10 picks for your next cheese & wine night
The right time for a cheese and wine night? Er, always! For your next one, try these 10 delicious paired local picks from Bluebell Vineyard and High Weald Dairy. Ooh, that Sussex terroir...
THE WINE: Seyval Blanc 2015
Right, we’re starting strong with this delicate number. A sparkling white with notes of vanilla, pear, and a hint of elderflower. So: practically a summer’s day in a glass.
THE CHEESE: Sussex Slipcote
The Seyval Blanc needs something light enough to let its floral notes shine through, and we opt for this soft goat’s cheese. Indulgently creamy, but cut through with a slight lemony tang — doesn’t it just cry out to be liberally spread on a cracker?
THE WINE: Ashdown Estate White
This one’s like a battle over the taste buds: notes of punchy, citrusy lime zest go up against a gentle, fruity hit of apricot and nectarine. Very much one to swirl around the mouth, feeling fancy.
THE CHEESE: Sister Sarah
Would you look at that picture-perfect wedge? A semi-soft goat’s cheese, Sister Sarah has a citrus peel finish to match the Ashdown Estate White. And if you really concentrate, you might even get a hint of caramel — wow, get you!
THE WINE: Ashdown Bacchus 2019
Named after the Roman god of wine and mad excess — we approve. The Ashdown Bacchus is decidedly elegant, with a green, herby scent and a sharp, gooseberry finish. Essentially, it’s delicious.
THE CHEESE: Ashdown Forester
A young cow’s cheese with a firm but creamy texture, the Ashdown Forrester’s a crowd-pleaser. A gobble of this, a gulp of Ashdown Bacchus? Glorious.
THE WINE: Rosé 2015
To be honest, it’s hard to go wrong with a rosé, but this rosé happens to be extremely right. There’s a distinct aroma of strawberries and cream about it, and a satisfyingly delicate finish.
THE CHEESE: Brighton Ewe
Blue cheese haters may want to look away now, although this cheese is comparatively mild and mellow — a gateway blue, perhaps? The slightly salty finish is the perfect foil to a gentle rosé.
THE WINE: Hindleap Ruby 2018
Right, we’re pulling out the big guns with a sparkling red. What a riot in the mouth! Made from Merlot grapes, the Hindleap Ruby has aromas of red cherry, raspberry and spice, and a silky finish.
THE CHEESE: Smoked Duddleswell
And for a fancy wine? A fancy cheese, which in our books means smoked. You can’t beat that smoky hit, especially with the slightly sweet and nutty flavour of the sheep milk Duddleswell. Think we’ll go in for another slice.