Pennard Ridge Goat’s Cheese – a very salty, hard, white cheese
Green’s Cheddar from Pennard – a pretty strong cheddar
Smoke Acre from Galhampton – a very tasty, smoked cheddar
The goat worked well with both the red and the white wines, particularly the white. The Madeira didn’t like it at all. The Green’s Cheddar was too much for all the wines – the white became flat and the red lost its fruit. The Madeira was the only wine to put up a fight but it wasn’t an ideal match for this very strong cheese. It came into its own, however, with the Smoke Acre, the slight sweetness and smokiness of the wine balancing well with the saltiness of the cheese. The white was also tolerable with the Smoke Acre but the red became pretty bland.
We all agreed that the cheese of the tasting was the Pennard Ridge goat’s cheese and that it also provided the best match – with the white Hautes Côtes de Beaune. I’ll definitely be enjoying this pairing again.