Home entertaining is a part of the holidays and, if you’re like me, a charcuterie board (and wine) is a must for any get-together! I visit my friends at Houston Life at KPRC and share some hacks for home entertaining with simple cheese and wine pairings, plus a recipe that transforms your leftover cheese into a simple dip. Watch the segment here.
To go with your younger and lighter cheeses, I like this Count Karolyi Grüner Veltliner. It’s very refreshing with a lot of acidity, which will cut through the creaminess of the cheese. It’s dry with a touch of lemon and spices, and tastes of white peach, grapefruit, rose and apricot. $15
Sauvignon Blancs go so well with goat cheese. The Layer Cake Sauvignon Blanc is bright and citrusy with a clean and crisp finish. The acidity in the wine matches the acidity in the cheese. $15
Strong cheeses like gorgonzola and blue cheese need a strong wine like a classic Cabernet. The H3 Cabernet from Columbia Crest in Washington state is a bargain! It has notes of dark cherries and blackberries mixed with vanilla from the oak barrels. $11
A fool-proof bottle that pairs with just about anything is a sparkling wine. The Terre de Villelongue Crémant de Limoux ($20) delivers fresh citrus on the nose, followed by crisp lemon and apple. The Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition Rioja ($17) is another one that is great with many kinds of cheese. It’s full-bodied, while also being lively and fruity.
As always, thank you to our good friends at KPRC Click2Houston! You can find all of these picks at your local H-E-B or online at HEB.com. Don’t forget: Get 10% off your entire purchase when you buy six or more bottles!