Friday, March 20, 2015

Want to host a Pinterest-worthy wine and cheese party? #Skinnygirl

Are you looking for a new wine to add to your growing collection? Are you hosting a gathering with friends and would like some ideas for a great wine and cheese party? We have some amazing tips for your next party and Skinnygirl Cocktails has come up with pairing suggestions to serve inspiration and simplify the party planning!

Party Hosting Tips:
  • Cheesin' - Estimate at least one ounce of each cheese per person. To start, 3 - 5 cheeses and 4 - 6 wines should be the perfect amount.
  • Easy Cheesy - Make a pretty display of a few different cheeses using place cards or a slate cheese tray with the names of each written in chalk.
  • Chalk On Up - Use chalkboard paper or butcher paper to label the wines and pairings. Spread the paper on the table as a runner, and set out chalk/markers to label the wines and draw arrows to suggest pairing ideas.
  • Glam Glasses - Cut squares of chalkboard paper and stick them on wine glasses, or provide plain wine glasses and glass paint for guests to decorate their own. Now they won't worry about which glass is theirs, plus they'll have a fun favor to take home.
  • Don't Break the Bank - Ask each guest to bring a bottle of wine and set a price limit based on your budget. Skinnygirl Wines are delicious AND affordable, ranging from $11.99 - 14.99 each.
  • Nosh and Nibble - In addition to wine and cheese, provide other snacks for guests to enjoy alongside the wine. We like gourmet olives, figs, fresh veggies, prosciutto, spicy salami and fruits such as strawberries, grapes, blueberries, melons and apples.
  • Keeping Order - Work from dry to sweet with white wines, and from light to full-bodied with red wines.

Wine and Cheese Pairing Ideas
  • Fresh Cheese
Cheese - Goat Cheese, Burrata or Feta
Wine - Skinnygirl Rose, Sauvingnon Blanc

Why it works: Delicate milky or tangy soft cheeses pair nicely with light-bodies wines with citrus and floral notes.

  • Mild or Creamy Cheeses
Cheese - Brie, Camenbert, Cheddars, Havarti, Jacks, Double and Triple Cremes
Wine - Skinnygirl Pinot Noir, Skinnygirl Prosecco, Skinnygirl Chardonnay, Beaujolais

Why it works: Soft-ripened cheeses work great with the effervescence and fruit flavors of a Prosecco, and also pair well with the lighter-bodies style of a Pinot Noir.

  • Funky Cheeses
Cheese - Muenster, Fontina, Pecorino or Asiago
Wine - Skinnygirl Pinot Noir, Riesling, Burgandy

Why it works: Pinot Noirs and Rieslings can stand up to stinky cheeses with their fruit flavors and high/juicy acidity.

  • Firmer Aged Cheeses
Cheese - Manchego, Gruyere, Cheddar, Parmesan or Gouda
Wine - Skinnygirl Chardonnay, Skinnygirl Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Dry Sherry

Why it works: Red wines with some tannin, full-bodied whites or sherry work well with flavorful firmer cheeses.

  • Blue Cheeses
Cheese - Roquefort, Stilton or Gorgonzola Dolce
Wine - Skinnygirl Moscato, Skinnygirl Cabernet Sauvignon, California Zinfandels, dessert wines such as sweet sherry and port.

Why it works: Rich dessert wines and full-bodies, fruity California Cabernets or Zinfandels pair nicely with the strong flavor or blue cheese.

So, host that wine and cheese party and impress your friends and family!

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