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If you’re planning to enjoy a date night with your significant other at home, a charcuterie board served alongside the perfect wine pairing can be an interesting, fun, and different way to enjoy one another’s company and try new things. Below, you can learn more about what a charcuterie board is, how to put one together, and how to choose the right wine to pair with it.
To put it simply, a charcuterie board is a platter that consists of a wide variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, or any combination of these. If you’ve ever purchased a meat and cheese platter from your local deli, this is an example of a remarkably simple yet effective charcuterie. When you make one at home, you can provide all of your (and your significant other’s) favorites on awooden bar board or, for an even fancier night in, acustom-etched slate server. Just put the tray on the coffee table, pour a glass of wine, and enjoy.
To put together a simple, yet delicious (and eye-appealing) charcuterie board, start with a clean bar board or slate server and add the following:
If this is your first charcuterie experience, the best (and safest) option involves sticking with one bottle of white and one bottle of red. In almost every situation, a bottle of pinot noir and a bottle of pinot grigio will satisfy this and pair nicely with just about everything on the board. Remember that red wine will pair best with the stronger flavors, such as salami or a sharp cheese, while white wine pairs nicely with milder flavors, such as cashews or dates. For a touch of class, and for better tasting wine, decant your bottles into stunningcustom wine carafes that feature your favorite city maps.
A charcuterie board is a delicious and surprising way to enjoy a night in with a special someone. It provides a broad range of tastes and flavors, and it may just give you both the opportunity to try new cured meats, cheeses, or wines that you will love.