Mid-winter indulgence – Cheese & Wine

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Mid-winter indulgence – Cheese & Wine

“Nestling down to a night in front of the fire with a good bottle of wine and a selection of cheese is the perfect little indulgence for us this time of year.” Karine and I are so busy it’s one of the simplest ways we mark the end of the week. It’s an easy-going evening, with little preparation and an absolute delight”

Enjoying a cheese and wine evening like this can help you select the perfect pairing for your Christmas entertaining. Local farmers markets and supermarkets store a wide range of high quality British & continental cheese. Take time to taste and enjoy the texture of a new cheese; you may find your festive cheese board boasts some unusual varieties this year!

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The perfect cheese and wine pairing
When we think of a wine and cheese party we automatically think of red wine but in fact white wine is actually a much better partner for most varieties of cheese; it’s less challenging and offers a balanced acidity.

“Cheese can offer a perfect balance against the richness and exuberance of a fruity red wine but it is also fun to tease your taste-buds with unusual combinations” Karine

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Each of the 20 artisan cheeses on our famous cheese trolley at Maison Bleue is hand selected by us; and this month we’d like to share our top 3 favourite pairings; throwing out the rule that red wine should automatically be offered along with the cheeseboard!

Lancashire Bomb and a lightly oaked white Burgundy
Top of the list, and our favourite, an English cheese, with a strong punch, the Lancashire Bomb. Matured for 24 months it has a wonderfully creamy yet crumbly texture and strong mature flavour. Shorrocks Cheese make a selection of Bombs with a variety of flavours including a red onion version – 01772 865 250

“This wax wrapped little beauty is fabulous on a cheeseboard when you have friends for dinner”

To accompany Lancashire Bomb we recommend a Bourgogne Chardonnay from Francois Carillon. Made from vintage vines, it has a lovely balance of vanilla biscuit richness together with an attractive air of vitality that challenges the punchiness of Lancashire Bomb.

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Bourgogne Chardonnay priced around £18.95 from Corney & Barrow  wine merchants.

 

Brie de Meaux and “Blanc de Blanc” Champagne
Our second choice is an artisan French Brie made in the region of Ile-de-France. Known as the ‘King of Cheeses’ according to Talleyrand it has a history going back 1200 years. Brie de Meaux has a rich milky taste underlined by sweet and buttery flavours of mushrooms, truffles and almonds. It’s a gorgeous creamy indulgence and perfect to partner Champagne.
We love Bollinger “Blanc de Blanc” Champagne a supreme quality champagne with a rich elegant taste. Made 100% from Chardonnay grapes offering a toasty, fresh quality that compliments the Brie de Meaux beautifully. It’s the perfect choice for celebrations.

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Roquefort and Sauternes
The rich intense flavour of Roquefort can make wine pairing difficult. One of the world’s best known blue cheeses, Roquefort, made from sheeps milk, has a strong creamy tang with an edgy bite.

To accompany the Roquefort we recommend Chateau Lamothe from Guignard in Sauternes.
This is one of the worlds greatest wine- cheese pairings where the syrupy sweetness of the wine beautifully balances the saltiness of the cheese.
Prefer a red? – replace the Sauternes with a decadently sweet red Vin Doux Naturel wine from Maury in the Roussillon region of France.

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