At Bolney we’re passionate about our wines and ensuring our customers know the best ways to enjoy them. One such way is paired with food, and many of our wines are perfectly complimented by a slice of creamy cheese.
When we think of pairing wine with food, most of us will picture the classic combination of wine and cheese. Whilst there may be no strict pairing rules, there are a few things that can help you getting started to successfully pair the perfect cheese with your favourite bottle.
Balance is key when pairing food with wine, we want to enhance the experience and to not overwhelm the complex flavours of the wine.
We love cheese and wine and think it makes a great pair – so in celebration we’ve compiled a list of the perfect Bolney wine and cheese pairings.
Mature Cheese and Wine Pairings
English Farmhouse Cheddar
This English Farmhouse Cheddar is matured for around 14 months. The flavour is sweet and tangy, with a particularly creamy texture, and the occasional crystal resulting from long maturing.
Cuvee Rose The balanced, fresh acidity in this Cuvée Rosé 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!
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 represents a stunning addition to the cheese board. Sussex Charmer has the perfect taste credentials to complement fruit of all kinds.
The tang of the Charmer works well with the sweet pear character of the Pinot Gris.
The soft richness of background oak of our Estate Bacchus complements the Italian-style zing of the Charmer.
Blanc de Blancs
Sussex charmer which is a cheese which has similar characteristics 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. This white wine and cheese combination is one to try.
Blue Cheese and Wine Pairings
This blue cheese is made by a small but passionate team at the High Weald Dairy (who 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.
The fruit-driven aromas and pleasant acidity of the Lychgate Bacchus offset the savoury character.
This medium-bodied Lychgate Red 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 and 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.
Brie Cheese and Wine Pairings
Alsop & Walker
A creamy, grassy tasting cheese with a natural edible white rind, the Alsop & Walker is. 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.
Soft, creamy cheeses like brie love crisp whites, which is why Pinot Gris is another ideal pairing. The crisp, fruity notes of the wine draw these flavours out.
Goodwood Estate Molecomb Blue
A blue veined soft cheese with a dark smoky grey crust. Combines the best combination of blue cheese piquancy with a creamy texture and exciting appearance.
The black cherry fruit character in this stunning Pinot Noir wine does not overpower, so a good fit with lighter, less richly flavoured foods, especially the Goodwood Estate Molecomb Blue Brie!
Honeysuckle, elderflower, brioche and zesty citrus, the Bolney Bubbly helps cut through fatty and salty foods. So amazing with fish and chips and this exquisite brie cheese.
Goats Cheese and Wine Pairings
Dorstone Goats Cheese Dorstone is sprinkled with ash, and then ripened. When you cut through the matured cheese, it has faint veining reminiscent of Carrara marble. The curd is snowy-white, the texture is like ice cream, and the flavour is mellow and rich.
The dark blackberry fruit character is a perfect foil to the creamy, savoury/sour notes in this Goat’s cheese. This brings a balance to both the wine and cheese, for our Head Winemaker, this combination is a complete match.
Now that you know all about the greatest cheese and wine pairings, browse through our cheeses online or visit our stunning Sussex Vineyard Shop.