Host a Holiday Vino con Vista Wine and Cheese Tasting Party

English: Goat's milk cheese

English: Goat’s milk cheese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photo of a vineyard in the Loire Valley, France.

Photo of a vineyard in the Loire Valley, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

French red wine from the Loire Valley region o...

French red wine from the Loire Valley region of Chinon. Predominately Cabernet franc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are planning a party, you may be interested in some of my favorite wine and cheese pairings.

Wine and goat cheese are a wonderful combination; I have included 3 goat cheese selections.

Cheeses

Cheeses (Photo credit: Smabs Sputzer)

Take the cheese out of the refrigerator and unwrap the pieces to bring them to room temperature; this will fully develop their flavor. Present them on separate cheese boards or plates with one cheese knife for each variety. Displaying their names on a card near the board. Use glass domes for exceptionally fragrant, ripe cheeses so they don’t overwhelm the less fragrant selections.

Variety of cheeses on serving platter

Variety of cheeses on serving platter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Here are some of my favorite wine and cheese pairings for you to try:

Vineyard near the French wine region of Chinon...

Vineyard near the French wine region of Chinon in the Loire Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Le Chevre Noir goat cheese is hard and crumbly and pairs with a Chinon Loire Valley red wine. Aged chevre, typically dry, rich and intense, also works with classic heavy reds like Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chevre Noir

Chevre Noir (Photo credit: Renée S.)

Chevre Noir

Chevre Noir (Photo credit: euqus)

A wine cave in the Loire Valley wine region of...

A wine cave in the Loire Valley wine region of Chinon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Loire Valley

Loire Valley (Photo credit: lightmagic)

Chevreau a flan de coline

Chevreau a flan de coline (Photo credit: Erminig Gwenn)

Drunken Goat was a farmhouse accident. A wheel of chesse rolls into a barrel of wine and the rest is history. This semi-pasteurized goat cheese is from Spain’s Mediterranean Coast. It pairs with a smooth Spanish Red Tempranillo.

Tempranillo varietal wine bottle and glass, sh...

Tempranillo varietal wine bottle and glass, showing colour Shot with Nikon D70s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Truffle Tremor pasteurized goat cheese from Cypress Grove Creamery is made with black truffles. It pairs with a fruity Pinot Noir.

Comte cow cheese from Fort Saint Antoine in the Jura Mountains. Comte pairs with a big chewy California Cabernet Sauvignon red wine. Buy some Kronos Vineyard Napa Valley Corison if you can.

Corison

Corison

Happy Holidays from Vino con Vista

Happy Holidays from Vino con Vista

Thirty minutes before guests arrive, uncork the wine to give them time to aerate and develop their flavors and bouquets.

English: Cropped image of Cabernet Sauvignon g...

English: Cropped image of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Hedges Vineyards in Red Mountain, Washington. Photo taken August 28th, 2007 with a Kodak z650 camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add some grapes, olives, pears, cured meats, breads, crackers, plain almonds and cashews and dried fruits like figs, dates and apricots to your table. Use your treasured holiday corkscrews and dishware!

Distribute antlers and hats to your friends for the event!!

Holiday Party

Holiday Party

If you are hosting a seasonal party, cover your serving table with your favorite seasonal table cloth. Make a fabulous holiday centerpiece with candlesticks: http://youtu.be/8aMRzDHYgb0. I prefer my crystal candlesticks with silver candles. Crank up the holiday music and enjoy the party.

Vintage Ornament Center Piece

Vintage Ornament Center Piece

Leave room for Holiday Cookies.

Club 2014 xmas 020

Club 2014 xmas 021

Happy Holidays from www.vino-con-vista.com

Goat cheese from Berry, France

Goat cheese from Berry, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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