Hosting & Toasting: Your Holiday Wine Guide

The holidays are here and we’re looking forward to two of our favorite things: hosting get-togethers and cozying up indoors! Whether you’re entertaining the masses or having a wine and cheese party for one, follow these simple guidelines from Bright Cellars for a delicious and eye-catching pairing experience.

Tip #1

For a great cheese selection, include at least one soft cheese, multiple hard or aged cheeses and one unique blue or goat cheese.

Tip #2

When hosting a group, it’s best to have 1-2 oz of each cheese per person.

Tip #3

Spruce up your cheese board with fun adds like figs, olives, nuts, dried fruits, mustard, honey and crusty bread!

Tip #4

Instead of taking a trip to the wine aisle and selecting generic bottles for your guests, take the Bright Cellars wine quiz to get matched with unique wines from all over the world!



Chardonnay + Brie

Full-bodied whites like Chardonnay compliment mild, smooth cheeses

Bright Cellars Recommendation: Quinte Royale Chardonnay

Cabernet Sauvignon + Aged Gouda

Hard aged cheeses pair best with equally bold, ageable wines

Bright Cellars Recommendation: Pana Cabernet Sauvignon

Malbec + Sharp Cheddar

Potent cheeses need a full-bodied wine to match

Bright Cellars Recommendation: Lost City Malbec

Sauvignon Blanc + Goat Cheese

Acidic, crisp white wines mirror the acidity and avor of goat cheese

Bright Cellars Recommendation: Forty Winks Sauvignon Blanc

Moscato + Pepper jack

Sweeter wines help mellow spicy, zesty cheeses

Bright Cellars Recommendation: Burrasca Moscato

Zinfandel + Gruyère

Firm, nutty cheeses pair perfectly with jammy or spicy wines

Bright Cellars Recommendation: Mojave Rain Zinfandel

Having trouble deciding which pairings to include at your next wine night? Choose the wines that pair with your unique taste palate. Take the wine quiz to see your results, and receive 50% off your first shipment!



Bright Cellars

Our staff is full of passionate wine lovers. With our amazing sommeliers at the helm, we’ve been schooled on all things wine. We came together to write this article, in hopes of spreading a little wine-ducation with you.

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