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With Eric's Chardonnay

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No shareable appetizer is more impressive in its presentation and variety of ingredients than the charcuterie board. Charcuterie (pronounced shar-COO-tur-ree) actually refers only to a selection of cold cured meats, but its evolution over time has spawned the inclusion of delectable cheeses, seasonal fruits, nuts, soft jams, and crackers of all types.

While charcuterie boards offer a slice of something for everyone, they also deliver great flexibility. Scale portions up or down depending on the size of your party, adjust ingredients due to the season, or shop for a specific color palette or region in mind. The possibilities are endless.

But what is a charcuterie board without the perfect wine pairing? Eric's Chardonnay is our pick to pair with your next board. Rated 92 points with notes of lemon verbena, Eric's Chardonnay provides the perfect balance to salty cured meats, fresh fruits, and smoldering cheeses.

Creating a Charcuterie Board

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Selection of cured meats such as salami, prosciutto, and pancetta

Three to five cheeses in the categories of hard cheeses, soft cheeses, and a blue cheese

1 cup each of seasonal fruits such as grapes, strawberries, figs, and dates

Two to four ramekins or small dishes to help divide loose ingredients and hold items like jams, spreads, and nuts

Two to three small stacks of crackers, sliced breads, and bread sticks

1 large cutting board or platter

5 Easy Steps

1. Add Structure - Fill ramekins with dips, spreads, and nuts and place strategically on the board giving it structure. Try jalapeño jelly, fig or strawberry preserves, and a mixed selection of salted nuts.

2. Add cheese and meats - First, arrange the cheeses around the board allowing space for slicing and scooping. An assortment you may want to try is creamy Brie, an aged cheddar or gouda, and blue or asiago cheese. Next, add the meats piled next to the cheeses. Our favorites are hard or soft salami, prosciutto, and pancetta.

3. Add crackers - Slip small stacks of sliced bread or crackers among the ramekins, meats, and cheeses. You'll want something sturdy and a couple different choices – think at least 2 to 4 with a possible gluten free option.

4. Add fruits - Fill in any gaps on the board with fruits of all colors. This really makes the board pop. Dried and fresh fruits are always welcomed depending on the season.

5. When your board is finished, set it out with a few cheese knives, open a bottle of Eric's Chardonnay, and enjoy!

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