Host a Wine and Cheese Party!
It is so nice savor nice wine, quality cheese and other wine bar staples at home with friends!
Honey Ridge Farms makes an award-winning Balsamic Honey Vinegar produced entirely from honey mead. Their honey vinegar can be used in place of balsamic vinegars, so they are terrific as a dipping oil with bread and cheese or in a salad! Because it’s 100% honey, the vinegar is also sulfite-free. With a touch of sweetness and bit of bite, it can be used in any recipe calling for vinegar. We loved using it as a base for salad dressings over spinach salad with fresh strawberries. Portland has an ice cream shop called Salt & Straw; they use it in a honey balsamic strawberry and black pepper combo dessert treat! The possibilities are endless.
Jarlsberg makes a lovely part skim cow’s milk cheese with a sweet and nutty flavor. It was wonderful with red wine but can also be served with lagers or dry white wines. It also has a terrific consistency for baking.
Woolwich Dairy Original Chevrai and Triple Crème Goat Brie are ideal for entertaining. Unripened goat cheese is fresh and tangy and our definite favorite of the bunch! Triple Crème Goat Brie is buttery with an earthy finish. Both cheeses are perfect with Belgian beer, wheat beer and white wines.
Nationally available in both supermarkets and warehouse clubs like Costco, these cheeses are ideal because they are true "affordable luxuries". You savor all the premium flavor minus the high price tag.
Need a spread for that bread? Honey Ridge Farms Whipped Honey Cremes come in seven varieties: Lemon, Blackberry, Raspberry, Cranberry, Spiced, Apricot and Clover. The best part? They don't even require refrigeration, so they can be stocked in your pantry. The dairy- and gluten-free honey crèmes are Kosher certified as well. They cap off the wine and cheese session perfectly!
Here are some recipes that feature balsamic and honey that we truly adore:
Honey Grilled Chicken
Honey-Pecan Chicken Thighs
Balsamic-Glazed Filet Mignon