What cheeses , wines and biscuits etc would you serve?
if it was for PFer's -------
only the VERY best----
(for relatives--the 'already opened' stuff)
This is a get to know you party for villagers , some are quite well off.
are you 'going', or are you 'hosting'?
and is it a byo?
I am hosting, i struck lucky with the local wine store they will take back any unopen bottles.
There will be an option to BYO.
that 'take back' offer is good---I had a reception for one of my 'one-man' shows of my art one time, and I had just done a painting for a local bar whose owner 'volunteered' his and one of his employees time to be the bar tender and he supplied the liquor with that 'bring back' unopened idea--that was nice of him--
how many are attending? inside, outside? formal, informal? theme? need more info---
It will be inside the village hall (no cost) no theme, it is a way of life here people send out invites to such and such gathering, i have to count on about 30 to 40 people turning up,
some young some old and every thing between, there will be no formality, we go as we are.
I tend to pick a country or vinyard to spotlight, it just makes it easier to narrow down my choices. 5 different wines to sample is a good amount, and pretty much covers the spectrum of sweets to drys.
I tend to perfer seeded crackers and breads, but with out/ or low salt. 1 soft cheese, 1 white semi hard, 1 mild yellow and 1 sharp yellow. Sliced apples, pears and grapes, or even dried fruites. Then a platter of sweets for the last hour. Chocolates, Lady fingers, short breads.
How about a http://www.antique-wine.com/petrus.php, Amice?
But I guess a Cotes du Roussillion is fine too.
Since everyone's tastes are different, go with hypatia's suggestion...basically, get a variety. Get some soft, some hard, some mild, some sharp/strong, and everyone will find something to their liking. Same with wine, get a sweet and dry red and white and one extra of whichever you enjoy most (might as well get something out of this for yourself if you're stuck being in charge of the thing).
Would you pick some of these?
Asiago Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Johannisberg Riesling, Syrah, White Zinfandel
Blue Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Portacinco, Syrah, Zinfandel
Brie Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel
Cheddar Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot, Johannisberg Riesling, Syrah
Camembert Cabernet Sauvignon
Gouda Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Johannisberg Riesling, Zinfandel
Gruyere Chardonnay, Johannisberg Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah
Havarti Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc
Monterey Jack Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel
Mozzrella Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Parmesan Pinot Grigio, Johannisberg Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, White Zinfandel
Pepper Jack Syrah, Zinfandel
Provolone Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel
Swiss Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Johannisberg Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
Hey good ideas, i could learn a bit about the vinyard.
Yum...I'd come to your party. That sounds like a nice selection.
THE most extravagant bear i know, no marmalade butties today Andre.
Your supposed to pick out five MoonB.
it sounds like you've been to them before---do you remember the good the bad and the ugly of what was offered before?
--then, make it a little personal of what you do and like
Not to buy wines for an occasion like this, i like Hypatias idea, but which vinyard.
Hypatia has a good feel for what you could do to cover the bases without spending too much money or effort. There should be a shop around that specializes in wines and cheeses and could help you pick a region of France (for instance) and line up a good selection of each. There was such a shop about 40 miles from here that (unfortunately) went the way of many small start-up businesses. I could never go in without buying something - the owner would pass out samples of specialty cheeses on crackers and I could rarely resist buying some. One time, he got in a couple of cases of Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1966, and he was offering it at about $6.00/bottle (this was in 1979). I bought a couple of bottles and my wife and I tried it out with a nice steak for supper. I got back over there in a day or so, intending to buy a case, and it was all gone. Somebody else had sampled that wine, too, and cleaned him out.
BTW, I hope you don't get the Monty Python cheese shop.
I like Parmesan with Pinot Grigio
Blue with Merlot
Cheddar with Riesling
That all i know
My top 3
Havarti and Merlot
Brie and Riesling
With Jack and pepper jack, I always love a really fruity red wine.
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