A wine and cheese party is a great way to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Wine and cheese parties don’t have to be fancy or intimidating, and they don’t have to take a lot of planning, either. Here are some simple ways to host an impromptu wine and cheese party that can be put together in a day! Dairy free options too.
You know I love wine, #winocotter was a trending last year. Kidding, kinda. But in all honesty, if you know me, you know i APPRECIATE wine because of the science (wine making science nerd here) and pairing aspect it brings to good food! So ya, this post makes me a wee bit giddy! But have no fear because even if you’re not a wine person, you might learn something. Like say… what wine to serve at party when you don’t drink wine but are hosting a wine and cheese party?! Or how in the world do I make a charcuterie board or cheese board that goes with everything, not just wine? Or… what are some vegan options for wine and cheese parties?
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If you like getting together with friends and family for good food and wine or cocktails (in moderation) during the holidays but you’re not a planner, you will LOVE hosting a wine and cheese party! I mean, there’s just something about slowing sipping on a glass of wine while feasting on delicious cheeses and easy appetizers that don’t require ANY cooking! Just organizing food ona pretty little board, making it look fancy without effort.
Case and point. …
Wine and Cheese Party Must-Haves
Aside of the wine, which I’ll get to in a minute, you will want to serve a few different types of cheese (even vegan cheeses) and some easy appetizers that pair well with wine.
Does it matter the season? Fall, Winter, Spring? Mmmm, if you’re a true foodie (
snob) maybe, but for impromptu, ALL FOOD is welcome!
What foods go with wine?
To throw an impromptu party, you won’t want to spend time preparing food. Think simple foods (REAL FOODS) that don’t require any cooking or baking. I like to build a cheese board to serve everything from. You can even build on different cheese boards to go with different types of red wines, sparkling wines, and white wines!
Here are a few ideas:
- sweet pickles such as cornichon
- rice crackers and herbed gluten free crackers (these paleo crackers are my favorite).
- candied trail mix
- walnuts, almonds,and candied nuts
- fresh fruit like grapes, pomegranate, and apple slices
- dried figs and apricots
- marinated olives
- dark chocolate and berries (all kinds)
- honey sweetened jams and pepper jelly
- hummus and other dipping sauces like mustards or red pepper
- Artisan meats (I prefer the less processed uncured meats like Creminelli). Plus they have snack packs!
- simple sweets – no bake cake bites, lemon macadamia nut cookies or any gluten free (healthier) store bought sweets. (My weakness –> these Enjoy Life Foods vanilla cookies)
- Herbs and pretty flowers, just for kicks!
And, of course, a variety of cheeses that go with wine. I should also note, that light berry fragrant Rosé and Sparkling White wine are just about good with ALL THE THINGS. In my my humble opinion. Either way, they are ARE A MUST at wine and cheese parties. Why? Because these lightly sweet wines are the perfect “intro” wine to those who may not be frequent wine connoisseurs. Aka wine newbies. I say that with no snobby wine face. Mmm k?
Cheeses that go with wine:
Salty, hard cheeses pair well with wine, and so do soft cheeses. Again, an improptu wine and cheese party should be easy to prepare, so don’t feel like you need to serve all of these.
- Gouda – the perfect pairing with Cabernet
- Aged cheddar – lovely with Malbec
- Manchego – try this one with a sparkly wine. Also, this is a sheep milk based cheese ( great for those sensitive to cow’s milk cheeses).
- Ricotta – goes well with Riesling
- Parmesan – delicious with a bubbly Prosecco
- Gruyere – a love fest with Chardonnay
- Brie – goes well with many wines, but my favorite is Merlot
- Bleu cheese – pairs well with a Pinot Noir or a sweet Port
- Feta – a bright red or dry Rose, slightly sweet wine is perfect with salty feta
If you’re looking for beautiful round block cheeses to fancy it up, I highly recommend Emmi Cheese!
VEGAN or DAIRY FREE OPTIONS– Can we Say YAY for real food based vegan cheese?! Yes we can! These are my favorite vegan cheese to serve on cheese boards.
- Kite Hill – Cream cheese or ricotta
- Daiya Block Cheese
- Or if you’re looking for a more cheddar like Vegan/Paleo cheese dip, try my vegan queso. You can definitely fancy it up to make it wine and cheese party worthy. (like replace the salsa with red pepper jelly).
Tip for BUILDING A CHARCUTERIE or CHEESE BOARD – Focus on colors and combos. Ex: Orange and red (meats and fruit and crackers). Greens and yellows (pickles, olives, dips, nuts.). Throw it all together now and garnish with a herbs and flowers.
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Here are some simple ways to host an impromptu wine and cheese party that can be put together in a day! Dairy free options too.
- sweet pickles such as cornichon
- Arrangement of crackers and herbed gluten free crackers (these paleo crackers are my favorite).
- 2 -3 small bowls of nuts such as marcona almonds and candied nuts
- Fresh fruit like grapes, pomegranate, apple and/or orange slices
- Dried figs and apricots
- Marinated spanish olives
- 1 to 2 bars (broken into pieces) of rich dark chocolate
- Fresh berries (1 or 2 pint containers)
- Small bowls to fill with preserves and pepper jelly
- hummus and other dipping sauces like mustards or red pepper sauce
- An assortment of Artisan meats – prosciutto, salami, (I prefer the less processed uncured meats like Creminelli). Plus they have snack packs! You could even add smoked salmon for meat free option
- Garnishes of Herbs, mini pumpkins, and pretty flowers, just for kicks!
- Other optional adds ons –
A few Cheese suggestions:
- Wedge of regular or smoked Gouda – great with red wine
- Aged cheddar – mini rounds work well to pair with crackers
- Wedges of Parmesan
- Manchego – a sheep milk cheese (for those sensitive to cow’s milk)
- Brie with honey
- Feta blocks (broken up to spread around board)
MORE CHEESE SUGGESTIONS with WINE PAIRINGS ON BLOG POST
VEGAN or DAIRY FREE OPTIONS–
- Arrange onto one large cheese board or 2-3 smaller boards. Marble or Wooden boards are more festive!
- Focus on colors and combos. Ex: Orange and red (meats and fruit and crackers). Greens and yellows (pickles, olives, dips, nuts.). Throw it all together now and garnish with a herbs and flowers.
- Serve with a variety of wine and sparkling wines!
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Have you ever thrown a wine and cheese party? What are you tips? Do share!