New Year's Eve Cheeseboards & Bubbly

by Thea Miller

Bring on All the Cheese & Bubbly for New Year's

You can certainly make a meal of the cheeseboard below or create an impressive appetizer spread. If it's melty cheese you crave, whip up one of our two gooey fondue recipes below. Last but not least, discover Brock's bubbly NYE picks. There's something for everyone. 

This Ulimate NYE Cheeseboard is a showstopper and let's your creativity shine! 

Ingredients

  • 1 soft cheese (Brie, Blue, Gorgonzola, Goat)
  • 2 semi-soft cheese (Gouda, Sweet Swiss, Havarti, Brick, Jack, Abergele, Farmer Basil)
  • 1 hard cheese (Aged Cheddar, Parmesan, Aged Swiss)
  • 2 cured meats - Salami, summer sausage, Finnochiona, Soppressata, Loukanika, Saucisson Sec, Chorizo, Prosciutto
  • baguette slices
  • assorted crackers and breadsticks
  • nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, walnuts)
  • or Cinnamon Roasted Nuts or Nutkrack
  • fruit (grapes, figs, apple slices, pear slices, dried apricots, dried cranberries)
  • other (marinated olives, fig preserves, roasted red peppers, mustard, sun dried tomatoes, pesto, tapenade)

Assemble ingredients all over the board until the cheese board is completely full and you can't see the board.

New Year's Fondue, Anyone? Let's get dipping! 

Brennan's Classic Fondue A rich blend of Emmenthaler and Gruyere, perfect for dipping bread, veggies & sausage

Champagne Fondue A twist on classic fondue

Sparking Wine

We've covered the cheese... now onto the sparkles... here are Brock's New Year's Eve Bubbly picks.  

Dry Sparkling Wines
Mi Terruno Extra Brut - $12.99
A beautiful bubbly from the foothills of the Andes Mountains, Mi Terruno uses three grapes in the blend. Traditional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with an outlier being Chenin Blanc. These grapes combine for a salmon-pink color, with elegant and persistent bubbles very fresh notes of red fruits. Very good acidity and voluminous body make this a versatile bottle for any meal.
Antech Blanquette de Limoux Reserve - $18.99
Couldn’t say it any better than world-renowned wine writer and reviewer Jancis Robinson:
‘This is rather gorgeous. It curves, light as a feather, round the tongue and purrs like a cat. Crisp green apples, candied lemon peel and a dab of sherbet sparkle bright as crystal over a base of sugared almonds. Don't even begin to compare this with champagne or any traditional sparkling wine – it's in a different category altogether and needs to be judged as such. This is quite a special Blanquette.’
A delightful wine to sip before, during, or after dinner. Fine, effervescent bubbles pair with everything!
Henriot Brut Souverain Champagne - $60.99
Founded in 1808, Champagne Henriot is an amazing choice for bubbly. 90+ ratings year after year from many different sources, this wine is distinctly fresh with aromas and flavors of orchard fruits like green pear, crisp apple and juicy peach. Balanced with rich notes of fresh baked brioche. This bottle is criminally underrated and one of the best values in Champagne.
Sweet Sparkling Wines
D’Arrigo Red Moscato - $12.99
Aromas of an accent of rhubarb-strawberry pie. On the palate, the wine has raspberry and cherry flavors with a rich mid-palate and a lingering, complex finish. Lightly "frizzante", this bottle has the perfect balance between sweetness and acidity. Great with rich and creamy custard desserts, classic cheesecake or cannoli.
Pizzolato Organic Moscato - $15.99
Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan
Fresh and inviting bouquet, harmonious and penetrating with sweet floral notes and hints of yellow pulp jam such as peach. Velvety flavor, excellent balance between acidity and sweetness typical of the grape. The star of dessert, especially cakes and trifles!
From all of us at Brennan's, we wish you healthy and happy New Year!