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How To Build The Perfect Cheese Board

Looking to showcase your creative prowess and master the art cheese board, paired with the perfect bubbly? Look no further than this guide.

Belle English, test kitchen cook and cheese board savant at Williams Sonoma, provides a step by step guide on creating a spectacular presentation.

Illustrated by Belle English for Williams Sonoma.

1. Have a robust mix of goat, blue, aged, soft and hard cheeses. Ideally, you can fit all of those elements, and of course some will pull double-duty, like an aged Gouda. Once you pick your cheese, pick out a board. Belle says, “I love a big round board. It feels more abundant when it’s round.”

2. Start Wisely, With Star Elements. “Look at it from an artist’s perspective.” Stars with your statement piece – a lovely jar or jam, or local honey – and arrange things around them.

3. Don’t Slice Too Much. “Often people cut cheese board elements too much,” says Belle. “Make it more organic. Rip the bread. Crumble the blue cheese. Cut just one slice out of the wheel. It makes it more of an experience.”

4. Sweet With Pungent; Nutty With Bright. Put that pungent Gorgonzola next to a tiny vat of honey and a clutch of walnuts. They balance one another out.

5. Consider 3 Meats, Because Why Not? “Classic and mild (prosciutto di Parma), spicy like Calabrese, and super-fragrant or herbaceous, with fennel or herbs, like finnochiona [salami variety]. For vegans and vegetarians, add Marcona almonds and pistachios!

PERFECT CHEESE & WINE PAIRING

When thinking of how to pair cheese with our Blanc de Blancs Brut or Brut Rosé, we are fans of semi-soft cheeses like goat, a triple brie, camembert, or Gruyere.

When considering the best cheese to pair with our French rosé, ​Très Chic, we suggest an Aged Chèvre, salty feta, sharp blue cheese, fresh burrata or a goat gouda.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with your cheese board creation and add your personal touch by layering in savory, a little spice, fruits, honey and even edible flowers for a pop of color. There is no wrong way to Live Joyously!

Cheese Board Guide & Images: Williams Sonoma

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Le Grand Courtâge Très Chic Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites

1 package smoked salmon
1 pickling cucumber
1 container of Neufchâtel cheese or cream cheese

Slice cucumbers 1/4 inch thick. Spread Neufchatel cheese on the cucumber and place a piece of smoked salmon on top.

Source: Addie Gundry

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Le Grand Courtâge Très Chic Bubbly & Rosé for Every Occasion – Drink Calculator

Hosting a party or planning a wedding can be stressful, but making sure you have enough wine on hand for guests shouldn’t be!

Check out this drink calculator or for more useful tips or view this serving calculator for both food and wine suggestions.

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Le Grand Courtâge Southern Wedding – Gift Ideas

Speaking of the morning of your wedding day and getting ready with your best girls… you can’t forget the mimosas to properly toast to your wedding day! Champagne from Le Grand Courtage (I always love rosé!) or white wine from Speak Wines are two favorites: not only are their labels and packaging both beautiful and occasion-appropriate, but most any bridesmaid would love to be gifted a bottle or mini-bottle of champagne or wine. And with mimosas, you can’t forget the toasting flutes! Naturally Chic Gifts, based out of Raleigh, creates personalized champagne flutes (I’m a fan of the stemless ones!) and wine glasses in an array of metallic colors for your best girls.

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Le Grand Courtâge Fabulous Fall Tailgate with Le Grand Courtage and Katie Jacobs

All of our favorite things have collided—a feminine autumn tailgate with delicious food and sparkling wine set at a picturesque farm in Franklin featuring a vintage aqua truck and dreamy puppy dog.

Katie Jacobs of Styling My Everyday has put together a really beautiful and inspiring tailgate featuring not only great sparkling wine but also beautiful trays filled with colorful charcuterie, mini champagne pound cakes, sparkling apple cider sangria, gruyere and prosciutto pinwheels, and warm chicken pot pie!

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Le Grand Courtâge Mini 187ml Favors

For a chic way to celebrate at a bachelorette party or wedding, we suggest serving our Courtâge Cuties-the perfect single serving indulgence for you and those you love!

Each adorable 187 ml bottle is the perfect size for you and your guests to enjoy in the suite while getting ready, in the limo on the way to the party, or anywhere your festive plans may take you! Light and easy to carry, our mini bottles of Blanc de Blancs Brut and Brut Rosé add a dash of glamour to your fete.

Serve in a glass or with straws that match your color scheme. Colored paper straws are a nice addition to your theme, and also prevent make-up and wardrobe faux pas. Fabulous!

Indulge guests further with personalized name cards to show them how special they are to you! Or, personalize each bottle with your name and that of your partner, as well as the date of your wedding for a memorable wedding favor that will make everyone “Cheer!”

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Le Grand Courtâge Blackberry French 75

½ cup Water
½ cup Sugar
¼ cup Fresh blackberries
1 oz Gin
1 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
2 oz Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut
Fresh blackberries and lemon rind for garnish

In a small pan, add the water, sugar, and blackberries. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring and then strain into a heatproof container like a mason jar. Set aside until cool and then chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add 2 tbsp of the blackberry simple syrup, 1 oz gin, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice and then shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass and then top with about 2 oz of Blanc de Blancs Brut. Garnish with a lemon rind and fresh blackberry if desired.

Adapted from: heatherchristo.com

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Très Chic Pink Pearl Snow Cone

1-½ oz Gin
1 oz Grapefruit liqueur
½ oz Aperol
1 oz Pink grapefruit juice
3-4 oz Tres Chic Rosé

Add gin, grapefruit liqueur, Aperol, grapefruit juice & Très Chic Rosé to a shaker to mix.

Pour mixture over prepared shaved ice. Garnish with mint or a grapefruit slice if desired.

Image source: Endlesslyelated.com

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Le Grand Courtâge Vogue Feature

Chanel Dror of Camille Styles and Eric Tarlo’s Wedding at a Château in the Loire Valley

Post dinner, everyone moved into the orangery—where a dessert and cheese spread was waiting—for the reception. “In lieu of a wedding cake, we kicked things off with a tower of Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé, with Sam Feldt’s ‘Show Me Love’ playing on blast,” says Chanel. Read more.

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