Wine lovers usually pair a good bottle of wine with cheese, and for a good reason. The zest and creaminess of the cheese pairs amazingly with the tanginess or bitterness of the wine, which is why they complement each other so well. If you are serving Wisconsin cheddar cheese curds at your wine party, then you must remember to do it right.
Whether the cheese is homemade or store-bought, you have to make sure you will serve these cheese the right way. Here’s a guide you might want to read:
There are different and proper ways to serve hard cheese, which includes the following:
- If you are serving hard cheese, such as gouda or cheddar, bring the cheese to room temperature before deciding on slicing or serving it. The ideal temperature would be at around 72 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure that the flavors will truly come out of the cheese.
- It would be best to serve the cheese on glass or marble plates, as using wood or metal plates can give the cheese kind of an “off taste.”
- Slice the cheese in advance, so your guests would not have a hard time slicing it up on the table. It would be best to serve bite-sized cheese for easy consumption.
- Use a dome-sized cover to keep your cheese from further drying up. Cheese can easily get dried up, especially the hard ones, and most especially if it is placed in a cold room.
- Place a couple of tongs or toothpicks to make it easy for your guests to pick up the cheese for eating.
Soft cheese is extremely delicious, but they can be a bit difficult to serve, especially since they can be way too soft if not stored and served properly. Follow these tips below to make sure your guests will enjoy eating your soft cheese:
- If you are planning on serving paneer or chevre cheese, then chill them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving them. Doing so will prevent the cheese from ripening and separating.
- Use a non-porous bowl or plate when serving your soft cheese. It would be best to opt for a non-porous glass bowl when serving and presenting soft cheese, so get one before your party.
- Always place a cover over your soft cheese to make sure that they will be kept cool. This will also help ensure that bugs and dust won’t come in contact with the cheese.
If you are looking for other types of food to pair with your cheese and wine, then look no other than bread, fruits, and nuts. The yeast in the bread will definitely complement the tanginess of the wine or beer.
When it comes to fruits, apples and pears are amazing for pairing with wine and cheese. Make sure not to choose fruits that will overpower the taste of the cheese, such as grapes and pears, although you can choose to pair these with more pungent and strong-tasting wines if you prefer.