Charcuterie took root in France during the Middle Ages derived from the French words meaning "cooked meat." The modern charcuterie platter features a variety of cheeses, fruits, olives, bread, and most often paired with wine. The best part of charcuterie is that it allows for plenty of indulgences without overwhelming portion sizes. For all that bite-sized goodness, it's good to know what wines to buy. Julie Lim, the owner of OC Wine Mart, shares her recommendations for your next charcuterie platter!
Saint Angel - Enjoying this rich and creamy gift from the cheese gods pairs well with Champagne or Prosecco for a crowd-pleasing combination.
Beecher's Flagship Cheddar - This is a slightly crumbly Artisan Aged Cheddar from Pike Place in Seattle. It competes with even some of the best English Cheddars in the world! This versatile cheese will enhance a wide variety of wines, including an oaky Chardonnay or a Red Blend, and marries well with most beers and ciders.
Parrano - This is a Dutch Cheese that thinks it's Italian! This Gouda-Parmesan blend goes well with most Red Wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon.
Italian Dry Salami & Prosciutto: Charcuterie is reasonably versatile and can go with White Wines, including Pinot Grigio, Rose, and lighter Reds such as Chianti, Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir.
Pick up a prepared charcuterie platter and wine from OC Wine Mart & Deli in Yorba Linda, Orange, or Aliso Viejo locations, or venture to create your own and shop your wine online at ocwinemart.com.