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.
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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 AssortmentA 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 SamplerA 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 TapasUnique 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.

Also, consider:

  • 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.