“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 flavor palates, Grapes & Gourmet offers a 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 suggests a winter centerpiece of baked Brie to wow guests. “It’s the perfect appetizer and you can make it look and taste super seasonal with candied pecans, thyme, cranberries, jam, and cinnamon – just delightful and very easy.” Can’t get enough of the melty goodness? Outfit a fondue spread with local bread stocked at the store and Alpine cheeses. “Everyone has their personal recipe to tweak it and make it their own but I stick to the classics: Gruyère Reserve, Appenzeller, and Emmental.”
Build your own board for the holidays with Grapes & Gourmet’s customizable gift back that comes with it all: cheeses, meats, crackers, olives, a spread, nuts, and even the board. GrapesAndGourmet.com
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