When assembling a cheese tray, take 2 or 3 varieties of cheese – like cheddar, mozzarella, and Monterey Jack – and arrange on a platter with fruit and crackers.
Fruit compliments medium cheddar cheese so nicely, there are many options! Next time you feel like a fruit and cheese combo, consider grapes, apples, pears, figs, melon, or strawberries to go with your cheese stick!
Serve ripened cheeses at room temperature because cold can mask their flavours. To temper cheese, remove it from the refrigerator 30-60 minutes before serving, depending on the hardness of the cheese. Leave the cheese in a fresh, well-ventilated area and cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap to prevent drying.
A wine flight is when one tests several small portions of varieties of wine. When preparing a wine and cheese flight start with a mild and pair with a crisp white, then move to older with a hearty red.
An Italian evening can be paired with homemade pizza topped with shredded mozza cheddar cheese, Chianti Classico, and an Italian film.