We’ve three West Country cheeses for you this month that carry a 20% discount. Look out for the red star.
Barbers 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar (v) – the Barber family in Ditcheat, Somerset have been making cheese since 1833. This deliciously creamy cheddar made with rich milk from their Holstein Friesian herd is made with traditional starter cultures and age-old methods. Matured for at least 24 months, it is full-bodied and complex with savoury and naturally sweet notes. Ideal for cooking in dishes that benefit from a depth of flavour such as soufflés.
Gil our wine guru from Corney & Barrow recommends a glass of Santa Florentina Malbec with this cheese. The wine is a gorgeous example of the Malbec grape, full of ripe dark berries and with more than a hint of rich mocha notes on the palate. For a cheese of this stature, the wine needs to have structure and depth of fruit with a strong backbone and it certainly delivers on all fronts. Delicious.
Cornish Blue – this moist sticky gorgonzola-ish and generally rather wonderful cheese is quite different from traditional English blues. Cornish Blue is made by the Stansfields with milk from their own farm on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Sweet, mild and creamy its distinctive character has been internationally recognised with numerous awards including Champion Cheese at the World Cheese Awards 2010.
Gil feels that every so often it’s nice to be extravagant and with this cheese he recommends a lovely glass of Le Colture Prosecco. Prosecco is naturally riper than Champagne due to its production methods and this will pair wonderfully with the sweet and salty elements to the Cornish Blue. The crisp acidity to Le Colture will also offer a refreshing finish, cutting through the stickiness and leaving us all wanting more.
Rachel Goat cheese (v) made by White Lake Cheese near Shepton Mallett, Somerset. This semi-soft unpasteurised goat cheese has a smooth texture, slightly sweet, nutty flavour without the usual pungent aroma. As it matures it is washed regularly in brine giving a dusky rind with orange and yellow spots. Named after the owner’s friend who, much like the cheese is sweet, curvy and slightly nutty!
A long-standing favourite of Gil’s, is La Petite Gasconne, that works brilliantly with this cheese. A blend of local varietals, this white wine is produced in an off-dry style with just the right amount of natural sweetness to compliment the bright acidity. An open and attractive nose of fresh citrus fruit and white flowers will partner the delicate characters in the cheese without being overpowering.