You can certainly entertain and have a Wine and Cheese party or a Wine, Beer, Cheese and Chocolate pairing party, even on a budget!
AIMEE FORTNEY'S WINE, CHEESE AND CHOCOLATE PAIRINGS
Sharp Cheddar - for Cabernet Sauvignon - I like Black Box ($19.99 for one box; equivalent of 4 bottles!) or Simply Naked
Gruyere - for Pinot Grigio
Paremsan - Cava - I used Segura Viudas Brut Reserva and Segura Viudas Brut Rose; each $10.00; so much cheaper than champagne!
Manchego - Malbec (Black Box Malbec is just $19.99; the equivalent of 4 bottles!)
Honey goat cheese - sharp - Muscato
*Beer - I serve Sweetwater IPA (as that is my husband's favorite beer, and I enjoy it, too!)
For chocolate pairings:
Cabernet - bittersweet chocolate
Malbec - a dark chocolate
Pinot Grigio - Milk chocolate
Cava - salty chocolate (so a nutty chocolate bar or one with sea salt)
Serve wines with apples, pears and grapes; try not to have citrus fruits. Choose various crackers and make sure you set your cheese out at least half an hour before serving.
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