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  • Writer's pictureAndy Hoffman

Charcuterie & Wine: A Symphony of Flavors

Updated: Nov 12, 2023

Crafting the ultimate charcuterie board is no less than creating a harmonious symphony of delectable flavors, wherein every carefully chosen element contributes significantly to the grandiose gastronomic journey that awaits. But if we're going to get poetic over a charcuterie board, there needs to be wine!

Let's start with three mid-range wines between $20-$40 to balance the flavors and textures you'll enjoy on the charcuterie board.

Edna Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir: This Pinot is grown in the cool climate of California's Central Coast and presents ripe red fruit flavors of strawberry and cherry with a hint of spice and earth. Its balanced acidity makes it versatile and goes perfectly with the richness and the saltiness of the meats and cheeses we'll be adding to our board.

Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay: This Chardonnay hails from the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California. It offers a rich, creamy palate (some call this buttery) with flavors of apple, lemon, and vanilla, and provides a playful contrast to the saltiness of cured meats and enhancing the creaminess of soft cheeses.

Château Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac: Ooo la la, this mid-priced Cabernet Sauvignon from the Pauillac region of Bordeaux, France, is a reliable balance of quality and affordability. It has a full-bodied profile and a well-structured combination of dark fruit flavors, spice, and earthy tones. It pairs excellently with strong cheeses and spicy cured meats on a charcuterie board. Its robust tannins and lingering finish enhance the overall experience.

The Meats

Every board needs a tantalizing array of cured meats. I like to start selection of three: a bold and peppery salami, a velvety and smooth prosciutto, and a robust chorizo. Each of these exceptional charcuterie options promises to deliver an unparalleled combination of textures and tastes.

The Cheeses

When selecting cheeses, you must create a balance on your board. To achieve this, I recommend incorporating a variety of flavors and textures. For a delectable contrast, include a creamy brie, a robustly sharp cheddar, and a tangy blue cheese. This is your starting point. I'm a sucker for a Manchego, and you'll make someone wildly happy with a goat or wine-infused cheese. This selection of cheeses will not only add diversity to your spread but also provide a delightful range of tastes for your guests to savor.

A Hint of Sweetness, Depth & Crunch

Enhance the lovely medley of flavors by incorporating an assortment of luscious, fresh fruits such as succulent grapes, juicy pear slices, or figs. To further elevate the taste profile, introduce a touch of natural sweetness with dried fruits like velvety apricots or rich, caramel-like dates. Including olives and pickles imparts a delightful salty tang. And always incorporates nuts. Of course, you should invite the fun ones over for this feast, but also add the almond and walnut variety to the board for the textural experience.

A magnificent charcuterie board can only be considered complete by adding exquisite accompaniments with a depth of flavor, such as mustards, jams, flavorful chutneys, and luscious honey. These condiments elevate the entire charcuterie experience.

Your Canvas

Crackers and bread are the perfect blank canvases upon which the flavors of your charcuterie board can be artfully showcased. Every single element on this gorgeous board has been meticulously selected to harmonize with one another and they deserve a few cracker and bread carbs.

Enchant the Senses

To create a visually captivating and enticing board, I recommend arranging your ingredients by grouping each type of food together but then whimsically interspersing different elements. Follower your heart and let your inner artist sparkle! This arrangement will not only please the eye but also enhance the overall taste exploration experience.

As a maker of fine Dehydrated Garnish, it goes without saying you need to add Drunk & Sparkly® fruity citrus gems to the board for extraordinary pops of color and to fill any gaps on the board. There's always room for garnishes!

In pursuing culinary excellence, always remember that the ultimate objective is to captivate and enchant the senses. Embrace the spirit of adventure and fearlessly embark on culinary experiments that push the boundaries of flavor and creativity.



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