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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine x Charcuterie Board Pairings

January 20th, 2021

Are you a fan of charcuterie boards? We absolutely love them! One of the best things about these boards is how you they are easily customized. It’s a lot like building your wine cellar ^_^. Naturally, we also love pairing our personalized charcuterie boards with the right bottles of wine. These will be a smash hit for small, intimate gatherings while we’re still fighting the COVID pandemic. Here are some of our favorite combos:

Charcuterie board and wine pairings

Choice reds and cold cuts

Let’s start with the “newbie” charcuterie board. More often than not, this would consist of mostly cold cut meats, basic cheeses like Camembert and Swiss, and fruits. A foolproof pairing to this would be light- to medium-bodied red wines with firm structure. Some our picks are Gamay, Frappato, Zweigelt and Cabernet Franc. They are safe choices for these kinds of charcuterie boards. You will find that the wine’s bright acidity and fresh berry flavors are very refreshing. They will balance out the fatty offerings and creamy textures of the meats and cheeses. Red wines on the lighter, fruitier side can be enjoyed chilled as well.

Sauvignon Blanc and veggies

A charcuterie board usually consists of meat in various forms and cuts. But with all the many changes in people’s tastes, this is no longer the case. That’s why you can certainly customize your board to your heart’s content. One of those growing in popularity is the vegan or vegetarian option. A selection of fresh veggies, crackers and dips sounds super appetizing. Pair your board with Sauvignon Blanc to give your palate an amazing treat. The refreshing crispness of a Sauvignon Blanc works well with all kinds of veggies, especially roasted ones.

The seafood platter

For seafood lovers, no one can stop you from customizing your charcuterie board with seafood delights. Go ahead and splurge on shrimps, lobster, scallops, prawns, and more. The best thing about seafood is that you have so many options for your wine pairings. Some top choices include Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot. These will pair perfectly with fillets of fish, caviar, and shrimps. For rich seafood choices like crabmeat, prawns, and lobsters, consider pairing them with White Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. ^_^

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