Wine, Cheese and Charcuterie Guide

Wine Party Guide

Building Your Board

Create a statement and wow guests with a beautiful tablescape of delicious wine, cheese and charcuterie. Enjoy these quick tips and ideas on what types of cheese and charcuterie to offer. Most importantly, have fun and be adventurous when setting your party table.

"You should always include a variety of textures, techniques and flavor profiles"
- Taylor Boetticher, Fatted Calf

Building Your Board

Be Adventurous

In addition to offering the safer choices, include a few unknown cheeses and charcuterie to broaden your guests' horizons

MIX & MATCH

Individual platters may feature similar items, such as hard cheeses or sausages, or feature recommended pairings to help guide guests. Place accompaniments next to items they pair well with, thus providing guidance to your guests.

VARIETY

Offer 3-4 different types of wine, cheese and charcuterie that vary in flavor, allowing guests to explore and discover their favorites.

COLOR & TEXTURE

Select food items that vary in texture, from the firm sausages to the smoother pâté to the crusty breads. Create visual appeal by grouping items so that they contrast in color.

FLAVORS

Offer a range of flavors, including smoky, spicy, salty, sweet, and tart, allowing guests to mix and match combinations.

KEEP IT CLEAN

Avoid crowding strong cheeses and charcuterie together so the flavors don't mix. Offer different glasses for red and white wines, so that guests may try different types without blending varietals.

Wine, Cheese and Charcuterie

Board Essentials

Charcuterie

Pepperoni, Proscuitto, Speck, Jamón , Salami Piccante, Chorizo

Cheeses

Ricotta, Brie, Fontina, Cheddar, Gouda, and Gorgonzola

Bread & Crackers

Simple, crusty breads and plain crackers. Avoid flavored breads

Fruit

Pears, apples, grapes, figs, oranges, melons, pomegranate, and dried fruit

Olives

Black and green olives, washed of their brine and dressed as is customary

Nuts

Toasted and raw almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts

Chutneys & Condiments

Fruit spreads, chutneys, mustard

Honey

Explore local honey or honey from different flower sources

Pickled Items

Pickled fruit and vegetables