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  • Featured Basket All the Cellar's Best

    Featured Basket All the Cellar's Best

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    Wine and cheese is a match made in heaven. When properly paired, they bring out greater complexities in one another, leading to a more enjoyable tasting experience. Enjoy Hickory Farms' gourmet wine and cheese with our All the Cellar's Best basket. These simple pairing tips will bring such a burst of flavor; it will make you appreciate tastes like you never had before.

    When you're new to pairing, there are two primary rules to follow for selecting your wine and cheese combinations -- match acidity and power of flavor. This will keep your pairings balanced and prevent strong cheeses from overwhelming mild wines or vice versa. You'll also want to bring your cheeses to room temperature before tasting. When tasting, try your wine first, followed by a bite of cheese.

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    Semi-hard cheeses, such as our 3 Year Aged Cheddar, are some of the most versatile cheeses for pairing. Try them with anything from a bold red to a sweet white to bring out new nuances of flavor.

    The smoked cheeses in our All the Cellar's Best basket make a great pairing with a good red wine with nice oak notes. Pair it with the Clos du Bois Pinot Noir included in the basket. This will highlight the smokiness and really make the flavors pop.

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    One of the wonderful things about cheeses with distinct flavors is that they can be paired in multiple ways. For greater contrast, try a crisp wine, such as a Pinot Grigio or, to play up the pepper notes, try a Sauvignon Blanc. Pairing multiple wines with one cheese is a great way to really showcase the wine's influence on the taste of the cheese.

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    Blue veined cheeses, like our Smoked Blue Cheese, are another great pairing partner. Bring out the intense, nutty flavors of this cheese with a bold red. The salty finish also pairs well with a sweet port for a surprising and delicious dessert course.

    With these tips and the gourmet wine and cheese in our All the Cellar's Best basket, you'll have everything you need to enjoy a fantastic tasting party. You may even discover some new favorite flavor combinations!

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  • Last Minute Hors D'oeuvres with Gourmet Gift Baskets for Holiday Entertaining

    Last Minute Hors D'oeuvres with Gourmet Gift Baskets for Holiday Entertaining

     

    Holiday entertaining is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the season, but it can also get a bit stressful! With so many social engagements and activities, you may end up needing some emergency entertaining ideas.

     

    Whether you’ve just answered the door to find unannounced guests or need a quick and easy idea for your dinner party, take a look at some of our favorite last-minute appetizer ideas.

     

    Gourmet sausage from Hickory Farms

     

    Maple Summer Sausage

     

    This hors d’oeuvre recipe from Yummly is perfect for keeping your guests happy prior to Thanksgiving dinner. Rich maple summer sausage and maple are perfect for fall and winter, and our gourmet sausage is perfect for adding an extra-special touch to this dish.

     

    Fruit baskets from Hickory Farms

     

     

     

    Blue Cheese and Pear Tartlets

     

    Combine juicy Crown Comice ® Pears from one of our fruit baskets with rich blue cheese and puff pastry to create these elegant Blue Cheese and Pear Tartlets.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Cheesy Cheddar Fondue

     

    This recipe for Cheesy Cheddar and Apple Cider Fondue provides another great use for our gourmet cheeses. Use our gourmet sausages for dipping, as well as apples or pears from our fruit baskets.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Wine gifts from Hickory Farms

     

    Wine and Cheese Bar

     

    Wine gift baskets from Hickory Farms

     

    Hickory Holiday Reserve from Hickory Farms

     

    This is actually one of the easiest solutions for holiday appetizers, but it is sure to be a hit with your guests! Set up a wine and cheese bar on a sideboard or table with wine glasses and charms (to identify the owner), a selection of red and white wines, a cheese board with a variety of gourmet cheese, and some delicious gourmet crackers.

     

    Our wine gifts are a great solution for last-minute entertaining, almost like a ready-made party! These gourmet wine gift baskets come in a variety of combinations, accompanied by mixed nuts, orchard fruits, and gourmet sausage and cheese.

     

     

     

    Gourmet gift basket ideas from Hickory Farms

     

    Grazing Boards

     

    Another fantastic idea for easy holiday appetizers is to create a grazing board. For some lovely ideas, check out At Home with Kim Valée. Basically, a grazing board should contain some combination of meat, cheese, bread, and an accent like gherkins or caramelized onions.

     

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    Beef Summer Sausage from Hickory Farms

     

    Our gourmet gift baskets filled with Beef Summer Sausage, Smoked Gouda and other gourmet cheeses, and delicious specialty condiments like our Sweet Hot Mustard allow you to create a beautiful spread of pre-meal munchies, without the stress.

     

     

     

     

     

    Gourmet cheese from Hickory Farms

     

    The Original Cheese Ball from Hickory Farms

     

    Cheese Balls

     

    And of course we can’t forget one of the best time-tested holiday appetizers of all time – the classic cheese ball! Head over to our classic food gifts to order a selection of cheese balls for your next gathering.

     

    How do you use Hickory Farms gourmet gift baskets to simplify your holiday entertaining routine? Share your ideas in the comments section, or head over to our Facebook page!
     

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