What could be easier, and more fun than a cheese and wine party?!
Here are some tips for success.
There a some basic types of cheese to choose from - one of each will make an excellent platter Don't get more than 3 to 5 varieties however, or their tastes will be overwhelming. For each person, calculate an ounce of each cheese.
1. Blue: The most intense.
Gorgonzola Cashel Blue, Fourme d’Ambert, Roquefort, Stilton.
2. Semifirm: Subtle but rich.
Manchego cave-aged Cheddar, fontina, Garrotxa, Saint-Nectaire.
3. Super-aged: Sharp and nutty.
Parmigiano-Reggiano Asiago, Comté, aged Gouda, aged Gruyère.
4. Pungent: (smelly cheese!)
Taleggio Èpoisses, Langres, Livarot, Pont l’Évêque.
5. Mild: Soft and creamy.
Fresh chèvre Brie, Camembert, Chaource, Robiola.
You will also need some accompaniments like grapes, a crusty baguette or two, some crackers, sun dried tomatoes, some parma ham and some figs, fresh or dried will do! ah yes...pears also make a good accompaniment! Also, some really good butter, maybe a dried sausage or two...well the list can go on and on!
Now for the wine:
Red or white will do as long as they dont clash terribly!
Now the fun!!
set out the cheeses and a platter, decorate with some of the accompaniments. You can also get some chutney to go with the cheese.