Sommelier pairing tips for the ultimate charcuterie board

Posted: October 18, 2021 | Word Count: 780

Charcuterie boards are soaring in popularity, and more and more people are starting to make these delicious creations at home. The colorful displays of cured meats, cheeses and accompaniments like fruits, nuts and olives are as eye-catching as they are appetizing. Whether you’re enjoying a date night in or want to elevate your Friendsgiving gathering, selecting the right wine to serve alongside is essential to take your board to the next level.

Because so many types of food are featured on a charcuterie board, it can be difficult to know which wine will pair best. Should you opt for a rich red? Maybe a dry white? Or perhaps a bit of bubbly would make a playful pairing?

These questions are common, and Jon McDaniel, Sommelier and head of Wine Education at Scout & Cellar, is here to share a few tips to select the ideal wine pairings for your charcuterie board this fall and beyond.

"Charcuterie boards are the ideal light meal to share with loved ones or a stunning starter for guests to nosh on during your next event. The right wine pairings truly make the difference, allowing you to enhance the flavors of the charcuterie and easily create an incredible culinary experience in your home," said McDaniel.

Whether you plan to enjoy your charcuterie board with family and friends, or are making something special for a virtual celebration, these wine-pairing tips will help you impress your guests and your taste buds!

Red wine is oh-so-fine

Red wines pair well with the cured meats that are traditionally featured on a charcuterie board. Additionally, they do a great job of playing off the flavors of hearty cheeses, like sharp cheddar.

Softer meats like prosciutto are a great match for a rosé, while more bold, spicy meats like chorizo or fennel salami pair perfectly with cabernet. If your board features black olives, you can also consider a red that blends purple and black grapes, like the 2020 Resident Red Blend, part of the “Celebrate the Season” 12-pack, a variety pack featuring Scout & Cellar favorites.

“If you can’t decide between red or rosé wines, I highly recommend our variety pack. It simplifies charcuterie pairings tremendously," said McDaniel. "Not only is there a wide variety of offerings, but the individual cans are a thoughtful choice for sharing in the current health climate.”

Light up the night with white

If red wine isn’t your thing, white wines are also highly versatile, providing many options for pairing with charcuterie. For example, a Sauvignon Blanc is great with fresh veggies and dips, adding a kiss of citrus, and it pairs nicely with a variety of cheeses, from soft goat cheese to aged Gouda. If you enjoy terrine or pate on your board, the 2020 Gallivant Chardonnay matches well with these French specialties.

White blends are just as versatile and make pairing with multiple foods easy. The 2020 Fieldhouse White Blend from the “Celebrate the Season” pack is great with green olives, lighter meats like prosciutto, or even roasted veggies.

Cheers to feelin' bubbly

Many unique flavors can be highlighted on a charcuterie board with a little bubbly. Plus, sparkling wine has an inherent, uplifting quality to it that makes any occasion feel special.

For example, if you feature lighter, mild cheese or fresh crudité on your charcuterie board, Scout & Cellar’s 14K Bubbly White is a heavenly match. Another unique option might be fruit-based spritzers, such as a cider spritzer that complements fresh apples or citrus. A rosé spritzer variety brings berry notes into the mix, playing well with fresh strawberries and soft cheeses. Luckily, all these options are found in the Celebrate the Season 12-Pack.

When it comes to building the perfect board, you should consider limiting your wine to a couple of options that go best with the ingredients you have selected. “You don't need to have numerous bottles on hand,” said McDaniel. “Simplifying your charcuterie board pairings is easy with our Celebrate the Season variety pack because it provides plenty of single serving, delicious options great when hosting or attending parties."

Above all else, McDaniel recommends finding a wine that is grown and produced following practices that are better for the planet. “Every wine from Scout & Cellar is produced under our Clean-Crafted Commitment®, which means they meet our standards for sustainable growing practices and pesticide use," said McDaniel. "For a Scout & Cellar wine to be considered Clean-Crafted™, it goes through two rounds of independent lab testing to make sure it's free of things like toxic pesticides and synthetic processing aids, and that it is low in sulfites. This is followed by another round of internal tasting to ensure it meets our standard for deliciousness.”

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