Accompaniments are crucial to the success of your wine, cheese, and charcuterie tasting. Experiment with the textures and flavors to look for complimentary and contrasting flavors to find what you like.
- Jill Giacomini Bash, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company
Simple, crusty breads and plain crackers are the best choice. Avoid flavored crackers and breads that may overpower or compete with the wine, cheese and charcuterie.
Fresh fruits like pears, apples, grapes, figs, oranges, melons, and pomegranate make great pairings. Add dried fruit to your platter for a wider range of flavor. Use the fruit to enjoy with your cheese and charcuterie, and help identify notes and flavors of the wine.
Include a variety of black and green olives, washed of their brine and dressed as is customary for their particular type and region of origin. Pickled fruit and vegetables offer a tangy flavor that helps cut through the richness of the meat.
Toasted and raw almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts are a fantastic addition to your plate, as they help bring out the notes in the cheeses and charcuterie.
The sweetness of chutneys and fruit spreads helps to contrast the tangy and salty flavor of the cheese and charcuterie. Mustard makes an excellent pairing with charcuterie.
The complex flavors of honey make it a fantastic accompaniment for many cheeses.