I love to throw elaborate parties but sometime a quick get together is in order and a wine & cheese party is a perfect excuse to host a few friends on a whim! Putting together a tasting party barely takes any more effort than throwing out some chips and pop for your guests, and trust me, it is way more fun!
Last week, I threw my own wine and cheese night, and it was a total hit! We got a chance to try some of the winning cheeses from the 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix (a major event that happens every 2 years) and they were beyond delicious. It was also super fun to read about the different notes and flavors in each cheese before we tasted them. With all the busyness in our lives, it was so refreshing to stop and actually taste the complexities in each bite instead of rushing through eating to get to the next task on our list!
Interested in hosting your own wine and cheese night?
Here’s what you will need:
Make sure to get several different kinds. You will definitely want to include a soft cheese, an aged hard cheese and something a little moldy for your more adventurous friends to taste! Most important is to make sure you have variety and don’t be afraid to try something new! I was worried that everyone would like the same kind of cheese and I would end up with tons of leftover cheese that no one liked, but I was actually very surprised that everyone had a different favorite cheese. (My absolute favorite was a cheese called Handeck, while my sister loved this year’s Grand Prix cheese “Laliberte”)
* fresh fruit – grapes are classic, but berries and cut apples also work well!
* bread & crackers – try a crusty baguette and some crackers with dried fruit baked into them!
* a handful of nuts – my favourite is pecans, so I had to include some!
* a tasty sweetener like honey or jam – great for drizzling over stronger cheeses like a tasty blue!
From here, all you need to do, is call a few friends and dig in! Have you ever attended a tasting party? Make sure to let me know in the comments! Also, if you have a favourite wine or cheese, let me know… I love trying new flavours! Enjoy your weekend everyone 🙂