Hosting a Wine and Cheese Tasting with Riondo Prosecco

This post was sponsored by Riondo Prosecco through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Riondo Prosecco, all opinions are my own.

How to Host a Wine and Cheese Tasting

Hosting a wine and cheese tasting is one of life’s little pleasures.  They’re playful enough for a casual weekend brunch and double as an appetizer or dessert to any meal.

So what’s my favorite wine to serve for such an occasion?  Riondo Prosecco is a floral and fruity, light bodied sparkling wine that hails from Italy with a clean, delicate finish and it’s currently at the top of my list.  It was voted the #1 prosecco in Italy in 2010 by Il Mio Vino and continues to serve as a staple in our home.

The beverage is great to serve alone for a light and refreshing taste any day of the week but it also pairs nicely with a wide variety of salty snacks, rich nuts and delicate fruit.  After a particularly hot summer afternoon, I always look forward to a cold, bubbly glass of sparkling wine with fresh fruit.  In fact, Riondo Prosecco even tastes great with fruit juices, spirits and garnishes.

Sparkling Wine

When hosting a wine event any day of the week, I like to include at least 2-3 different types of cheese whether it be aged cheese or goat cheese and a variety of crusty bread, crackers and chips.  Sparkling wine goes well with many cheeses because the bubbles cut through the fattiness and creaminess of each type.  Rich goat cheeses like Gorgonzola and feta cheese are always the first thing gone when added to a cheese platter.

To finish the taste off, I love to add fruit for some sweetness that balances the palate.

Wine Party

Fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes and even acidic tomato and vinegary olive spreads are some of my favorites to serve a cheese, fruit and sparkling wine combination to guests.

Finally, I like to include a unique platter to serve everyone on.  Whether it’s a vintage wood cutting board, marble slab or porcelain platter, it’s always conveniently located next to the wine and makes for a beautiful and elegant display.

The hubs and I like to make blueberry and orange mimosas for brunch and sparkling cocktails for dinner.  This particular sparkling wine has a twist closure which makes it convenient and easier than ever to preserve the carbonation for another tasting.

22 Responses

  1. tp keane

    you said my two favourite words, wine and prosecco. I’ve not heard of this brand before. Must check it out.

  2. Kim

    Is it awful that I want to take the food from your pics out of my laptop and munch away? I need to host a party, it would be so much fun.

  3. Terri Steffes

    I love hosting parties and wine and cheese parties top the list. So easy to put together and the shopping is delightful. I also love Prosecco and think it is a perfect pairing!

  4. Debra

    What lovely photographs! I especially love the one with the raspberries in the glass. You captured it beautifully.

  5. Amanda Love

    That sounds amazing! It’s perfect for parties especially if you’re hosting a cheese tasting! It’s definitely something that I can never resist!

  6. Heather

    Any time there are both wine and cheese, I am in! This looks delicious and like a great party idea!

  7. karen

    I am ALL about wine and cheese. I like to do that for dinner with my hubs on a weekend night. Its fun to just snack on it as we listen to music. Next time I’m adding Prosecco!
    Karen |

  8. Rachel

    Oh my gosh! I love cheese and I love wine. I don’t often have Prosecco with my cheese though so I will have to try it out.

  9. Yvonne Sowell

    Loving that Sparkly Wine you recommended. I might look it up, though I wonder how hard is it to find around here. I like sweeter wines myself. So I love the idea I could pair it with fruits!

  10. Carolyn

    You are talking my love language with Prosecco and cheese. We just went to Napa and find myself drinking more wine now.

  11. Robin Rue

    I love cheese of any kind and of course I love wine. I need this in my life asap!

  12. Toni

    A light, white wine is perfect for any wine and cheese party. This is perfect for a swanky brunch or ladies night!

  13. Toughcookiemommy

    Being from Spain, I grew up eating cheese and wine. It is a staple food combination in most European homes and tastes so delicious.

  14. Reesa Lewandowski

    Oh how I love Prosecco! I need a brunch with some girl friends for this!

  15. jill conyers

    When my husband and I were first married we hosted monthly wine and cheese tasting parties. Now I don’t know why we stopped.

  16. arin

    I’m convinced that bread + wine make the world go round, lol! Love the presentation of your drink, looks so refreshing & delicious!

  17. Ana Cristina Mariño

    I love prosecco! It is one of my favorite drinks! Plus, a brunch without mimosas is just a sad breakfast right? I am definitely trying out this brand!


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