How to Host an Impromptu Wine and Cheese Party

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!

Wine and Cheese Party Must-Haves

Aside of the wine, you will want to serve a few different types of cheese (even vegan cheeses) and some easy appetizers that pair well with wine.

What foods go with wine?

To throw an impromptu party, you won’t want to spend time preparing food. Think simple foods that don’t require any cooking or baking. We 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:

Snacks and appetizers that pair well with both a light red wine (like a fruity Pinot Noir) or a white wine like a caramel tasting Chardonnay!

  • sweet pickles such as cornichon

  • rice crackers and herbed gluten free crackers

  • 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

  • Herbs and pretty flowers for decoration

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 everything.

Cheeses that pair well 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

  • Ricotta – goes well with Riesling

  • Parmesan – delicious with Prosecco

  • Gruyere – a love fest with Chardonnay

  • Brie – goes well with many wines, including Merlot

  • Feta – a bright red or dry Rose, slightly sweet wine is perfect with salty feta

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.

For a perfect night with no glass shattering, don't forget your The Drop It wine cups.

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