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Carlos’ Food & Wine - Summer charcuterie board and Taylor Fladgate Chip Dry & Tonic

(Photo by Carlos Sarmiento)

One of the most easiest, yet filling dishes is the ever so popular charcuterie board. This eye catching presentation on a nice wood board is always a crowd pleaser.

You can do one as an appetizer or it can be your actual meal. You can load it up as much as you want or you can keep it simple with just a few key ingredients.

For this kind of charcuterie board, I am using Italian meats and cheeses and throwing in some toasted pita bread triangles for a change.

Normally, charcuterie goes beautifully with wine but I am adventurous, so for this pairing I am introducing a refreshing wine (white port) drink in a can. Perfect for these still-hot days.

Let‘s get cooking (and drinking)!

Menu: Carlos' Food & Wine summer charcuterie board featuring: herbed-seasoned mozzarella, Grana Padano cheese, cherry tomatoes, black pepper crusted dry Italian salami, dry Italian salami, prosciutto and dry coppa.

Drink:Taylor Fladgate Chip Dry & Tonic (cans)

Serves 2


  • 3 oz black pepper crusted dry Italian salami

  • 3 oz dry Italian salami

  • 3 oz prosciutto

  • 3 oz dry coppa

  • 4 oz grana padano

  • 4 oz mozzarella balls, marinated with oregano and extra Virgin olive oil

  • 4 oz of cherry tomatoes

  • Toasted pita bread triangles or baguette slices

  • 4 oz of Sicilian green olives


Simply arrange all breads, tomatoes, cold cuts and grana padano cheese separately on a wooden board. Place mozzarella balls and olives separately on small dishes or bowls.

Serve it up!

It doesn't get much simpler than this. The board is the centerpiece and meant for informal serving directly form board. Optional: small plates to place individual serving of charcuterie.

Bom apetite!

(Photo by Carlos Sarmiento)

(Photo by Carlos Sarmiento)

(Photo by Carlos Sarmiento)

(Photo by Carlos Sarmiento)

About this drink…

Taylor Fladgate Port was the first to produce dry white aperitif port. Chip Dry White Port was first blended in 1934, since when it has acquired a devoted following throughout the world. Recognized as the perfect Port to make the refreshing and elegant Port and Tonic cocktail.

Taylor Fladgate Chip Dry & Tonic

(Douro Valley, Porto, Portugal)

(Photo by Carlos Sarmiento)

Tasting notes:

Pale, straw color. Delicate nose combining fresh fruit fragrances with the mellow aromas and hints of oak of a traditional white port. Fresh, lively palate, with good flavor and crisp, dry finish.

Food pairing:

This drink is the perfect refreshing aperitif. Food pairing can range from salted almonds or olives, or full charcuterie board.

Serving notes:

Taylor Fladgate Chip Dry & Tonic is traditionally served chilled as an aperitif. It can also be drunk – poured over ice in a glass, topped up with a leaf of fresh mint.


Gold Medal - International Canned Wine Competition

Thank you to Kobrand Wine & Spirits For providing this unique drink from Portugal. Obrigado!

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