National Wine and Cheese Day: How to Celebrate in StyleBy Alicia Grimshaw
We don’t know who comes up with these annual days but we’re not complaining. National Wine and Cheese Day? Count us in. Bringing you some classic and unexpected pairings, from melted Manchego to runny Brie and cheesecake, we’ve listed some tip top recommendations to enjoy alongside your favourite wines:
Lady A Rosé and Goat’s Cheese
The Lowdown: Imagine the summer sun and a beach picnic with some Provence rosé and goat’s cheese. This perfect pairing of Lady A, which is made from the traditional rosé blend of Grenache and Cinsault, with notes of citrus, pink grapefruit, peach and raspberry, matches well with goat’s cheese. Lady A Rosé is a classically pale and elegant rosé made at Château la Coste, Provence, in partnership with Soho House and their Master Sommelier, Vincent Gasnier.
Price: £14.95 for 75cl
Météore Rosé and Brie
The Lowdown: A classic French rosé matched with a classical French Brie. Le Météore is a pale, organic AOP Faugères rosé which is dry and delicate, the nose is fresh with notes of pineapple, yuzu and pomelo. Beautifully balanced on the palate, both tender and fresh which will work well with a rich, buttery soft cheese like Brie.
Available: Domaine du Météore
Oddbird Blanc de Blancs and Camembert
The Lowdown: For a zero-alcohol option, Oddbird’s Sparkling Chardonnay wine, liberated from alcohol, works well with Camembert. This Blanc de Blancs is crisp, intricate and dry, with fresh tones of Granny Smith apples, honey and lime. A youthful 100% Chardonnay wine with high complexity and the bubbles help to balance out the the cheese, and its freshness will bring out its buttery aromas.
Faustino Rioja Gran Reserva and Manchego
The Lowdown: Starting with a perfect Spanish pairing of Manchego and Rioja. This classic Spanish red wine is particularly good with sweet sheep cheeses like Manchego which is also delicious melted. Faustino I Gran Reserva is an award-winning Rioja that is only produced using harvests of exceptional quality. The wine is aged in the barrel for at least 26 months and refined in the bottle for 8 years. It consistently wins gold medals, year on year, at major wine competitions worldwide.
Price: £17.00 for a 75cl bottle
Van Hunks MCC Rosé and Cheesecake
The Lowdown: For those with a sweeter tooth, a decadent cheesecake pairs unexpectedly well with bubbly. Why not bring a little South African sunshine into your life and enjoy Van Hunks Méthode Cap Classique Rosé with some cheesecake. A sparkling wine like no other, made from the grapes from the viticultural paradise of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Hand crafted using the traditional method, this Méthode Cap Classique is bottle fermented in small batches.