Spring is here and we're rounding the corner to summer. That means it's time for easy sipping and lots of entertaining as we have nicer warm weather! Entertaining and wine go hand-in-hand, we love to share wine pairing ideas on the blog.
This post is written in partnership with CK Mondavi and Family. As always, all opinions are all my own.
One simple and classic wine pairing idea is a charcuterie board. The word charcuterie is French. It stems from chair “flesh” and cuit “cooked” and is also the name of the delicatessen that sells the cured meat. Most charcuterie boards have a selection of cured meats, cheeses, and something like olives or mustards to round them out. But the best part about a charcuterie board is that it's really a choose your own adventure of what you like to eat and what you like to serve. You can make it and design it however you like—there's almost no right or wrong answer, and you have the opportunity to pair many wines with just one charcuterie board!
Charcuterie Board and Wine Pairing
I love that it's so easy to make multiple wine pairing options with a charcuterie board. So just like building a board to please lots of people is doable, so is pairing wines for all palates.
We love pairing a nice French Brie with a Chardonnay. This is a match made in heaven. The 2017 CK Mondavi and Family Chardonnay is a wonderful complement to a creamy brie and cured meat, with its hint of oak.
The 2015 CK Mondavi and Family Red Blend is a fantastic complement to roasted vegetables (we chose asparagus), cured meats, as well as soft and hard cheeses. Its rich, red wine blend is full-bodied with juicy boysenberry and plum flavors. This balanced, luscious blend is smooth and soft, so it complements a variety of charcuterie favorites.
The refreshing crispness of the 2017 CK Mondavi and Family Sauvignon Blanc makes it a crowd pleaser and food-friendly wine. It's great with roasted vegetables and bread (I mean, what doesn't pair with bread?).
Here's a great quick wine pairing resource with info on basic wine pairing.