The perfect Bolney wine and cheese pairings

by Bolney Wine Estate Limited June 04, 2020

The perfect Bolney wine and cheese pairings

At Bolney we’re passionate about wine and sharing our thoughts with our customers for inspiration on how to enjoy them. One such way is paired with food, and many of our wines are perfectly complimented by a slice of delicious cheese. Today is #NationalCheeseDay, so in celebration we’ve compiled a list of the perfect Bolney wine and cheese pairings.

Brighton Blue

This cheese is made by a small, but passionate team, at the High Weald Dairy who are located in Haywards Heath. They currently make 15 different cheeses with the entire process for each one taking place on their farm.

A mild, semi-soft cheese with a mellow blue flavour and a slightly salty finish. The blue green veins deepen as the cheese matures, and the taste of the blue strengthens. It has an attractive natural edible rind and has won numerous awards including a Super Gold at the World Cheese Awards 2017-2018.

  • Lychgate Rosé

A lovely elegant wine with red fruit flavours and hints of creamy sweetness, making it a great match with the salty tangy flavours in blue cheese. 

  • Lychgate Red

This medium-bodied dry wine has aromas that consist of blackberry, black cherry and peppery spice. The palate shows ripe blackcurrant and red berry flavours. There is good acidity and a smooth, smoky and velvety finish which goes well with the creamy nature of the cheese. The salty finish of the cheese works well with the acidity of the wine.

  • Blanc De Noirs

The mature, savoury nuttiness of the Blanc de Noirs pairs well with the salty finish.

Sussex Charmer

Made exclusively with milk from grass-fed, welfare assured cows in Rudgwick.
Combining the creaminess of a mature farmhouse cheddar with the zing of a Italian Style Hard Cheese, this versatile cheese is a great addition to the cheese board. Sussex Charmer has the perfect taste credentials to complement fruit of all kinds.

  • Pinot Gris

The tang of the Charmer works well with the sweet pear character of the Pinot Gris.

  • Estate Bacchus

The soft richness of background oak complements the Italian-style zing of the Charmer.

  • Blanc de Blancs

Sussex charmer which is a cheese which has similar characteristic to a mature cheddar. The cheese has a creamy mature cheddar taste followed by a zing of parmesan. This works well will the acidity from the Blanc de Blancs and the yeasty notes.

  • Cuvée Rosé  

The balanced, fresh acidity in this wine cuts through fatty foods beautifully.  The red fruit flavour/character from the Pinot Noir grape and the bread/brioche notes from the yeast autolysis compliment the cheddar, bringing out the creamy richness of the cheese. Almost like a sandwich!


Alsop & Walker

A creamy, grassy tasting cheese with a natural edible white rind. Made from cow's milk (much like the camembert) it will continue to mature in the fridge becoming softer and stronger for up to seven weeks.

Based in East Sussex, the milk is sourced from a local farmer to make their cheeses.

  • Pinot Noir

The black cherry fruit character in this wine does not over power, so a good fit with lighter, less richly flavoured foods, especially Brie!

Sister Sarah

 High Weald Dairy based in Haywards Heath make a delicious range of award-winning cheeses from organic and conventional cow, goat and sheep milk.
Sister Sarah is a semi-soft goats’ milk cheese. It is matured for just 8-12 weeks. It is a mild cheese, with a light and delicious. The cheese is coated in annatto (a south American berry) to create the orange colour.

  • Lychgate Red

The dark black berry fruit character is a perfect foil to the creamy, savoury/sour notes in Goat’s cheese. This brings a balance to both the wine and cheese, for our Head Winemaker this combination is a complete match.

  • Bolney Bubbly

Honeysuckle, elderflower, brioche and zesty citrus. Help cut through fatty and salty foods. So amazing with fish and chips and cheese.

Shop our cheeses online or visit us in our Vineyard Shop.

We can deliver fresh produce within a 20 mile radius of Bolney (full list of places available on our website), or you can arrange to collect from us. Delivery is free of charge and will take between 1 and 3 working days.

Bolney Wine Estate Limited
Bolney Wine Estate Limited

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