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The Perfect Match
By Rebecca Giantonio

Intro | Balance | Cheese Please | Party! | The Set Up

The set-up
Rather than place each wine near a specific cheese, keep all wines together and all cheeses together, advises Maureen. This will encourage partygoers to experiment and discover their favorite combinations. Keep a water pitcher nearby for rinsing glasses between pours, as well as a spit bucket. Despite its unappealing name, a spit bucket is simply another pitcher or ice bucket for guests to dispose of unwanted wine. Make sure the spit bucket is opaque; otherwise, the mix of wines will start to look gross and could turn a few guests' stomachs.

And, most importantly, add your own touches. Get crafty and make name cards for each cheese and wine, or use colored ribbons to create wine markers for each guest. A festive atmosphere paired with good wine will make guests excited to learn.

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