You know you’re a cheese lover when the thought of a cheese and wine hamper gives you goosebumps. The ideal gift for the foodie who has everything – this kind of hamper is sure to please! So what should go in it? We’ve put together a general guideline of what we think are great items that every good hamper needs. 

Well, of course…. Cheese and Wine!

cheese and wine hamper

Your everyday cheese and wine hamper.

You should start with a good variety of cheeses.  Creamy bries, like Baron Bigod or a mature cheddar, like Westcombe Cheddar, is always a palate pleaser.  A few other suggestions for an all-rounder-cheese-pleaser would be some goats cheese like Tickelmore or a crumbly, like Cornish Yarg. If you’re all in, include some blue cheese; the blue cheese selections are fantastic.  If you’re sending a hamper to an acquaintance or work colleague, and you’re not too sure of their taste’s – the above suggestions will always go down a treat.

The traditional rule of thumb when pairing cheese and wine is to choose a white wine – the combination of acidity and sweeter notes complement the cheese more, but if you’re feeling adventurous or know the recipient is a red wine lover, then go with a full-bodied red wine, like a merlot. All our cheeses have wine pairing suggestions in the about section!

Crackers and Crispbreads – The Crunch Ingredient

It wouldn’t be a hamper without some crackers! These are a great addition as they add a crunch that works beautifully with the softness of the cheese. You could keep things on the simple side with some water biscuits, or there is a vast selection of flavoured crispbreads to choose from – with herb and garlic or salt and pepper flavours, you could even select a spicy mix for the chilli lovers.

The Accompaniments – Pairings to Delight the Tastebuds

There are so many spoils you can add to your hamper – but here we list some of the most delicious combinations

  • Cured meats such as prosciutto or an authentic Italian salami.
  • Fruits – Fresh strawberries or dried apricots. The all-time favourite syrup of figs. A bunch of grapes is most agreeable!
  • Nuts –choose pecan nuts first – secondly, walnuts or almonds.
  • Condiments: Quinces, chutneys and relishes to top it all off.  If you’re feeling fancy – add a delicious paté or some black olives.
  • Sweet treats – Add a touch of decadence with some dark chocolate or a chocolate fudge.  Those sweet lovers will be eternally grateful! 

You can never go wrong with a good cheese and wine hamper. Whether it’s a gift for a person who loves indulging in their favourite foods or someone you want to give a special thank you to, a cheese and wine hamper is always an appreciated gift. 

Selecting the perfect tidbits and nibbles for your hamper is fun. Still, sourcing some items can be time-consuming, especially if you’re looking for an exotic ingredient, but at Cheese Cuisine, we’ve got you covered.  Our thoughtfully selected hampers and Wine & Cheese Boxes make delightful gifts that will satisfy your great aunt Mabel or the head honcho at the office.