Wine and Cheese: Perfect Pairings

Wine and cheese…it’s a party!

Those of you that know me know that I love my wine. When asked, “red or white?” my response is usually, “yes, please.” But if there’s one thing that I love more than wine…it’s cheese. And I am oh-so-happy that those things go together!

I recently put together a little wine-and-cheese party for some girlfriends. After hitting up Food City’s extensive wine selection and choosing my favorites, I set out to pick the right cheese pairings. Along the way, I learned some tips and thought I’d share them with you!

Sauvignon Blanc  – Mozzarella
Now was my chance to serve one of my favorite appetizers—mini Caprese bites! Just core out some cherry tomatoes completely—get the seeds and juices out of there. Wrap a piece of basil around a mozzarella cube and stuff it into the tomato. Repeat with all the cherry tomatoes and place on a platter. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top, and drizzle balsamic vinegar or glaze…and enjoy with a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc!

Pinot Noir – Brie
By now we were getting a little hungry, so it was a perfect time for my baked brie. Just take a wheel of brie cheese and coat it in a beaten egg. Take crescent roll dough and wrap completely around the wheel of brie. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes on 350 and serve with grapes, crackers, and you guessed it—a glass of Pinot Noir.

Cabernet Sauvignon – Parmesan
I started off with a nice Cabernet Sauvignon and pieces of Sartori’s Bellavitano Raspberry Cheese. Don’t let the name fool you—there is only a hint of raspberry on the rind of this delicious parmesan cheese wedge.

Riesling -Blue Cheese
Sweet wines go really well with salty cheeses—the saltiness of blue cheese really enhances the flavor of the wine. The perfect way to end your wine and cheese tasting party? A glass of Riesling and some blue cheese dates. Just take ½ cup of blue cheese crumbles and ½ cup of softened cream cheese and mix together until smooth. Halve and pit 12 dates, and fill with ½ tsp. of the cheese mixture. Wrap each date with a strip of prosciutto or bacon, and cook in 1 tsp. of oil and 1Tbsp. of water in a pan over low heat, for about 3 minutes.

I hope you’ve enjoyed by short list of perfect wine and cheese pairings and maybe learned a little something too. Make sure to check out Food City’s wine selection for your next party.

What have been some of your favorite wine-and-cheese combos? Share them with us at Facebook.com/FoodCityGrocery!