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