July cheeses of the month

4th July 2018

It’s a trio of Welsh cheeses this month that carry the 20% discount. All made by Abergavenny Fine Foods who blend extra ingredients to the cheese whilst it matures for extra quality and superb taste.

Harlech (v) – a mature, mild creamy cheddar made with pasteurised cows’ milk and blended with fresh horseradish and parsley that gives it an extra ‘bite’ with a peppery, fresh, zingy flavour.  The cheese is then coated in a distinctive bright orange coloured wax.  It is named after the famous Welsh Warriors of the Middle Ages.  As the horseradish makes it the perfect partner for beef, try melted on steak or burger or in a cold roast beef sandwich.

Rob, our wine guru from Corney & Barrow recommends the Ortega from Biddenden Vineyards with this cheese – a Decanter & IWSC bronze award winner in 2017 and lovely off-dry, fresh expression from Kent. Being naturally lower in alcohol than some fuller white varietals, this will go with the simple spice and pepperiness that the cheese is blended with and makes it a wonderfully summer pair, when paired alone.

Y-Fenni (v) – mature cheddar cheese made from pasteurised cows’ milk and blended with whole-grain mustard and Welsh ale and then coated in a pale yellow wax.  It has a full tangy mustard flavour, moist texture, pale-yellow colouring speckled with the mustard grains. As well as being part of a cheeseboard, it melts well and can be served on toast or in a white sauce.

Even though Rob recommended the Romanian Pinot Grigio Sanziana recently, he really loves it and can’t think of a grape that stands up better to mustard than this one. A very attractive pair, if not unusual, by themselves. But also a perfect fit for the cheese being melted down into a white sauce too – pale perfection!

Tintern (v) – this deliciously creamy mature cheddar has been blended with fresh chives and shallots and coated in an attractive green wax.  Tangy and irresistibly moreish, it is named after the village Tintern on the River Wye in Abergavenny. Just right for these summer days in the garden and its onion tang makes it perfect for a ploughmans lunch.

A clean sweep for the whites this month! The Marques de la Musa Chardonnay-Viura is an obvious choice as both varietals in the blend go so well with shallots, especially, and chive also, as well as with the creamy texture of the cheese. The wine is light and uncomplicated providing optimum refreshment and with something of its own tang and moreishness! Hopefully the first taste of this pair leaves you satisfied, though another glass and bite would not go unadvised!

Black Bomber (v) – the flagship cheese from the Snowdonia Cheese company also carries 20% discount – this award-winning cheese is a modern classic that marries a deliciously rich flavour with smooth creaminess that lasts long on the palette but remains demandingly moreish.