ORANGEBURG, NY--(Marketwired - November 04, 2013) - Every year people scramble for an appropriate hostess gift to bring to the myriad parties that pop up during the holiday season, but the typical options, like a bottle of wine, get lost in a sea of sameness. Stand out from the crowd with simple yet sophisticated tips from the experts at Emmi Roth USA, who have put together a fool-proof plan to assemble a gourmet cheese basket that goes well beyond the traditional cheese and crackers for a gift that will be the talk -- and taste -- of the party.
The shining star of any cheese basket is, of course, the cheese. A selection of carefully crafted specialty cheeses, like Emmi's Kaltbach Cave-aged Le Gruyère® AOP and Emmentaler® AOC cheeses from Switzerland, are a good starting point. These cheeses are literally the best of the best -- only the best wheels made from the best milk are taken to age for nearly a year in natural sandstone caves in Switzerland, where perfectly regulated humidity and temperature ensure the wondrous depth of the flavor these cheeses are known for.
"A basket with such high quality specialty cheese is a great gift idea for the holidays because it's simple enough to prepare during what is one of the busiest times of the year, yet it shows that some care and thought went into it," said Allison Caruana, Brand Marketing Specialist, Emmi Roth USA, Inc. "Taking the time to assemble one on your own adds a personal touch, and Emmi's specialty imported Swiss cheeses pair well with a variety of accompaniments, so it's easy to come up with pairings that work."
Once cheeses are selected, complementing elements can be paired to provide the finishing touches and can even be personalized to the taste of the host or hostess. To bring out the full flavor of the cheese, it's important to match each with pairings that bring a balance and harmony to one another.
The unique Le Gruyère has a fruity, nutty taste that shines on a simple cheese plate when served alongside a rustic bread, fruits like apples and pears, and salty, roasted nuts like pecans. A bold red wine, like Syrah, is a great pairing option, as is a fuller-bodied beer like an amber ale or stout.
Emmentaler's flavors emit a blend of intense herbal notes with a hint of earthiness that are suited to dried fruits and dry white wine, like Chardonnay, or a full-bodied red wine. Other options to consider are a dark beer or even black tea. A hint of dark chocolate with juicy strawberries can also be a delicious, if somewhat unexpected, combination.
For unique finishing touches, a cheese board or platter, savory spreads, and chutneys or jams add a dimension that takes a cheese basket to the next level. Incorporate a few or all of these elements for a gift that is as unmistakably one-of-a-kind as the cheese that inspired it.
Emmi Roth USA provides a wide variety of fine Swiss-style cheeses great for use in recipes or on their own. You can find them at your local grocer or online at Emmi.com along with recipes and pairing suggestions.
About Emmi Roth USA, Inc.
Emmi Roth USA, a subsidiary of Emmi Group, is a leading provider of specialty and artisan cheeses. Their expansive portfolio includes award-winning cheeses from Switzerland, Europe, and the United States, each crafted with pride from the freshest local milk. Key cheese brands include Kaltbach cave-aged, Grand Cru® and Buttermilk Blue®. For more information about Emmi Roth USA, please visit Emmi.com.