Cheese and wine...cheese with wine...
One of the highlights of the festive food calender is cheese and wine.
In 2015 we are privileged to have at the end of our knives a selection of cheese that our parents would never thought possible. With that comes the task of finding the right wine to complement.
We will try and keep it broad here with cheese types and alongside sweet and fortified wines we will suggest grape varieties you are likely have in your rack.
Think of a cheddar cheese stored in a cave in the west country for this bit or good quality gruyere. You can go red here. A fruity red will go well. Try a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon or this bottle from Bordeaux.
Chateau Monconseil Gazin 2012
Bottle Price: £10.95 / €16.75 Case Bottle Price: £9.86 / €15.08
Camembert, brie, delice de bourgogne, or Ireland's very own Cavanbert.
One word. Chardonnay. If the cheese is really ripe you can go rich with the white.
Remoissenet Givry Blanc 2011
Bottle Price: £19.99 / €27.50 Case Bottle Price: £17.99 / €24.75
If you are a lover of goats cheese, it is possible to love it even more. Try some St Tola irish goats cheese with a glass of Loire Sauvignon Blanc. A match made in heaven.
Octavie Touraine Oisly 2014
Bottle Price: £11.50 / €17.50 Case Bottle Price: £10.35 / €15.75
Most wines will be overpowered by the acidity and saltiness in blue cheeses. Two types of wine work beautifully and can stand up. A sweet dessert wine or a port.
Cauhape Symphonie De Novembre 11 1/2
Bottle Price: £11.99 / €16.50 Case Bottle Price: £10.79 / €14.85
Ramos Pinto 30yr Old Tawny Port 50cl Pk6
Bottle Price: £47.50 / €62.83 Case Bottle Price: £42.75 / €56.55
Join us this Saturday 1pm-5pm when Mike from Mike's Fancy Cheese mfcheese.com will be in our tasting room with a selection Irish cheeses available (including St Tola and Cavanbert) to try and buy.