Let’s make this unusual festive season a special one. Follow our tips from chefs and bar owners to create a real celebration
8 wine and cheese pairings
You don’t need to go crazy with lots of weird and wonderful cheeses. Keep it simple with the classics but impress with a few unusual choices and some special drink pairings.
To complement the tang of goat’s cheese, look for a complex wine. Mud House Sauvignon Blanc is known for its fruity flavour and bright aroma, which stands up well to the tangiest of cheeses.
The salty tang of this British cheese gives your customers a new twist on the traditional Stilton. A well-balanced Argentinian red like Trivento Private Selection Malbec works well with its cherry and raspberry notes.
Mild and creamy, this Yorkshire cheese goes well with a slice of Christmas cake! Pair with a fruity red like Concha Y Toro Merlot for some extra juiciness.
This Spanish cheese offers something a bit different to your cheeseboard with its caramel and nutty notes. A fruity Tribu Malbec is the perfect match.
“Make your board stand out with dried fruit and nuts. Figs, cranberries and apricots complement the Manchego, brie and Yorkshire Wensleydale, and add beautiful colours. Don’t forget the chutneys and crackers!”
This rich, creamy cheese partners really well with oaky wines like Kumala Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, or even a glass of Champagne. Remember to leave the brie at room temperature before serving for maximum ooze!
The subtle herb flavour of this mottled green cheese adds a different element to your board, and the colour looks inviting too. Suggest Concha y Toro’s Chardonnay Pedro Ximénez blend to customers. It’s a fresh, medium-bodied option with delicate sweetness.
Hard, salty and sharp, this Italian cheese is a brilliant alternative to cheddar. The sheep’s cheese matches beautifully with the red fruit flavour of Hardys Crest Cabernet-Shiraz-Merlot blend.
The French version of vacherin is beautifully rich and soft. At its ripest, it can be scooped out of the box with a spoon! Vacherin pairs well with the ripe, unoaked style of Hardys Crest Chardonnay.
Other drink options
Cheese pairs beautifully with many drinks. Port and sherry work well with blue cheese, while French Vacherin is complemented by a strong ale. Be experimental and try new pairings yourself. You might find the next big thing for your customers!