How to throw a Wine & Cheese Party

Ideas for fabulous wine and cheese parties are endless...and simple.

Ideas for fabulous wine and cheese parties are endless...and simple. They lend themselves to the recently most popular way of dining: small plates, or dining by snacking. They satisfy the urge for armchair travelling and treasure hunting. They encourage conversation. You can be as elaborate or as simple as you desire. 

In the history of the food world, no one invented wine, cheese, or bread. They all “just happened,” all natural products transformed by fermentation into incredible edibles! So for millennia, humans have been eating and celebrating with bread, wine and cheese. Poets praise them. And we continue to seek out the best of them, savor them, and serve them to our friends! Now, grocery stores offer a magnificent array of fine imported and domestic cheese - sheep’s milk, cow’s milk, and goat’s milk cheeses, from soft and runny to hard and crumbly. 


Hosting a Wine & Cheese Party 

is easy and allows you to be inventive. Choose six different types of cheese or focus on the cheeses of one country; a variety of wines; a crusty French bread and some crackers. Then play with items that complement the cheeses. Pair up some wines, and encourage the guests to experiment with their own pairings. Make sure you ask people what they like best.

  • Cheddar cheeses like chutney or slices of crisp apple. PAIR with Medium Dry Riesling or Chenin Blanc. 
  • Blue cheeses like a drizzle of honey, pear jam or sliced fresh pears. PAIR with Late Harvest Riesling or Port. 
  • Goat cheeses like olives or bruschetta. PAIR with Sauvignon Blanc. 
  • Brie or Camembert (ripening cheeses) like dried Apricots and dried cranberries. PAIR with Chardonnay or Champagne. 
  • Gruyère or Emmenthal— Swiss Alpine style cheeses-like walnuts or toasted almonds. PAIR with Cotes-du-Rhone Red or Beaujolais. 
  • Parmigiano Reggiano likes thin slices of hard salami or prosciutto. PAIR with Montepulciano or a young Chianti. 


Roz Mayberry

About Roz: During her distinguished career, Roz has served a term as the Retail Representative on the MDA's Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council and Continues to serve on their Promotion & Education and Competition Committees. In addition, she has served as a judge in various national and international wine competitions.

Working with D&W's wine stewards and SpartanNash's vendor partners, Roz tirelessly explores the vast world of wine, discovering the finest wines for every budget and every taste. And she loves to discuss food and wine with customers and colleagues. As a lifelong foodie, there is nothing else she'd rather be doing.