“Holiday gatherings should be about more fun and less stress,” says charcuterie aficionado and Grapes & Gourmet manager Amelia Wilson, whose mission is to curate get-togethers that inspire “sharing, drinking wine, passing food, and telling stories.” The Jamestown wine and cheese shop takes the work out of foodie gift-giving and entertaining by offering special seasonal baskets of local bounties and imported goods, down to the artisan crackers and fresh flower centerpiece.
“When picking wines, don’t overthink it,” advises Wilson. “There are so many amazing flavors on the table – one could drive themselves crazy trying to perfectly pair certain wines with certain flavors.” To please a variety of palates, Grapes & Gourmet offers a Thanksgiving gift pack of six wine picks, assembled with notes for each, and wrapped up in a branded tote bag.
While assembling a snack board need not be a perfect art, Wilson does have a few suggestions for hosts looking to treat their guests to something special this season. “I love seeing the bright orange of a French Mimolette and the dried cranberries in an English Wensleydale,” she says, and recommends mixing in fall hues by adding dried fruit and nuts to a cheese grazing platter. “For a post-Thanksgiving dinner treat, try a glass of port wine paired with a blue cheese – my favorite savory dessert during the fall.”
Build your own board for the holidays with Grapes & Gourmet’s customizable gift pack that comes with it all: cheeses, meats, crackers, olives, a spread, nuts, and even the board. GrapesAndGourmet.com
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