Perfect Wine Pairings

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.

Hickory Farms' guide to perfect wine pairings

Spicy

Perfect wine pairings - Edmeades Zinfandel
If you’re looking for a bite with a little kick, a combination of our spicy favorites and Edmeades 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: Reserve Three Pepper Dry Salami, Reserve Smoked Garlic Cheddar, Simply Sweet & Spicy Relish

Bold

Perfect wine pairings - Dry Creek Cabernet
Not shy about full-bodied flavors? Then our Dry Creek 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: Reserve 3-Year Aged Cheddar, Reserve Apple Smoked Cheddar, Simply Natural Beef Summer Sausage, Simply Hot Pepper Bacon Jam

Mild

Perfect wine pairings - Floral Springs Merlot
Merlot is a mild red wine that’s universally pleasing due to its smooth finish. Our Flora Springs Merlot is a great wine choice to pair with milder-tasting meats and cheeses so as not to overpower their flavor, and the brightness of the wine and smooth finish are perfect for these bites.

Try it with: Reserve Dry Salami, Simply Medium Cheddar, Simply Creamy Gouda, Simply Fig Chutney

Buttery

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

Try it with: Reserve Triple Crème, Reserve Premium Pork Prosciutto, Simply Boozy Cherries

 

Rich

Perfect Wine Pairings - Hadley Pinot Noir
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 Handley Pinot Noir meld nicely with our richer-tasting, more elevated meats and cheeses.

Try it with: Reserve Truffle Salami, Reserve Ménage Cheese, Simply Mustard Caviar

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