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Soft Cheeses and Wine

Date of tasting: 20/02/2009
Location: Old School House, Tittensor

I bet nearly everyone has been to a ‘Cheese and Wine’ tasting before, and I bet that the majority of your experiences of cheese and wine have involved a rather random selection of hard, soft and blue cheeses eaten in various order and washed down with an equal assortment of random wines.

There is a reasoned argument that says that wine and cheese are not good bedfellows (take a look at wine writer Jancis Robinson’s article on the subject at www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/20061013_5 ) however even Jancis admits to the fact that drinking wine when eating cheese is a pleasurable pastime even if sometimes one or the other dominates.

So this gave us the idea for a series of tastings, where the type of cheese is central and the classic wine matches are put to the test. To keep this vaguely scientific we’ve divided the tastings into three separate tastings.

The first ‘Soft Cheese’ will be held on Friday 20th February 7pm to 9pm and will feature the following cheese and wine matches:

Goats Cheese and a selection of Sauvignon Blanc’s : the main question being old world or new world, which works best?

Ewe’s milk cheese Vignotte with Jurancon or young Languedoc reds.

Ripe Brie and Camembert with young red Bordeaux or Brut styled sparkling wine.

Epoisses de Bourgogne with young Pinot Noir (those who do not know of Epoisses, you will be able to smell it from at least half a mile away: it makes Stinking Bishop seem rather tame)

Munster: with Alsace Gewürztraminer or Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

The key to the evening will be to have the discipline to taste ‘the right’ cheese with ‘the right’ wine and to do them in ‘the right’ order. I guess once you’ve done this and made your mind up, then we can try some mismatches too; perhaps goats cheese and Gewurztraminer or Epoisses and Sauvignon Blanc! It could get messy!!

As ever numbers are restricted to 35 maximum

Cost is £10 with £5 refundable against any purchase (of £5 or more) on the night.