Featured Basket – All the Cellar’s Best

 

Wine and cheese is a match made in heaven. When properly paired, they bring out greater complexities in one another, leading to a more enjoyable tasting experience. Enjoy Hickory Farms‘ gourmet wine and cheese with our All the Cellar’s Best basket. These simple pairing tips will bring such a burst of flavor; it will make you appreciate tastes like you never had before.

When you’re new to pairing, there are two primary rules to follow for selecting your wine and cheese combinations — match acidity and power of flavor. This will keep your pairings balanced and prevent strong cheeses from overwhelming mild wines or vice versa. You’ll also want to bring your cheeses to room temperature before tasting. When tasting, try your wine first, followed by a bite of cheese.

 

Semi-hard cheeses, such as our 3 Year Aged Cheddar, are some of the most versatile cheeses for pairing. Try them with anything from a bold red to a sweet white to bring out new nuances of flavor.

The smoked cheeses in our All the Cellar’s Best basket make a great pairing with a good red wine with nice oak notes. Pair it with the Clos du Bois Pinot Noir included in the basket. This will highlight the smokiness and really make the flavors pop.

 

One of the wonderful things about cheeses with distinct flavors is that they can be paired in multiple ways. For greater contrast, try a crisp wine, such as a Pinot Grigio or, to play up the pepper notes, try a Sauvignon Blanc. Pairing multiple wines with one cheese is a great way to really showcase the wine’s influence on the taste of the cheese.

 

Blue veined cheeses, like our Smoked Blue Cheese, are another great pairing partner. Bring out the intense, nutty flavors of this cheese with a bold red. The salty finish also pairs well with a sweet port for a surprising and delicious dessert course.

With these tips and the gourmet wine and cheese in our All the Cellar’s Best basket, you’ll have everything you need to enjoy a fantastic tasting party. You may even discover some new favorite flavor combinations!

3 Ways to Count Down to the New Year with New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

New Year’s Eve party ideas from Hickory Farms.

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Before you know it, it will be time to ring in 2014. Whether you decide to stay home with your family on New Year’s Eve or host a grand celebration, Hickory Farms has New Year’s Eve party ideas to make it a memorable night for all.

 

Planning a New Year’s party with Hickory Farms.

Family Fun

On this night of celebration, let the little ones to stay up in their pajamas and watch the ball drop on TV to celebrate New Year’s Eve. While Mom and Dad are enjoying a toast at midnight with some of Hickory Farms premium wines, pour some sparkling cider in a fancy glass for the kids. If it’s legal in your neighborhood, bundle everyone up and head outside to pop firecrackers. With parental supervision, children can delight in holding bright sparklers.

If you’re not one who enjoys rowdy crowds, have a couple friends over for a New Year’s pajama party. Lay out a decadent spread of New Year’s Eve party food with Hickory Farms Winter Wonderland Basket. Relax and enjoy bottles of Parducci Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, hard and soft cheeses, three varieties of summer sausage, sweet treats and much more.

 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Hickory Farms.

A Gala Affair 

Invite the gang to glam it up, and ring in the New Year with Charles Lafitte Sparkling Wine Brut Prestige, that, along with a bottle of Parducci Sustainable Red, are just two of the treats in Hickory Farms Cheers to You Gift Box. One interesting idea when planning a New Year’s party is to have a fondue pot with melted cheese and crusty French bread cut into bite-size pieces and skewers for guests to dip. Set out another pot full of melted chocolate for fruits like strawberries or delicious bite-sized pieces of fresh fruit from Hickory Farms Fresh From the Farm Basket.

No matter the occasion, Hickory Farms has plenty of festive and delicious New Year’s Eve party food ideas to please any palate. Start an account and order your wine and cheese basket today!

Host an Elegant Wine and Cheese Party

There are few culinary combinations that work together as well as wine and cheese. By learning just a few basics of wine and cheese pairings, you can create combinations that bring out the true complexities of both, allowing you to experience new nuances of flavor. Use these five tips to host an elegant wine and cheese party for your friends and family.

Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

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Start by gathering your wines and cheeses. While as a general rule, white wines make better pairings, you can also use a lighter-bodied red. When creating your pairings, choose to contrast your flavors. If you’re using a creamy cheese, for example, a dessert wine will bring out its natural sweetness, while dry wines will add a pleasing acidic note. To make sure you enjoy your selections, try out your pairings before serving them at a party.

Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

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Next, send out your invitations. For something unique, make your wine and cheese invitations with personalized coasters that your guests can bring along to the party.

 

Wine & cheese from Hickory Farms

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Prepare your wine and cheese. Place sliced cheeses on slate trays with the name and description of each cheese written on the platter and remove your cheese from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. Chill your white wines to about 45 degrees and your reds to 60.

Wine and cheese party ideas from Hickory Farms
 

Put out some snacks. Options that pair well with cheese platters include Hickory Farms’ Mixed Nuts or Colossal Cashews from the Hickory Holiday Celebration, or the Shortbread Cookies and  Signature Beef Summer Sausage included in the Winter Wonderland Basket.

Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

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Create a festive atmosphere. Prepare a few tasteful decorations, such as fresh flowers and candles, and a sophisticated playlist featuring jazz and classical music.

With these simple wine and cheese party ideas and one of Hickory Farms’ gourmet wine and cheese baskets, featuring fine wines, creamy cheeses, fresh fruits and delicious snacks, you’ll have everything that you need to throw an elegant wine and cheese party.