“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!
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
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.
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.
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.