Host a Spanish Wine and Cheese Party for Holiday Entertaining

“Happy Olé-days!” A wine and cheese party is a fabulous way to make your Christmas season entertaining both doable and delicious. But why not make it even more special with a Spanish spin?

Once you have the proper Castillian ingredients and elements on hand, you’ll be ready to set up a Spanish wine and cheese display in a snap for holiday guests. And we’ve gathered some gorgeous inspiration, so you can style it like a pro. (*this post contains affiliate links)

Styling Ideas for a Spanish Charcuterie Display

The main elements may be quite similar (we’ve got lots of product picks for you below!) But in these examples of cheese, meat and condiment displays, we spotted some creative little touches and handy tips that you can use in your own Spanish-themed spread.

Spanish cheese and meat boards

1 – In this Spanish Cheese Plate from Caroline’s Cooking, we love the charming use of a dish or tea towel as a base for the display. Gives it such a homey, inviting feel, don’t you think?

2 – shows how a colorful, glazed Spanish platter can really make your cheese, mets, and fruits display pop! Practical idea for a small entertaining space, too.

3 – A marble slab would be an elegant alternative to a wooden chopping board. And this eye-catching display from Culinary Collective sparks an idea of using the actual packaging of the cheeses and cured meats to make food labels to guide guests in their choices!

4 – As spotted on Gelson’, see how artful arrangement of the food elements themselves would pretty up your Spanish-themed spread. Ham strips standing in swirls, cured meat cubes in little stacks, cheese slices in “fan” patterns, crackers laid out in rows.

5 – You could take the “food overload” approach, as in this enticing example of a Spanish cheese board from My Kitchen Love. The sense of abundance is so fitting for the holidays! (Tip: Keep things neat by using little dishes and ramekins for the dips, spreads and condiments.)

6 – You can’t go wrong with a lovely wooden chopping board to arrange your Spanish charcuterie goodness on! Here, Live Love Yummy keeps things simple while showing how to highlight the elements’ different colors and textures.

7 – The stars of any Spanish cheese board as seen on Taste and See are the iconic choices of soft and hard cheeses, hams, sausages, nuts, fruit spreads, honey, olives, fresh fruits, and crusty breads. Taste and See shows how to let them shine!

8 – For an intimate gathering or as part of a Spanish tapas selection, a round wooden cheese board makes a lovely little display—as seen on Amigo Foods. (Visit our tapas party post for ideas, too!)

Suggested Spanish Wines to Serve

Spanish wines for the holidays

Visit your favorite wine shop or check out the international gourmet section of your supermarket. And keep an eye out for these basic choices—from classic red Rioja wines to refined whites to sparkling wines like Cava—to grace your Spanish charcuterie spread.

1 – Campo Viejo Rioja Gran Reserva (75cl) – via Amazon

2 – Tautila Espumoso Blanco Non-alcoholic Sparkling Wine, 750ml (2 Bottles) – via Amazon

3 – Valviejo Spanish Wine Mixed Half Case (6 x 75cl) – via Amazon

4 – Traditional Red Sangria – recipe from The Happier Homemaker

The Best of Spain: Product Picks for Your Cheese Board

We’ve got you covered, too, with these product picks for Spanish cheeses, cured meats, spreads, nuts and fruits—all available on Amazon. With these on hand, you can whip up an impressive holiday wine and cheese board in no time!

Spanish cheeses, jamon, and chorizos.

1 – igourmet Artisan Raw-Milk Manchego DOP Aged 4 Months (7.5 ounce)

2 – Peregrino Sliced Jamon Serrano (6 oz. package)

3 – Sliced Chorizo, 4 oz. (4 pack)

4 – Spanish Queen Olives Stuffed with Pimientos

5 – Mitica Fig Jam

6 – 1880 Marcona Almonds from Spain (5.3oz/150gr)

7 – Mitica Apricot Fruit Log (6.3 ounce)

8 – Gluten Free Wafer Crackers

As we said, “Happy Olé-days!” to you!

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