Find us someone who doesn’t love a good cheese board. We’ll wait.
Stumped on what to serve at your next pool party? Learn how to make two show-stopping cheese boards, and even add a little crostini to the mix. Expertly pair each dish with its own wine and you’ll be throwing the most impressive party all season.
Note: these are best enjoyed poolside. 😉 🏖 😎 🌊
Bring Out the Cheese Boards
Cheese boards are a crowd pleaser for a reason. They’re a great way to throw together something easy, fun, and customizable. They’re easy on the host (virtually no dishes!) and are tasty and satisfying for guests. Here are two ideas for boards that contain hard and soft cheese and which wine to pair them with. These are by no means rules — feel free to customize it to your heart’s content!
Cheese Board with Gorgonzola
Wine Pairing: Rosé
Hard cheeses (like gorgonzola, parmesan or cheddar)
Corn nuts or other nuts of your choice
Arrange the platter and pair with a full-bodied Rosé. That’s it!
Cheese Board with Soft Cheeses & Fruit
Wine Pairing: Gewurztraminer
Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam (soft triple cream with bloomy rind) and fresh ricotta
Red berry preserves
Red plums (or other fruit of your choosing)
Pair with Gewurztraminer — hard to say but easy to enjoy! This wine has a sweet and fruity aroma and is best served cold by the pool.
Let’s Make Crostini!
Feeling a bit more ambitious? Crostini (meaning tiny toasts!) is a cute and fun way to entertain guests that are easy to make. They can be prepped in advance (just top them when guests arrive) and are easy to scale up. Get the recipe below!
Herbed Goat Cheese Toasts
Wine Pairing: Vinho Verde
Makes about 24 toasts
Active Time: about 15 minutes
Total Time: about 40 minutes
- 1 baguette
Olive oil for brushing
1 clove garlic
1 log (4oz) soft goat cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
¼ cup finely chopped herbs, such as basil and tarragon
Torn basil, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using a serrated knife, slice the baguette on bias into coins about ¼-inch thick. Place in single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle liberally with olive oil. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes, then gently rub each toast with garlic. In a medium bowl, stir together goat cheese, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, pepper, and chopped herbs. Spread about 1 tablespoon of cheese mixture on prepared toasts, then garnish with torn basil. Serve immediately.