Right, it’s the Friday before Christmas, and our last proper tasting of the year. So we’re going wild and… opening some cheese as well! We’ve put together three possible combinations for you to have some fun with. And to mix and match to see what else you think works.
We don’t believe in food matching “rules”, though some combinations are best avoided if you want to get the best tastes. For example, a young, tannic Medoc from Bordeaux would be hard work with a strong, salty blue cheese. And dessert wines are often overlooked, despite the popularity of Port with cheese.
Here’s what we’re opening:
Frangy Rousette 2012 (France £13.50)
Mellow, soft and round lifted by a lively acidity. It’s from Savoie in France, the same region as Vacherin Mont d’Or, the soft seasonal cheese from alpine pastures. Together these are a decadent pleasure…
Chateau Maris Minervois 2011 (France £11.49)
This vibrant, full-bodied blend of Syrah and Grenache makes a hearty winter companion to all sorts of food. We reckon the juicy fruit in the wines pairs nicely with the nutty, creamy sweetness in the Wyfe of Bath. And both are organic.
Lapeyre La Magendia Jurancon Moelleux 2010 (France £14.00 half bottle)
Made from the Petit Manseng grape. Imagine honeysuckle-infused poached pineapple with a slap of acidity. This just calls out for blue cheese, so we’re pairing it with Blue Monk from Hereford.
The tasting runs from 6-8pm and there’s no obligation to buy anything.
And on Saturday, there’ll be mulled wine and mince pies from 12 noon till we run out…