Cheese boards….the way to my heart. I am a HUGE lover of cheese. Honestly, I don’t dislike a single type of cheese, and it is my favorite way to start a meal or end a meal. With the holidays coming up, knowing how to build a good board will make you a popular party guest.
And… guess what goes well with cheese?? You got it…WINE! See my favorite way to build a board and my favorite wines to sip on!
Young Manchego (Spanish Sheeps Milk)
This tasty Spanish cheese is made from sheeps milk and has a wonderful sweet and mellow flavor. Firm in texture, Manchego is the perfect cheese to snack on.
Pair with a Tempranillo or a crisp glass of Cava!
Fromager D’Affinois (French Cows Milk)
While it may look like brie, this French cheese is its own variety being produced in the Rhone-Alps and produces an even creamier texture. This double cream cheese is aged for a month and is absolutely divine.
Pair with fruity sparkling wines!
Merlot Bellavitano (Italian Cows Milk)
A mix between a parm and a cheddar, this wheels on this cheese are soaked in Merlot. This technique is called “Ubriaco” or drunken cheese. The flavors of the wine penetrate the cheese and produce flavors of plum and berry that pair perfectly with the buttery cheese.
Pair with any red wine but merlot would be the obvious choice.
A cheese board is only as good as its extras. Some things that I LOVE pairing with cheeses are nuts, fruits, spreads, and cured meats. For this particular board I opted for salty date and almond Raincoast crisps, Turkish apricots, big juicy red grapes, rosemary marcona almonds and a dry Italian salami. Usually I like adding some sort of spread like a fig spread, apple butter or even a pesto!
Thanks to my friends at Murray’s Cheese for helping me pick out some tasty options! What are your favorite cheeses?
EASY + DELICIOUS