For a little while now I have been wanting to get a group of friends together and have a wine and cheese party. Last week I finally planned it. I had each person bring one white and one red of their choice and also a block of cheese. I was in charge of pairing the desserts. Another person was in charge of the apps; meat tray, crab dip, etc. And someone else brought fruit. In total there were six of us... And twelve bottles of wine.
I remembered seeing an idea somewhere about these kind of parties involving black paper and metallic pens to write on it. Probably Pinterest if I had to guess. Anyways I bought some black poster board and Sharpie metallic pens and got to work. I labeled all of the cheese and wrote underneath what wine it was supposed to pair best with. The Chevre turned out to probably be my favorite. At the end we scored the cheese with a point system. Sort of like the wine points system. Each person scored the different cheeses from 6-1. Six being the highest. At the end we add all of the point up per cheese to see the winner. The chevre came in first with 26pts and the rosemary and olive oil asiago came in last with 5pts. For any one thinking about having a wine and cheese party I would recommend buying some pepper jelly (found with the fancy cheese in Krogers) Its delish.
For dessert I made a key lime pie, and I grilled peach halves and filled the middle with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Later in the night we had a huge bonfire in my back yard and I brought out smores to be eaten with red wine. All in all we had such an awesome time.
And yes, all twelve bottles were consumed that night.