It’s finally Friday and I love having friends and family over for a cocktail! What a great way to kick off a relaxing weekend. One of my favorite things to do is experiment in the kitchen to see how I can mix up my wine and cheese platters. I’ve discovered several tasty recipes that guests (and Disney Puppy) can’t seem to get enough of.
My go-to appetizer plate consist of brie cheese, bleu cheese, honey, water crackers, Triscuits, and Ritz crackers. My favorite Foodie, Phillip, came up with the idea of putting a little bleu cheese on a cracker and then topping it off with a drizzle of honey. It’s so yummy! With Carr’s crackers, we like to add prosciutto and top it off with brie cheese. It’s the perfect combination of savory and salty.
This variety plate suits all diets: if you are a vegetarian you can simply eat the cheese, if you are not a bleu cheese fan you can eat the prosciutto, and if you like it all, you can have all of the above! You can add wasabi nuts on the plate as well to incorporate some spice on the tray.
The cheese plate and knives are important too. It’s about presentation, right? I have a couple of plates I like to use for different gatherings. Some are round and others rectangular, both shapes made of either stone or wood.
via White’s Mercantile (Helpful Hint: put stone in freezer for cheese to stay chilled)
Now the REALLY important part…the wine! Below I have listed out my favorite wines to pair with this popular cheese platter along with brief descriptions of their taste/flavor.
1. Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon has a rich and full-bodied flavor with a velvet finish. It’s from a spectacular region of wine country, Alexander Valley. This wine is one of my favorites and we often pull it out for celebrations or special family gatherings.
2. J Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon is a very balanced table wine. It has similar characteristics to the Jordan Cabernet, but for a lower price point.
3. Silver Oak Unoaked Chardonnay is my favorite white wine. It doesn’t have the oaky taste like a normal Chardonnay, since it’s unoaked. This wine is extremely popular at our gatherings.
4. Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon is my favorite everyday wine. It has notes of currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box. The taste is of ripe red currants, with a medium bodied, bright and juicy flavor. The finish is soft and light.
What is your favorite wine and cheese pairing?? I always love hearing everyone’s different tastes and ideas!
Enjoy your weekend & Cheers!