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Is there anything better than wine and cheese? We don’t think so! We love putting together charcuterie and pairing it with our favorite wines. But when it comes to entertaining, this can quickly add up.
Entertaining doesn’t have to break the bank. There are some excellent budget wines and quality cheese that pair wonderfully and taste delicious. We have put together a few of our favorites so that the next time you entertain, all you have to do is print out the list and go to your local grocery store.
Most grocery stores also carry pre-packaged nuts and dried fruits. You can typically find these “pairing packs” in the specialty cheese kiosks at stores like QFC, Safeway, and Hagen. The one we picked up cost under $7.99 and included dried apricots, almonds, cashews, and cranberries. Other additions to your charcuterie board can include salami, olives, and fig jam. These also are easily found at the cheese kiosks. Don’t forget the crackers!
Now, on to the fun part!
These three wines and cheeses are all UNDER $20 and received high ratings or QPR (quality/price ratio)
Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon + Cypress Grove Midnight Moon Gouda
You can’t go wrong with these two! Flavor and intensity are amazing. The cab has flavors of plum, black cherry, anise & clove. This Dutch classic aged goat gouda is dense and creamy with a long sweet caramelized finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Vintage — $16.99
Cypress Grove Midnight Moon
Goat Gouda —$7.00-$8.00
Mark Ryan Vincent Board Track Racer + Esquirrou (ehs-keer-oo)
This wine was one of our favorites. It’s a Washington state red blend and ranks in the top 3% of wines from the Columbia Valley. It has some rich dark notes of blackberry and dark cherry with a super smooth finish. The cheese we paired this with is called, Esquirrou (ehs-Keer-oo). It’s a cheese from France and is made with sheep’s milk. It has a smooth, elastic texture with a nutty sweetness. This was the 2018 grand prize winner at the world cheese championships. You’ve got to try this one!
Mark Ryan Vincent Board Track Racer
Red Blend — $19.99
19 Crimes The Uprising + Montemore
With aromas of warm vanilla and caramel up front and blackberry jam, plum, and spice on the finish, this bottle is an absolute go-to for inexpensive red wine. The cheese we put with this one is Montamore Cheddar. It’s a sharp white cheddar blended with a moderate parmesan for a super delicious cheese blend!
19 Crimes The Uprising
Cabernet Sauvignon - $11.99
Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan Blend - $7.50