Nothing impresses more than cheese and sparkling, so grab a group of mates together this Tuesday and celebrate the festive season in style.
Transform your Tuesday from ordinary to extraordinary with our simple ideas for hosting a cheese party with an Insta worthy cheese platter paired with a glass of Minchinbury sparkling. We guarantee that these cheese board ideas will blow your guests away.
Okay, let’s talk about cheese. It’s fundamental that your cheeses are rich in variety and flavour. Try to mix it up with about three to five, but here are some ideas:
Fresh cheese: this cheese is moist, creamy and mild. Try chevre or Humboldt fog. We also highly recommend getting your hands on the Yarra Valley Dairy’s Saffy. It’s a fresh cow’s milk cheese that is marinated in olive oil, garlic, lemon rind, cumin seeds and saffron. This type of cheese goes well with stronger flavoured sparkling that have a bit of kick to them, like the Minchinbury Prestige.
Rind cheese: these cheeses tend to exude tones of mushroom and butter. Our faves are camembert and brie. Guess what? They work a treat with the Minchinbury Moscato.
Semisoft cheese: you’ll be hit with more earthy tones with this cheese variety and we suggest buying Morbier or Fontina. This earthy tones from the cheese fits nicely with the bright and aromatic nose of petals and fresh strawberries from the Minchinbury Blush.
Hard cheese: a cheese platter isn’t complete without our favourite savoury flavours. Be sure to get Gouda or Cheddar. It’s a staple of any platter! However, if you find yourself always buying cheddar, try a French comte instead. It pairs perfectly with a glass of Minchinbury Blush.
Blue cheese: this smelly little boy is unbelievably tasty and can’t be ignored. Try a Roquefort or Stilton. The famous smooth creaminess of this cheese makes the perfect fit with a deliciously fruity sparkling such as the Minchinbury Crisp Classic Brut!
Stick with the French tradition and serve your cheeses in odd numbers- three, five or seven. Be sure to add a drizzle of honey over your cheeses to bring out the flavour tones. Sprigs of rosemary scattered along the board add to the vibrancy.
No cheese platter would be complete without several accompaniments to make the board pop in colour and flavour. Purchase a variety of breads like baguettes, bread sticks and crackers in all different shapes and sizes to appeal to every taste. Add prosciutto, dry cured French sausage and wild boar salami. Sprinkle with clusters of nuts and ta-da, the board is complete!
Be sure that each guest is greeted with a glass of Minchinbury Blush sparkling on arrival and make your ordinary Tuesday pop!