One of my favorite ways to host is to have a wine and cheese night. It takes the stress out of having people over because there’s almost no prep and all you need is a platter or cheese board, wine glasses, and (if you want to get fancy) some tags or labels for the cheese. You can dress it up or keep it simple, and with the cooler weather we’ve been having lately, the front porch is the perfect place to gather. For styling inspiration for your porch party, check out my porch party style round-up here.
It’s hard to go wrong with wine and cheese, but with so many to choose from it helps to have a little guidance. For our pasta workshop last weekend, I called in the experts from Broadway Wine Merchants to select the perfect wine pairings for our cheese board. Owner David Lack opened up shop at 8th and Broadway in Automobile Alley in 2008, stocking a vast and unique collection of wines, liquors and craft beer. I love Broadway Wine because they have a great selection, a very knowledgable staff, and the best customer service. If you call ahead and let them know what you need, they’ll even bring your order out to the car so you don’t have to go in if you’re in a hurry–or if, like me, you’re a mom with small children who can’t go into a wine shop.
To host your own wine and cheese party, use our pairings or pick your favorite cheeses and call (405.231.0031) or stop Broadway Wine Merchants at 824 N. Broadway Ave to have them choose some pairings for you.
Produce in California by Cypress Grove, Humboldt Fog is a creamy goat’s milk cheese with a distinctive line of edible ash in the middle and a soft rind. It’s similar to a brie, but with more tang.
Gorgonzola is an Italian blue cheese, made with pasteurized cow’s milk. It has a rich flavor and creamy texture, with blue veining throughout. Younger cheeses are “Dolce”–sweeter and more mild–while older cheeses are labeled “Natuale” or “Piccante” and have a sharper flavor and more intense aroma.
A hard, dry Italian cheese with a rich, sharp flavor and natural saltiness, Parmigiano Reggiano (or simply parmesan) is named for the main regions in Italy where it is produced, Parma and Reggio Emilia.
Ricotta is a fresh, soft cheese with a very mild flavor. I like it best on a slice of baguette and drizzled with honey. Try making your own ricotta with this tutorial from Smitten Kitchen–it is surprisingly easy.
Broadway Wine Merchants generously supplied the wine for The Maker’s Table pasta workshop free of charge. Each bottle selected was $10-15 dollars.
Skouras Zoe White 2013 – pair with humboldt fog
This fresh and light white is produced in Greece. Robert Parker calls it “a picnic favorite and great porch sipper in warm weather.” It is lightly fruity, refreshing, and the light acidity really complements the tangy Humboldt Fog.
Lynx The French Connection Shiraz 2011 – pair with gorgonzola naturale
A rich red with notes of black cherry and mocha. Pair a robust red with the more intense flavor of the Gorgonzola Naturale. For the creamier Gorgozola Dolce choose a lighter Pinot Noir or a sweet Riesling.
Straccali Chianti 2012 – pair with parmigiano reggiano
A classic Italian red with notes of cherry and spice. The light, juicy finish provides a nice contrast to the salty Parmesan.
Gelisi Antonio Sangue di Giuda 2013 – pair with ricotta
A frizzante red; light, sweet, fruity and a bit frothy. More of a dessert wine, this was a perfect complement to the sweet cream of the ricotta.
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Wine provided by Broadway Wine Merchants | 824 N. Broadway, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 | www.broadwaywinemerchants.com