Ultimate Wine and Cheese Party
Host the ultimate wine and cheese party with a few tips from the Giant Eagle® cheesemongers. A classic wine and cheese party brings together strangers, incites conversation, and expands your palate with imported, gourmet, and domestic cheeses.
Mingle through the Cheese Stations
For the ideal atmosphere, set up several cheese "stations" around your home — each featuring two or three cheeses with accompanying breads, crackers, or garnishes. As your guests rotate through the cheese stations, they’ll sample the different wines and cheeses.
- Serve wines that complement each group of cheeses, ideally from the same region as the cheese.
- Make a “guide” to the cheese stations — a simple card or note describing the origins of the wine and cheese, and a suggested path from the mildest cheeses to the strongest.
The following are some suggestions for cheese stations:
- International Assortment — A rich variety of cheeses from across the globe.
- Cheeses: Havarti (Danish); Stilton (English); Bavarian Swiss (German)
- Accompaniments: Figs; toasted walnuts; slices of ripe pear
- Wine: Chardonnay; Sauvignon Blanc
- Italian Sampler — A sample of world-famous milk-based cheeses.
- Cheeses: Fresh Mozzarella; Parmigiano Reggiano; Asiago; Fontina
- Accompaniments: A selection of Italian meats; assorted olives; Tuscany bread
- Spanish Tapas — Unique cheeses served with traditional sides.
- Cheeses: Idiazabal; Manchego; Mahon
- Accompaniments: Spiced almonds; olives; quince jam; Serrano ham
- Wine: Spanish wine or sherry
In the spotlight: how to buy the right amount of cheese
You'll need approximately 3.5 oz. of cheese per adult and 1.75 oz. per child.
- The time of day and the length of your event. Example: If your event spans typical mealtimes, such as noon–3 p.m. or 5 p.m.–8 p.m., figure on 4 ounces of cheese per person. (If you are serving a lot of other foods, you can safely count on 2.5–3 oz. per person.)
- The number of different cheeses to buy. Three to four types of cheeses are ideal — unless your goal is to present a wide variety of cheeses.
- Remember that certain cheeses are more popular than others. If you're serving something you expect to be a favorite, it won't hurt to buy a little extra!
Need more ideas? Ask a cheesemonger in the Cheese Department your neighborhood Giant Eagle. Or see our guide to wine, cheese and olive pairings.