If you follow us on Instagram or have been a reader of “Britt+Whit” for a while, you know we love our wine and cheese! We are also frequent visitors to Wine Country so when one of our favorite wineries, La Crema, approached us about our tips for a Summer Wine Party, we couldn’t wait to share!
La Crema recently released their “Virtual Vintner” program. If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of the wine making process, now is your chance! It’s an easy, online experience that allows you to pick your favorite varietal, appellation, and vineyard, all while learning about wine as you go. La Crema will then be creating a new wine from the online input which will be available for purchase later this year. It’s like crowd-sourced wine!
Wine Party Essentials
Finding the right pairings for your wine can be a bit overwhelming. When in doubt, always head to the experts! Luckily for us we have an amazing local cheese store, Cowgirl Creamery in the Ferry Terminal, that helped us pick the perfect cheeses to pair with our La Crema Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Remember to share key information like varietal, region, and number of guests to help the experts pick the perfect pairings for your party!
Next up was the fruit. Grapes and pears are great options to pair with cheese and we added some berries for color!
Other pairing favorites are almonds, honey, and baguettes. We also like to grab some sweets (like these lavender shortbread cookies from Miette), in case some guests want a change of pace from the cheese.
It was such a nice day out so we decided to move things outside for a casual picnic feel. We kept things simple and set out a classic plaid picnic blanket. Since grass isn’t exactly an even surface, we used a breakfast tray to hold the wine and snacks, (plus it’s a nice way to elevate the food off the ground). We arranged the fruit and our expertly paired cheeses on a wooden cutting board to go with the outdoor feel and finished up with some cloth napkins for a sophisticated touch!
Now time to sit back and enjoy!