Wine and cheese, cheese and wine. We think this is a perfect pair and because we’ve had some practice creating cheese platters to enjoy with our wine, we thought we’d give you our top tips to take your platters to the next level. We’ve even included a shopping list for you!
1.Select a platter to put all of your delicious ingredients on before you start assembling. This can be your favourite glass plate, wooden board, ceramic or concrete slab or get creative and use the whole table! Make sure it’ll have enough space to fit everything before you start assembling.
2. Now choose your cheese! As cheese lovers, sometimes this is the hardest part but we think three varieties of cheese is a good start depending on how big your platter is. We usually choose a soft, creamy cheese like Brie, a hard cheese like Cheddar and a Blue cheese. You can always add other varieties like Goat’s Feta, smoked cheese or flavoured/herbed cheese if you’re feeling adventurous. It is entirely up to you and what your guests like. Evenly position your cheeses around the platter so they are accessible to everyone around the table.
3. Add your dips next. Our go to dip options are Beetroot Hummus or Pumpkin dips as these are bright, vibrant and very tasty. We prefer to empty the dips into smaller bowls so the containers they come in don’t overpower the platter.
4. Add your fruit as this creates pops of colour and gives the platter some fresh options! Kiwi fruit, strawberries, oranges, raspberries, grapes and blueberries are great as they are colourful and aren’t messy. Position your fruit around the platter, making sure juice from the oranges won’t leak into the cheeses or crackers.
5. Add deli meats like salami, shaved ham, prosciutto or kabana. Scatter your meats around the platter, making sure they are separate from the fruit. If you prefer not to include meats on your platter, marinated olives, capers, artichokes, pickles and sun-dried tomatoes are great options too!
6. Fill in the gaps with crackers or bread or both! Our favourite choice of crackers are Fig and Pecan crackers because they have lots of flavour and add texture to the platter. It’s also good to include plain crackers or gluten free crackers. For bread, you can use baguettes, pumpkin bread and sour dough.
Now that you have your main ingredients on your platter, it should be looking great! This is where the fun begins. Scatter around whatever you have leftover. We use nuts, dried fruit like apricots, honey pots and chocolate. These are not only delicious but make your platter look full and irresistible! Fill in all the gaps with whatever you like, add some cheese knives and voila, you just became a platter professional.
Things to remember:
Don’t focus too much on your platter looking symmetrical or neat.
Be creative, have fun and let the foods do the talking.
Choose foods you enjoy and don’t forget to take photos and send them through to us!
- 3 x Cheeses
- Crackers or bread
- 3 types with different colours
- Deli meats
- Dried apricots
If you wanted a great wine to have with the cheese platter why not try the Wild Ferment Fiano?