What a perfect summers evening at Furleigh Estate with Juliet Harbutt, author, educator and judge, who presented an introduction to English artisan cheeses with a selection of Furleigh Estate wines.
Victoria Bishop of Furleigh Estate’s Wine Club first talked us through tasting the four different Furleigh wines, it took great restraint to limit oneself to just a sip. Juliet then in her own no nonsense, humorous style, introduced us to the art of tasting cheese and guided us through the seven styles of English Artisanal Cheeses.
It was fascinating to discover how different cheeses tasted with the different wines and surprising which ones worked the best. For instance, the best cheeses to enjoy with a glass of Furleigh Blanc de Blanc 2013 is a light Ricotta or a Ford Farm Cave Aged Goats Cheese. So ditch the smoke salmon canapés, which are way too salty says Juliet and get the cheese out. My favourite combination of the night was James Cheese Francis with Furleigh Tyrannosaurus Red, stunning..
We tried two other Dorset cheeses; Old Harry a fine farmhouse cheddar style cheese from Chalke Valley Cheese, you could taste the meadow grasses & wild flowers – a beautiful cheese and went well with White Pinot & Sea Pink, but clashed a little with the T-Red.
The other was Dorset Blue Vinny, a salty cocoa with dark chocolate flavour, this did go well with the T-Red, but not with the lighter Pinots.
Thank you Juliet, you certainly know a lot about cheese PS> Top Tip from Juliet – don’t drink port with blue cheese, go for a dry riesling or a good red instead..
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