Say Cheese!

My friend and I went to Newport, RI last week for a little overnight getaway. Our first stop was Newport Vineyards. Their tasting room is gorgeous and they have a cafe that serves delicious food. We ordered the cheese plate pictured above. Their grapes were planted 30 years ago so their wines have a complex nature also due to the unique growing climate.

After our tasting, we walked next door to the the cafe and purchased a glass to enjoy with our cheese plate. It got me thinking about how important presentation can be. These cheeses and jams and bread could have just been thrown on a plate but they presented everything nicely on a cheese board.

If you’re new to wine and you’re looking into hosting some parties in your home, do yourself a huge favor and invest a small amount of money in an interesting cheese board.

It’s easy to present a lovely cheese board with very little effort. Start off with some water crackers. I like Carr’s because they are affordable and easy to eat with red or white wine. Purchase a few different cheeses like brie, camembert, goat cheese, and havarti. Scatter large chunks of cheese around the cheese board with the water crackers and some grapes, a few different types of jam and some nuts.

Buy several different bottles of wine depending on how many people will be attending. At a stand up party, guests typically consume about 2 glasses of wine per hour and one standard bottle usually yields about 4 glasses.

If you have a large home, it is a good idea to prepare a few of these cheese boards and place them in different areas. An open floor plan works well for this. You can have one on the kitchen counter, one or two on the kitchen table, one or two in the living room, etc.

Clean up is a breeze. I wouldn’t necessarily put bamboo in the dishwasher. Handwash the boards and then let them air dry. You can condition them with mineral oil to extend the life of bamboo wood.


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