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Ideas please: wine and cheese party

afrikando Jun 23, 2008 03:53 PM

The setting: wine and cheese party where guests are invited to contribute a bottle and "a cheese;" event to take place outisde on a (hopefully warm!) July evening. My brain is mush. Help me come up with a fun addition to the festivities. Maybe a crisp, unusual white with a snappy little finger food that can be prepared in advance? Thanks in advance!

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    Leper RE: afrikando Jun 23, 2008 04:23 PM

    Afrikando, Pick up a copy of "The Essential Fingerfood Cookbook." Hundreds of recipes for just such an occasion. As for the wines, I suggest having guests bring wine from the most obscure places known. (I recently had a terrific red wine from Lebanon.)

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      yummers RE: afrikando Jun 23, 2008 08:00 PM

      Since you're asking your guests to bring the wine and cheese, how about some homemade crackers? There are lots of recipes out there, and you can easily provide plenty of variations, with different seeds and spices baked into to multiple batches.

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        afrikando RE: afrikando Jun 24, 2008 11:35 AM

        thanks for the suggestions. to clarify, i'm a guest--not the host.

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          zoogrrrl RE: afrikando Jun 24, 2008 08:13 PM

          afrikando -- if you live near wallingford or pike place mkt, pick up some great cheese at bella cosa (wallingford) or delaurentis (the market), my two favorite places to buy cheese. Both can also give good wine recommendations. If you don't go obscure, you might try local!

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            mrnelso RE: zoogrrrl Jun 28, 2008 11:18 PM

            Supplier to Delaurenti, and many others, PFI does a great job. Their retail outlet, Big John's PFI, is a trip-and-a-half, with a fabulous cheese case and bulk delights at bargain prices.

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            alitria RE: afrikando Jun 25, 2008 12:07 AM

            I'm a huge fan of a nice Spanish Albarino on warm summer evenings and they seem to please a wide variety of people. If you're in Seattle is hard to go wrong with a cheese from Beecher's.

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              vinosnob RE: alitria Jun 30, 2008 08:54 AM

              Second albarino.

              These two obscure Spanish whites (and slightly frizzy) are perfect for a hot summer evening with a salty finger foods:

              - Txakoli

              And Cava producer Avinyo makes a wine from muscat called Avinyó Vi D'Agulla

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              staffstuff RE: afrikando Jun 26, 2008 08:34 AM

              Vino Verde from Portugal is definitely a 'crisp, unusual white'.

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                myspicekitchen RE: staffstuff Jun 29, 2008 04:30 PM

                The great thing about Vino Verdes is that they are often much lower in alcohol. You can find them in the 9 percent range which means you can drink more wine. Too many wines in the 14 percent range these days, imho. I like to drink wine, not just sip!


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                Chicago Mike RE: afrikando Jun 29, 2008 11:26 PM

                Okay Afrikando, you want to be the toast of the party... bring one or more of these:

                Riesling with Emmental. This is beyond easy, inexpensive, and impossible to miss.

                Cabernet or Zinfandel with Parmesan Reggiano.

                Syrah with Pecorino Stagianato or Aged Gouda.

                if nothing else: Sauvignon Blanc and plain Chevre...

                There are alot of other great matches, but these are all very accessible.

                Start with the wine.... get the best bottle(s) of the target varietal you like above, then get the matching cheese(s).

                1. maria lorraine RE: afrikando Jun 30, 2008 12:00 AM

                  It's a wine and cheese party...is it your preference to bring cheese or fingerfood?

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                    whiner RE: afrikando Jun 30, 2008 05:36 AM

                    Do you have a price range in mind for the wine?

                    What sort of finger food?

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                      tmso RE: afrikando Jun 30, 2008 07:24 AM

                      Grüner Veltliner (or another crisp-high acid wine) and little fried artichokes (carciofini alla guidia). It will be a very pleasant surprise to anyone who believes the myth that artichokes don't pair with wine.

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                        maria lorraine RE: tmso Jun 30, 2008 12:19 PM

                        Well, if they're babies and they're fried, artichokes contain far less of the offending component -- cynarin.

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