With the restrictions easing slightly, no doubt that our Cheese and Wine Nights will be starting back soon!
But in the meantime it’s fun exploring cheese and wine matches, especially if you stumble upon that match made in heaven where the cheese and wine compliment each other perfectly, revealing different flavours and taste-bud-tingling harmony with every new mouthful.
While it’s not an exact science, here’s some tips to get you on your merry cheese and wine matching way:
Like for Like
Flavour-wise, some cheeses and wines have a lot in common which can create a happy match. If you have a goat’s cheese with a fresh, light, acidic flavour like Holy Goat La Luna Ring it will work a charm with Moorilla Muse Sauvignon Blanc – which also has a crisp, slightly acidic finish.
On the other hand, some cheeses work best with their complete wine opposite, case in point: the strong, salty flavours of Roquefort paired with the cloyingly sweet, honey-like notes in a Muscat, such as Domiane de Coyuex
Or pair a decadent triple cream like Mini Delice with Black Truffle with Champagne or Blanc de Blanc– the lightness of the bubbles helps cut through the incredible richness of the cheese and highlight the underlying creaminess.
The old adage ‘what grows together, goes together’ is a simple rule of thumb that can be applied to cheese and wine pairing. Generally, cheeses and wines from the same region will partner well – some classic examples include this Castelmagno and Barbera from Piedmont in Italy.
Above all else, this is probably the most important consideration. You don’t want your wine to overwhelm your cheese, and vice versa. Regardless of whether you are looking for complimentary flavours, or contrasting, always try to match the ‘level’ of the flavour in your cheese to that of your wine. The stronger the cheese, the fuller-bodied the wine should be, for example:
- Lighter bodied match: Berry’s Creek Brie and Chardonnay
- Medium bodied match: French Comté and Pinot Noir
- Full bodied match: Matured English Cheddar and Cabernet Sauvignon
Having a zoom virtual meeting with clients or team members? Need a little cheese, wine and other goodies to enjoy together in this new way? We are here to help!
We are able to deliver to multiple areas and locations in Sydney and Melbourne Metro using a refrigerated courier. Please also see our FREE delivery locations that are available in Surry Hills and Surrounding Areas or Lower North Shore.
We work closely with you to ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible. All you have to do is choose your favourite cheeses, wines and other goodies and we will do the rest.
Let us know know your budget and we can create “zoom care packs” for your team members or clients.
We have some options below to consider please see the links:
Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you would like with your budget and we can assist as best we can.
Our grazing boxes are perfect to take to an office meeting, afternoon at the park, friends gathering and many more occasions to enjoy good food. All our boxes are designed to cater up to ten people.
Antipasto Box – Order Now
– One Italian Buffalo Mozzarella
– Black & Sicilian Olives
– Sliced Spicy Caccatorie Salami & Sliced Saucisson
– A selection of two hard cheeses
– Mini Lingue
All packed in a convenient catering box.
Grazing Box – Order Now
– A selection of freshly sliced curred meats: Ham, Nujia, Proscuitto, Bresola, Mortadella
– A selection of our finest cheeses: Truffle Brie, Camembert, Horbacher (Swiss cheese)
– A selection of premium accompaniments: Mini Rubata, Mini Lingue , Fresh Fruits, Panforte, Figs and Olives
All packed in a convenient catering box.
We love cheese at Ocello, and especially Italian Slow Food Cheeses that we select and import ourselves. We were thrilled to be able to join the Italian Food Festival on Sunday 26th August 2018 and more to showcase on Channel 7 some of our unique artisan Cheeses. Check out the video of Carmelo Ocello talking about Pecorino.
We are chuffed to have been listed as one of the world’s most amazing cheese shops over on the UK Telegraph website. You can read the story here.
A guide to buying and storing cheese – answers to the most common questions we are asked over the counter at Ocello and at our regular Cheese & Wine Nights.
It’s great fun exploring cheese and wine matches, especially if you stumble upon that match made in heaven where the cheese and wine compliment each other perfectly, revealing different flavours and taste-bud-tingling harmony with every new mouthful.
It’s one of the most common questions we hear at the cheese counter: can people with lactose intolerance eat cheese?
Quite often, the answer is yes – as long as you choose carefully. All milk contains lactose – cow, goat, sheep and buffalo. However, as a result of the cheese-making and maturing process, cheese contains much lower levels of lactose than milk and in fact some mature cheeses are virtually lactose-free.