Whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner party or a large gathering with all of your friends, a meat and cheese board is the perfect party appetizer. It’s easy to make, easy for guests to serve themselves, endlessly customizable, and not to mention, totally delicious. Want to make the best-ever board for your party? We’ve got expert tips to help your meat and cheese spread come together perfectly.

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A charcuterie spread is so versatile—it can serve as a tasty party snack, hearty addition to a main course, or even as a light and flavorful meal on its own. But no matter how you’re enjoying your favorite selection of meats and cheeses, one thing’s for sure: a glass of wine can really take the flavors of your bites to the next level. But which wine should you choose? Our guide to wine pairings can help you pick the perfect pour based on your preferred flavor profile.


Not shy about full-bodied flavors? Then our Generosity Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon is a great choice. This wine pairs nicely with our bolder-tasting meats, cheeses, and condiments because the cabernet’s full body really brings out the complexity of stronger flavors.

Try it with: 3-Year Aged Cheddar, All-Natural Beef Summer Sausage, Hot Pepper Bacon Jam, and Golden Toasted Crackers.


Known for its richness, Pinot Noir is a great choice if you’re looking to create a more complex flavor experience. The well-balanced and fruit-forward notes of our Generosity Cellars Pinot Noir meld nicely with our richer-tasting, more elevated meats and cheeses.

Try it with: Truffle Dry Salami, Ménage Cheese, Fig Chutney, and Cranberry Pistachio Crisps.


If a buttery chardonnay is your sip of choice, you’ll love these flavor pairings. Our Aunar California Chardonnay is creamy and smooth, and gets even better when paired with rich, velvety, palate-pleasing cheeses, meats, and condiments.

Try it with: Triple Crème, Menage, 3-Year Aged Cheddar, and Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers.


If you’re looking for a bite with a little kick, a combination of our spicy favorites and Aunar California Zinfandel can create a delicious flavor experience. The acidity of this type of wine is the perfect complement to bold flavors and spice and creates more depth to the flavor.

Try it with: Three Pepper Dry Salami, Chipotle Cheddar, Sweet & Spicy Mustard Relish, and Golden Toasted Crackers.

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