Joy to the world...
Christmas is approaching increasingly rapidly, so we thought we'd give you a head start with our series of Christmas wine blogs! From gift ideas to pairings for the big day, we've got you covered. Today we're exploring options for your post-Christmas dinner cheesy indulgence!
After the delightful chaos of preparing and devouring Christmas dinner, what better way to relax than with a delectable assortment of cheeses? To elevate your Christmas cheese experience, we've handpicked three fabulous wines that perfectly pair with all those creamy, tangy, and nutty flavours. Get ready to tantalise your taste buds...
For adventurous souls, we recommend the San Silvestro Appassimento Barbera from Piemonte. This Italian red wine, made from partially dried grapes, is elegant and silky with ripe blueberry and cherry jam flavours complemented by delicate toasty notes. Richly fruited and beautiful balanced, its soft, velvety tannins harmonise beautifully with an array of cheeses, including aged gouda, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and creamy blue cheese. This opulent wine will add a touch of excitement to your cheeseboard.
When it comes to the classic option, look no further than the Barão de Vilar LBV 2017. This smashing LBV (Late Bottled Vintage) Port is intense, powerful and attractive. Bottled using the same technique as the vintage Port, unfiltered, to retain as much character and depth as possible, it exhibits abundant rich black cherries, berries and plums. Its decadent sweetness perfectly complements a diverse selection of cheeses, including aged cheddar, Stilton, and Gorgonzola. Its velvety texture intertwines with the creamy cheese, offering a delightful symphony of flavours that will transport you to the heart of tradition.
There can be few things more iconic than Sauternes, and the Château de Suduiraut 1er Cru Classé is a wonderful example of the legendary Bordeaux dessert wine. This gorgeous, golden nectar of the gods captivates with its nose of orange peel and mineral notes and full bodied palate rich with almonds, spice, honey and candied fruits through to a luscious, lingering finish. Its intense sweetness and vibrant acidity make it an ideal match for even the most powerful cheeses, such as Roquefort and goat cheese, or indulgent creamy delights like brie and camembert. The powerfully palate pleasing balance elevates both the wine and the cheese to new dimensions of pleasure.
Whatever you opt for, these wines are worth experimenting with to find the perfect match for your taste preferences, and will make your Christmas cheese experience an unforgettable one. Cheers to a decadently indulgent Christmas!