I read an article a few days ago that said Millennials are drinking up all. the. wine! Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration. What it actually said was that a study by the Wine Market Council shows that millennials drank 42 percent of the country’s wine in 2015. Which is just about half. So maybe they’re not quite drinking all the wine and after I got done panicking about the state of the world’s wine supply I realized millennials have really changed the game in the wine scene.
Because in addition to drinking wine, millennials really love to entertain and they don’t just want to entertain. They entertain in Pinterest fashion. So now, we have all of these really cool ideas for throwing awesome cheese and wine nights. I’m not going to lie. If I could survive on cheese, wine and bread I probably would. But I can’t, so throwing little cheese and wine nights might be the next best thing. Bonus, are there no unnecessary expectations to these little soirees.
Everything you’re promising is right there in the title: cheese and wine. Anything else is extra and your guest will be thrilled. Feel free to invite a few friends, or just your cats – more cheese for you. But if you are entertaining guest of the human variety take a few tips from the millennials and pre-pair your wine with your dishes.
You can get really fancy and map it all out for them on Pinterest-inspired chalkboard serving tray or you can keep it simple: place the corresponding bottle of wine on a serving tray and with paired cheese, fruit, John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks and meat. You can also whip up easy dips like my Veggie and Cheddar Dip.
It’s just one container of veggie dip with one cup of finely grated cheddar cheese stirred in, and served with the John Wm. Macy’s Cheese Crisps. These yummy gourmet cheese snacks are so good y’all.
They come in two varieties (squares or twists) and many flavors including: Asiago & Cheddar, Melting Parmesan, Sesame Gruyere, and Original Cheddar. They even come with an inspiring all-american back story. The kind that gives you warm fuzzies about the power of hard work and doing your craft well.
Long before John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks’ wholesale bakery or online snack store existed, John Macy created a “snack factory” in his kitchen. During his college years, John catered clambakes for summer residents on Martha’s Vineyard and later briefly apprenticed to his uncle, a Cordon Bleu trained chef and caterer. Then, after college John started Easy Cook Eaty, a small catering business in Northern California. Never one to choose ready-made appetizers, John created a spicy, twisted breadstick by laminating multiple layers of sharp cheddar cheese and fresh sourdough, hand-twisting strips of the layered dough and baking them twice for maximum crunch.
John’s “CheeseSticks” appetizers ended up being an instant hit and after a decade of hard work, complete with a few plot twist and extended chapters, he became an “overnight” success. Now his line also includes dessert flavors like Dutch Chocolate which would pair so well with a nice dessert wine like ruby port.