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The holiday season is almost here, and festive gatherings are already filling up my agenda. I’m so excited to attend holiday parties this year, but I’m even more excited to host my own. There’s something about getting your friends and loved ones together in the chilliest season that makes this time of year the best of all.
Every year I love dressing up for big holiday bashes, but some of my favourite gatherings are with a small group of friends where we chat and indulge in mouth-watering food and drink. If you have friends like mine, who love a good charcuterie platter and delicious wine, I’m giving you my best tips on how to throw a charcuterie and wine holiday party this season. From selecting the perfect vino to personalizing your charcuterie fixings, it’s clear to see that this duo is perfect for holiday gatherings. Here are 5 tips to make your charcuterie and wine party a success!
1) Personalize the Charcuterie Platter
One thing I love so much about a charcuterie board is that you can completely personalize it to the fixings you and your guests love most. And you can provide a range of options. Does one of your friends love blue cheese while another can’t stand it? Put blue cheese on the board, along with another cheese your other friend enjoys. I like to have a variation of meats and cheeses, crackers and baguette slices, and olives and raspberries make for a festive and delicious touch!
2) Prepare the Charcuterie Ahead of Time
The last thing you want is to be stuck putting together the charcuterie while your guests are walking in the door. The great thing about a charcuterie board is that it’s relatively quick to put together, so I would suggest getting started on it about half an hour to 45 minutes before your guests arrive. This gives you some time in case they arrive early and it also gives you lots of time to cut, chop and place the fixings on the board. Of course, this will also depend on how many guests you have and the foods you’re using. If you have lots of things to cut up, give yourself more time.
3) Choose Your Wine Wisely
When you’re bringing people together, you want to make sure the wine you’re serving is exceptional quality and easy to drink with the charcuterie. Sterling Vintner’s Collection wine checks all the boxes. The Sterling Vintner’s Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect blend of blackberry, plum and vanilla, and goes down so smoothly. A silky red wine is the perfect pairing for the rich and flavourful fixings of a charcuterie, and it’s also ideal for the holiday season. I love reds all year around, but during the winter, a full-bodied red wine is exactly what I crave!
For the Sterling Vintner’s Cabernet Sauvignon wine in particular, you should decant it or let it air in the open for about half an hour before drinking for best taste. So right before you put the charcuterie together, pour the wine to let it air. Your guests will appreciate your prep work so they can start sipping and eating right away!
4) Play Music
A good soundtrack always adds a good vibe to a party, no matter how big or small. Whether you stick with the holiday theme for your music, or choose to play something other than holiday tunes, music brings a sense of livelihood to any party. Even if you and your guests are chatting, some soft music in the background is always a nice touch.
5) Keep it Small
Charcuterie and wine gatherings are best for around 4 to 6 people. I love small holiday get togethers because it gives you a chance to really get to talk to your guests while you’re all indulging in delicious food and wine. This also means you don’t have to spend your entire pay cheque on cheese and vino. Buy enough so that you can refill the board and glasses a few times when they run low, but there’s no need to run yourself dry at an already expensive time of year! Plus, you can also ask your guests to bring any extras they may want.
Are you thinking of throwing a charcuterie and wine party this year? Have you tried Sterling Vintner’s Collection wine? What do you think?And if you’re looking for more ideas for giving and gifting with Sterling Vintner’s Collection, visit the social hub for some holiday inspiration!