As the weather warms up and outdoor gatherings become more popular, charcuterie boards are the perfect addition to any event. And what better way to enjoy them than with a perfectly paired glass of wine?
Having recently completed (in flying colours!) our WSET - Level 1Award in Wine course, George & I thought we would try our hand at recommending several wine and cheese pairings since, you know, we are professionals now.
We truly think there’s nothing better than the perfectly paired charcuterie and wine selections on a spring evening. Here are our top selections for the ultimate charcuterie and wine pairing experience:
Salami and Chianti
The richness of salami pairs perfectly with the tannins of a Chianti. Look for a Chianti with a medium body and moderate tannins to complement the saltiness of the salami. Add some fresh grapes and olives to your board to bring out the fruity flavours in the wine.
One of our favourite Chiantis from the LCBO is Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Riserva Chianti Classico ($24.95 - Vintages) The bottle makes a beautiful hostess gift as well.
Prosciutto and Pinot Grigio
The delicate flavours of prosciutto pair well with the lightness of a Pinot Grigio. Choose a Pinot Grigio with notes of citrus and a crisp acidity to balance the saltiness of the prosciutto. Add some fresh melon and figs to your board for a refreshing touch.
Light-bodied and crisp, this is another top notch, refreshing white wine available at the LBCO - Collavini Pinot Grigio ($30.00)
Havarti and Merlot
The mild and creamy flavour of havarti cheese pairs well with the smoothness and medium body of a Merlot. Look for a Merlot with notes of black cherry and a soft tannin structure to complement the cheese. Add some crunchy crackers and tart apples to your board for a satisfying texture and flavour contrast.
This local gem pairs perfectly with this cheese - Featherstone Red Tail Merlot ($19.99 - Vintages)
Enjoy a charcuterie bundle with Havarti here.
Honey and Riesling
The sweetness of honey pairs well with the lightness and acidity of a Riesling. Choose a Riesling with notes of green apple and a crisp finish to balance the sweetness of the honey. Drizzle some honey over your favourite charcuterie and cheese selections, such as prosciutto and goat cheese, for a sweet and savoury treat. Add some fresh berries and nuts to your board for a pop of colour and crunch.
Riesling is my (Olivia's) absolute favourite white wine - I was recently recommended a Riesling from Alsace, France and it did not disappoint. Willm Réserve Riesling ($22.95 - Vintages).
Brie and Pinot Noir
The creamy and buttery texture of brie cheese pairs perfectly with the lightness and fruitiness of a Pinot Noir. Look for a Pinot Noir with notes of raspberry and a light tannin structure to complement the cheese. Serve the brie at room temperature for optimal flavour and pair with some crusty bread and sliced pears for a delicious and elegant charcuterie board.
This is George's ULTIMATE combination (add in our house made focaccia and Rosewood Honeycomb and he is a very happy man). We recommend trying this California Pinot Noir - Mon Frère Pinot Noir ($22.95 - Vintages). This wine pairs well with medium-aged cheeses.
The perfect charcuterie and wine pairing is all about balance.
The saltiness of the meats should be balanced by the sweetness or acidity of the wine, while the boldness of the flavours should be complemented by the complexity of the wine.
Enjoy a charcuterie board this summer elegantly and thoughtfully styled by Olive & Fig.
Cheers to delicious charcuterie and wine pairings!
Olive & Fig