At school, a group of friends and I serve on a Wine & Cheese Tasting Society. As pretentious as this sounds, its a ton of fun getting a group of students together who normally are drinking whatever’s cheapest on the rack, and learn about a product that’s typically out of their price range. Anyways, wine education is my favourite type of education. In early December, we hosted a festive Truffle Brie & Eggnog tasting, which literally was the most delicious thing I’d ever tasted in my entire life. Truffle is a bit of luxury everyone should experience, and my taste buds can confirm the validity of this statement.
The best part about this event is that it was the easiest event to organize. We served about 30 people, bought 3 baguettes, a few cartons of Eggnog, and a half round of truffle brie. We had a speaker come from Chabichou – a French food retailer & cafe on Harbord, Downtown Toronto. He spoke a bit about the cheese, and then took time to answer questions. My question was what wine would you pair with a truffle brie – and his answer was just so French – “whatever your palette enjoys!” I’d probably throw something lighter in there, like a Chardonnay, just because the Truffle Brie is so incredibly rich. It’s basically like trying to find a wine pairing for butter.
I think a huge misconception about wine & cheese parties is that you have to have a huge spread with various h’ors oeuvres and hundreds of various cheeses. This event was a huge success with only one type of cheese and one beverage to match. Invest in something good, supply good drinks and great company, and your wine and cheese party is sure to be a success.
Photography: Alexandra Witt