Checkers pairs Sauvignon Blanc with an extra mature cheddar

Diamond Ridge Sauvignon Blanc and Wyke Farms’ extra-mature Cheddar is a beautiful union.

04 Sep 2013
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If you are a wine & cheese lover, you’ll know that there’s nothing quite like finding the perfect pairing.

The delicious tanginess, bitterness or savoury flavour of a good cheese has the ability to add something truly special to a glass of your favourite wine - if you find the right combination of course.

Gordon Ramsay and Nataniël have paired up once again and this time they test out Checkers’ cheese & wine selection, with excellent results!

Now you too can put the Checkers selection of world-class cheese & wine to the test by pairing their Diamond Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, all the way from New Zealand, with the World’s Best Cheddar – an extra-mature Cheddar from the multi-award-winning British cheesemaker, Wyke Farms.

The wine:

The grapes used to create the Diamond Ridge Sauvignon Blanc have been sourced from the prominent winemaking regions of New Zealand, so it’s no wonder that this wine is as inviting and complex as it is.

Get excellent value when you buy your bottle from Checkers for only R64,99 as opposed to paying hundreds for similar wines from the region.

The cheese:

In 1865, Joseph Harding summed it up well when he described the perfect Cheddar as 'close and firm in texture, yet mellow in the character or quality', ideals which Wyke Farms has clearly come to understand and embody in its craft.

They still use their great-grandmother Ivy Clothier’s original recipe, carefully perfected over more than 150 years.

This is why their extra-mature Cheddar is such a firm favourite with international cheese connoisseurs.

It also has the ability to be an everyday cheese with enough tanginess and complexity to impress even the most ardent cheese-lover.

Matured for as long as 12 months, it’s also had more than enough time to develop its complex and savoury flavours. This may be why it was voted the World’s Best Cheddar at the World Cheese Awards in 2012.

The pairing:

White wines usually pair well with goat’s milk cheese and stronger variants, making Diamond Ridge Sauvignon Blanc and Wyke Farms’ extra-mature Cheddar a complimentary pair.

However, the partnership goes one step further thanks to the unique attributes that each brings to the table.

The tanginess of the Cheddar suits the inherent sweetness of the Sauvignon Blanc.

Impress your guests with this exciting combination at your next celebration.

In the Checkers’ Wines of the World section, you’ll find an amazing selection from 8 of the world’s top wine-producing countries and hundreds of local and international award-winning wines.

At their Cheese World, you can find an array of complimentary cheeses.

More fabulous Checkers wine and cheese pairings include:

Italian Pirovano Pinot Grigio and Kasselshoop White Cheddar with Nettles

Fairview Blue Rock and sweet French Carillonade Bordeaux
Italian Sensi Risalto Chianti and Lancewood Mozzarella
Frontera Merlot from Chile with Healey’s Farmhouse Cheddar

View more exciting and delicious Checkers pairings here.

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