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Cheese & wine pairings

with Waitrose


Styles of Cheese match

Hard Cheese

Hard Cheese

A cheese board wouldn't be complete without
some chedar, whether it is mild or mature there
is a wine to go with it.

Try Journey's End Sir Lowry Cabernet Sauvignon with Waitrose
Westcombe extra mature Cheddar
Cheese with 18 months
barrel ageing, this rich is packed with dark plums,
checolate and sweet spice flavours. Its bold South African style
will match up well to the intense flavour of thi aged cheddar.

White wines especially Savignon Blancs are perfect with a
range of hard cheese from mild cheddar's ti regional favourites
such as double Gloucester or red Leicester. Try Waitrose
Sancerre la Franchotte
or for something a bit different Chapel
Hill Sauvignon Blanc
from Hungary.

Soft Cheese

Soft Cheese

Soft cheese can include anything from
camembert, brie, goats and simple cream

When matching wine with these types of cheese you need
something that doesn't have any tannins, ideally a white
with zingy acidity, or a light style red. Why not try Waitrose
Moody's Rosary Ash Goats Cheese
with Waitrose Grüner

A baked camembert such as Waitrose Camembert de Normandie is perfect with Escarpment The Edge Pinot Noir
from New Zealand. While Brie can be difficult to match
because of the rind, a dry sparkling wine or champagne will
work well with this cheese and will neutralise the tangy taste
of the rind. Try Duval-Leroy Fleur de Champagne Premier
or Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvée Brut NV.

Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese

Blue cheeses are best matched to a sweeter
style a wine such as a dessert wine or a port.

However, a bend in the rules would be Gorgonzola with
a full-bodied merlot dominated Bordeaux Saint-Émilion. With blueberry and cranberry flavours and a slight smokiness, and rounded tannins offset the rich butteriness of the Gorgonzola perfectly.

For a more classic combination we suggest Waitrose
Colston Bassett Blue Stilton
cheese and Warre's Bottle-Aged
Late-Bottled Vintage Port

And for the ultimate blue cheese and wine match, Waitrose
with Waitrose Sauternes Château Suduiraut. This
very fine, luscious and honeyed sweet wine is a wonderful
example of its type. It's a fantastic match with this spicy blue
cheese. The perfect end to a meal.

Strong Cheese

Strong Cheese

A general rule of thumb when matching wine and
cheese (and this really comes down to personal
tastes) is the more pungent the cheese you
choose, the sweeter the wine should be.

Off-dry styles of Riesling and Gewürztraminer which have
strong floral and spicy aromas balances the strong flavours
of the cheese. Petit Munster Gerome with Cave de Turckheim
or Louis Guntrum Oppenheimer Sackträger

Another way of matching wine and cheese would be to pick
wines from the same region as the cheese.

Epoisses was allegedly Napoleon's favourite and with its strong
flavour and aroma, this classic cheese from Burgundy should
be matched with a wine from the same region - a red or a white
will be great. We suggest a Auvigue Le Clos, Pouilly-Fuissé or
Domaine Lucien Muzard, Santeney Premier Cru Maladière.