Hosting a Sophisticated Wine & Cheese Party

Hosting a Sophisticated Wine & Cheese Party

Barbecues and picnics are family-friendly and fun, but sometimes you just want to get together with adults and have a sophisticated evening. Throw a wine and cheese party with your closest friends and let everyone enjoy sampling tasty treats and delicious drinks!

Remember, sophisticated doesn't mean stuffy; let your guests relax and enjoy themselves.  Make it clear that knowledge of wine and cheese is not necessary and that you just want everyone to eat and drink to their heart’s content!

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Start out with a sumptuous sampling of all your favorite cheeses!

Blue Cheese Spread 
Feta Cheese Kabobs
Brie with Caramelized Onion Chutney
Cranberry Pecan Cheddar Cheese Spread
Rich Cheese Platter
Main Courses
Because you’re featuring cheese in the appetizers and side dishes, let your main courses feature other flavorful ingredients.

Pork Loin with Wild Rice and Veggies
Pesto Fettuccine with Chicken
Savory Beef Pot Roast in the Crockpot
Vegetarian Bolognese
Strip Steaks with Sirloin Mushrooms
Side Dishes
Cheese Biscuits
Swiss Cheese Potato Pie
Gorgonzola and Walnut Salad
Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese
Marinated Mozzarella
Rich cheeses can be filling, so make your desserts light and bite-sized!

Lite Lemon Bars
Individual Trifle Sundae Cups
Light as a Cloud Peach Dessert
Blueberry Dessert Bars
Berry Lite Mousse
Allow your guests to taste an assortment of different wines. For white wine, pick a sauvignon blanc, a chardonnay, and a pinot grigio.  For red, choose a shiraz, a cabernet sauvignon, and a merlot.  For those who don’t like wine on its own, mix them up the following wine-based cocktails:

Red Wine Spritzers
Classic Sangria
Fruity Wine Spritzers

Presentation Pointers:
1. Place the various cheese on pretty platters around the room with place cards stating what kind of cheese the dish contains. 

2. Traditionally, when you taste wine, you should spit it out afterwards.  Keep a few buckets or containers around the room for those who’d like to spit their wine out.

3. If you want to make the party a bit more fun, make the wine tasting “blind.”  Cover up the labels of the wine and let guests guess the different kinds.

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