redbook shared some great tips on wine and food pairings. They suggest that:
- Sparkling wines go with mild, buttery triple-cream cheeses.
- Simple, young wines (sauvignon blanc, Sancerre) go with soft, young cheeses (goat cheese).
- Chardonnays and full cabernets go well with semisoft cheeses (Brie, Camembert).
- Medium-bodied reds (pinot noir, Côtes du Rhone) go with hard, stronger-flavored cheeses (Parmesan, Gruyère, aged cheddar).
- Sweet/dessert wines go with pungent blue cheeses.
Beau Coup offered some great advice on preparing for a wine and cheese party and they even explore Wine and Cheese Party Etiquette.
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Rachel Ray offers suggestions on how to host a wine and cheese party for six for $10 per person! I am particularly impressed by her suggestion of using a chardonnay from outside the U.S.!!! She suggests Banrock Station Chardonnay 2006 (Australia, US$5) and Alice White Shiraz 2006 (Australia, $7)
I have also found some wonderful inspiration via Pinterest, of course! Look at these great ideas:
I wonder, have you ever hosted a wine and cheese party? Have you got any tips or suggestions for me on how to host one? If you have anything you can share with me I would so love to hear from you!