So many cheeses so little time. Chic & Cheesy

Cold or melted, there's a cheese for every dish and occasion.

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Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 12:00 am

Create a stylish spread at your next party and impress your guests with a variety of cheeses on a rustic cheeseboard accompanied by an array of beautiful fresh fruits, whole grain crackers, rustic breads, fresh nuts, chutney or honey, and marinated black and green olives.

To help you choose a combination that best compliments your menu, wine, and spirits. We've highlighted 12 of the most popular cheeses, along with a brief description of their characteristics, flavors and best methods for serving and pairing.

ASIAGO

This Italian cheese has a salty, crumbly texture. A sharp cheese with a hint of almond flavors. Pairs nicely with red or white wines such as Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Rioja, and Pinot Gris.

Havarti

A Danish cheese that originated in the late 19th century. Similar to Swiss cheese with a sharp flavor. The older the cheese the saltier it becomes. A great table cheese or can be grilled, melted or served on sandwiches, burgers and salads. Pairs best with white wines such as Sauvignon Blonc, light-bodied Pinot Noir, even lesser-oaked Chardonnay.

Manchego

Originates from Spain. This full-bodied cheese has a buttery, robust, and zesty flavor. Pairs nicely with Tempranillo, Meritage or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Parmesan

The classic Italian cheese to grate or shave over pastas, salads, pizza, or to sprinkle in baked dishes. Pairs best with Chianti, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Romano

Another Italian cheese perfect for grating and serving over the tops of pastas, salads, pizza or even mixing in with grated Parmesan cheese. Pairs best with a hearty red wine.

Gruyere

Sweet and nutty flavor and one of the most versatile cheeses. Ideal for melting and grilling, excellent for grilled cheeses, fondue, or in French onion soup. Pairs wonderfully with a full-bodied sweet red wine or whites such as Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blonc, Pinot Noir, Champagne and Chardonnay.

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