One of the most basic, yet classic food-and-drink pairings is wine and cheese. Sipping a tangy red or white between bites of a creamy, nutty cheese on a cracker is one of the most pleasant experiences around. That’s why freelance writer and wine lover Jace Shoemaker-Galloway created National Wine and Cheese Day on July 25. Here, at Maison & Tavola, we are more than happy to cheers to that.
5 Tips to Celebrate in Style
1. Elevate the Presentation with Artful Cheese Boards
The art of hosting lies in the details, and a beautifully arranged cheese board is a true work of art. Invest in a selection of elegant and unique cheese boards that showcase the beauty of your cheeses. Opt for natural materials like marble or wood, which provide a timeless and sophisticated backdrop for your culinary delights. Arrange the cheeses with delicate cheese knives and garnish with fresh fruits, nuts, and honeycomb for an irresistible touch of luxury.
A truly luxurious wine and cheese pairing starts with a carefully curated selection of artisanal cheeses. Seek out a variety of flavors and textures, such as creamy Brie, tangy Gorgonzola, and nutty Gouda. For an added touch of elegance, include a selection of goats' and sheep's milk cheeses. Visit a local specialty shop or cheese monger to discover unique and flavorful options.
3. Perfectly Pair Wines for Effortless Sophistication
A sensational wine selection is the key to a memorable wine and cheese celebration. Consider the flavor profiles of your cheeses and select wines that complement and enhance their unique characteristics. For example, a bold Cabernet Sauvignon pairs wonderfully with aged Cheddar, while a crisp Sauvignon Blanc harmonizes with creamy Camembert. Impress your guests with a well-researched wine list that showcases your refined taste and discerning palate.
4. Create a Luxurious Atmosphere
Hosting a wine and cheese celebration is an opportunity to create a truly luxurious ambiance. Set the mood with soft lighting using candles or ambient lighting fixtures. Incorporate elegant table linens, such as fine linen or silk, to add a touch of opulence. Pay attention to the small details by using luxurious wine glasses and exquisite cheese knives that reflect your impeccable taste. Engage your guests' senses with a carefully curated playlist that complements the sophisticated atmosphere.
If you have the luxury of time, plan a trip to one of the following renowned hotels -- each is known for its artistry of cheeses and wines, as well as its opulent atmospheres.
- Château de la Resle in Burgundy
- Château Troplong Mondot in St-Emilion
- La Maison d’Estournel in Bordeaux
- Villa La Coste in Provence
- Capofaro in Sicily
- Castello di Ama Gaiole in Tuscany
- Schloss Plars in South Tyrol
- Abadia Retuerta le Domaine in Ribera del Duero
- Hotel Bodega Tío Pepe in Jerez
- Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Rioja
5. Knowledge is the Ultimate Accessory
The mark of a truly refined host is their knowledge of the products they offer. Take the time to learn about the cheeses and wines you are serving, and share your knowledge with your guests. Research the origins, production methods, and tasting notes of each cheese and wine. Leave no stone unturned in your quest for knowledge, and you will effortlessly guide your guests through a delightful and educational journey of flavors.
On National Wine and Cheese Day, let your hosting skills shine with our five tips for celebrating this indulgent pairing with style. Elevate your presentation, select exquisite cheeses, curate a formidable wine list, set the stage with a luxurious atmosphere, and empower yourself with knowledge. With these elegant touches, you're guaranteed to create a memorable experience that will leave your guests in awe and longing for their next invitation to your curated gatherings. Cheers to the perfect blend of sophistication and indulgence!