Some people are born to entertain.  They have those huge personalities that draw others to them and know exactly how to make each guest feel equally important and special.  For those people who would like to be experts at entertaining but don’t have the natural born skill, small gatherings are the perfect way to practice to work towards a big to-do.

Hosting a wine and cheese party is a great way to test the hosting waters.   You can make it a game night or a book club meeting or just a small group of friends catching up. 

You may love a bolder cheese but your guests may have a more timid palate.  As a rule though, some variation in taste, appearance and texture is best. Contrast is good and sparks conversation.

Focus on no more than five cheeses; three is recommended.  You can go with soft cheeses or hard, or in between and match wines accordingly.  For example, you can pair feta, brie or gorgonzola with Sauvignon Blanc, champagne, cabernet or white zinfandel.  Add apples, pears, melons, mangos and grapes to complete the arrangement or pair cheddar, Gouda or provolone with a nice cabernet and apples, pears, grapes and peaches.

Paper plates are not ideal for serving cheese nor are they conducive to the atmosphere you want to create.  A quality cheese board is a great investment.  The small touches make a huge difference.  Lovely wine glasses with wine charms will add a touch of class to your presentation.  Tasty cheese, fine wines sweet and tart fruit and a beautiful presentation can be the start to a wonderful time fun, laughter and conversation.