Hosting a wine, cheese and charcuterie party is a great way to explore different wine varietals, cheeses and charcuterie types and the wonderful combinations that they can create. Oberon Wines has everything you need to host an exciting party for you and your friends! Here are a few quick tips and ideas to inspire you.
Wine Party Themes
AROUND THE WORLD
Choose food and wine from various corners of the world. Compare and contrast wines, cheeses and charcuterie to see how their region of origin affects the palate.
WHAT GROWS TOGETHER GOES TOGETHER
Provide wines, cheese and charcuterie from one specific region to see how the flavors complement each other.
PICK A STYLE
Focus on one specific type of wine, cheese or charcuterie and explore the variations between varietal, region, producer, etc.
BYOCC (BRING YOUR OWN CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE)
Ask each guest to bring their favorite cheese, wine or charcuterie to broaden the spectrum of flavors.
Wine Party Planning Tips
SET THE TONE
Will the party be a casual, walk around tasting for guests to explore different pairings? Or will it be a more formal sit down, guided tasting for a more unified experience?
Choose decorations to set the mood. Chalkboard signs, slate or wooden platters, floral arrangements and other details are perfect accents to enhance your party.
SEND THE INVITE
Sending out an invitation is an important step to hosting a successful party. Include the occasion, name and contact details for the host, date and time of the party, location, and if the guests should bring anything.
Buying your wine
Serve 3-4 different wine varietals, allowing guests to mix and match pairings to discover their favorite combinations.
Buying your cheese and charcuterie
Serve 4-5 types of cheeses and charcuterie that offer a variety of texture, age, composition (meat and milk), and appearance. Serve at least 1 traditional cheese and charcuterie for everyone to enjoy. Safe selections are cheddar or gouda for cheese, and prosciutto and salami for charcuterie.
- Wine glasses, cork screws and bottle openers
- Cheese/Charcuterie boards, cheese knives (1 per cheese)
- Serving forks, spoons and knives for jams and spreads
- Plates and/or bowls for accompaniments
- Ice, ice bucket, ice tongs
- Garbage can and bags
- 4-5 different cheeses, including one common variety
- 3-4 wine varietals
- 4-5 different charcuterie, including one common variety
- Assorted accompaniments