Create a Perfect Cheese Board Right at Home
Timing is Everything
Cheeses should be pulled out of the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to serving to allow them to warm slightly. Cheeses taste best at room temperature.
Mix Multiple Textures
When featuring multiple cheeses on a cheese tray, try to provide a variety in styles, textures and milks. Cheeses from different milks show distinct differences in flavors and aromas.
Slice then Serve
If you plan to slice or cut your cheese before serving, do so as close to serving time as possible.
The Universal Staple
Cheddar is a great anchor for any cheese board. Its popularity and familiar flavor make it a crowd favorite and it provides a great basis for comparison against other cheeses.
When tasting multiple cheeses, they should be ordered in terms of flavor. Start with subtle flavored cheeses, like Camembert, on one end of the cheese board and work toward stronger flavored cheeses, like blue cheeses, at the opposite end.
Full Range Flavor
When preparing a cheese tray for company, a selection of at least 3 cheeses is best to provide a good range of flavors.
Leave the rinds on cheeses when serving to provide a dash of color to your cheese tray.
Separate knives should be used for cutting or serving any cheese that is particularly soft or full flavored to prevent flavor transfer from one cheese to another.
Download our full cheese pairing PDF for easy pairing ideas (from wine to nuts!) for your perfect cheddarDownload Full Pairing Cheat Sheet
Match the Perfect Wine to the Perfect Cheddar
|Cheese||White Wine||Red Wine||Non-Alcoholic|
|French Chardonnay||Cabernet Sauvignon||Arnold Palmer|
|Fume Blanc||Pinot Noir||Ginger Beer/Ale|
|New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc||Sherry||Citrus Drink|
|Pinot Grigio||Zinfandel||Sweet Tea|
|California Chardonnay||French Rhone||Strawberry Lemonade|