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Entertaining Tips in Time for New Year’s Eve!

Entertaining Tips in Time for New Year's Eve!

by Amber on December 30, 2010

Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World, taken December 14th, 2010

You know how sometimes you’re really excited to be part of something and then it’s nothing like you thought it would be? Sometimes it’s worse. And sometimes it’s much much better.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to participate in a call with Amanda Greene and Jim McGrath of Sam’s Club. This is one of those times where it was much much better.

Amanda is their Wine Guru Extraordinaire (furthermore to be known as the WGE) and Jim is their Cheese Guru Extraordinaire (CGE). Could there be two better possible people to talk to right before the most festive holidays of the year?

Also participating in the call were three other bloggers: Angela from Fab Find Foodie, Bill from Wine Cask Blog, and Nannette from Wine Harlots. It was wonderful to get some insight into wine bloggers as well as food bloggers – I learned SO much on that call!

For example, did you know that it’s very important to offer bread or crackers with the strongest cheeses? This is because you need balance for your palate – you don’t want to overpower it and then not be able to taste anything else for the rest of the evening.

Or that when calculating how much wine you’ll need for a party, you should do so by counting 1 serving per guest, per hour you expect the party to go on?

Also, you should average a ratio of 60% red wine vs. 40% white wine unless you’re having a very intimate gathering and you know the guests’ preference of white over red.

My favorite thing I learned about Sam’s Club? For the holiday season, they’re stocking KerryGold Butter and Cheese non-stop.

Below is a Wine and Cheese pairing table provided by Jim (CGE) and Amanda (WGE) at Sam’s Club. I hope that it will help you as much as it helped me in deciding what to serve at my next party.

May 2011 bring you a year of joy, love, and really good food!

Cheese

Wine

French Brie

Champagne, Chardonnay

Roquefort

Port

English Blue Stilton

Cabernet, Port

English Fruited Stilton

Cabernet, Port

Red Wax Gouda

Merlot, Zinfandel

Parmigiano Reggiano

Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay

Grana Padano

Barolo, Barbaresco

Manchego

Rioja (tempranillo), Merlot

Iberico

Garnacha, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc

Dubliner (Irish Cheddar)

Cabernet

Cheese

Wine

French Brie

Champagne, Chardonnay

Roquefort

Port

English Blue Stilton

Cabernet, Port

English Fruited Stilton

Cabernet, Port

Red Wax Gouda

Merlot, Zinfandel

Parmigiano Reggiano

Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay

Grana Padano

Barolo, Barbaresco

Manchego

Rioja (tempranillo), Merlot

Iberico

Garnacha, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc

Dubliner (Irish Cheddar)

Cabernet

I was given a set of wine glasses and a $25 gift card for participating in the call with Sam’s Club. However, I was not asked to blog about or promote Sam’s Club in any way. The blog entry, and the opinions expressed therein are my own. The information about pairing and wine selection are from my own notes, taken during the call.

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    Amanda December 30, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Man I learned a lot! :) I had no idea!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

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    bridget {bake at 350 December 30, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    How FUN!!!

    Happy New Year!

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    Jamie | MBA December 30, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    LOVE the list of pairings…a perfect reference for future use! Happy New Year, my friend!

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    Cookbook Queen December 30, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Awesome!!

    And I love your Disney pic!! SO jealous :)

    Happy New Years!!

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    JenniferA December 31, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Wine & cheese – two of my favorite things! Grocery stores and club stores like Sam’s can’t carry alcohol in Massachusetts. We are weird like that. I was wowed the first time I went into a New Hampshire Costco and saw their selection! I’ll have to make separate trips to pair my wine and cheese. Thanks for the tips!

    Happy new year!!

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    JulieD December 31, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    I love the list of pairings and I love Sam’s Club! I’m so happy that they carry Kerrygold cheese & butter. My local grocery doesn’t have a good selection of their cheeses.

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    SMITH BITES December 31, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    great list for pairings Amber! and I have to say that I am so grateful to have met you IRL this year AND that you’re a part of the gaggle; you’re smart, talented and funny – no one else i’d rather share a cab ride with!

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    naomi January 3, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Great post! I needed the quick breakdown of the pairings. I’m definitely not wine savvy!

    Reply

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