Wine and cheese can form a perfect union when properly combined. Don't know what to pair with Zamarono or Gruyere? Just browse our extensive list of cheeses to find the winning pairing for your next gathering. Learn how to make successful wine and cheese pairings for your next gathering. Leave your comments on what has worked well for you and what has not.
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The cheese board is the platform used for presenting the cheese selections as well as the accompaniments. Technically the cheese board can be a large cutting board, a slab of marble, granite, slate or even a large platter. Depending on the setting you may want to offer individual boards if you have them available.
The board should be placed in a communal area so that guests can approach the board from any side to allow easy access. Alternately you may want to consider preparing individual cheese plates with a sampling of three or four types of cheeses and accompaniments. This actually makes for a slightly more civilized cheese tasting allowing your guests to focus on the offering rather than making them hover over a communal board.
Our California agriculture has taken a beating this last year or so due mostly to our West Coast water issues but there is good news on the wine front. Wine Spectator reviewed over 450 Chardonnay wines from the 2012 crop (I wonder how you get that job?) and doled out scores of over 90 points for more than 27% of the wines reviewed.
There seems to be wine to fit any budget. You can pick up a Smoking Loon Chardonnay California Steelbird Unoaked 2012 , 89 points for an amazing $8.00 a bottle. Or, for the wine connoisseur, you may want to try the Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley The Judge 2011 for $175.00 which weighed in at 94 points. The whole list averages at $44.00 a bottle.
Some of these wines may be hard to find locally but most are available online from a variety of sources.
Other highlights from the list include:
You can view the whole list at Winespectator.com