How to match wine and cheese?

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The idea of matching cheese and wine and accompaniments is to provide a complementary balance of flavours and textures. To simplify the process, cheeses are classified into eight cheese varieties. Certain cheeses have characteristics which match certain wine types, but mostly it can be trial and error to experiment and find out which are your own preferences.

Cheese Varieties Styles Accompaniments Wine Matching
Fresh Unripened Cheese Cottage cheese, Creamed cottage cheese, cream cheese, feta, mascarpone, neufchatel, quark, ricotta and stracchino Olive bread, olives, anchovies, fresh herbs, capers, prosciutto, semi-dried tomatoes, olive oil, roasted capsicum, fresh berries, basil and olive oil, slow-roasted onions Sparkling, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc, Pinor Noir, Grenache or cool climate Shiraz, Dessert wines
White Mould Cheese Camembert, Brie, Double Brie and Triple Cream Brie baguette, almond bread, water crackers, quince paste, fresh or frozen grapes, figs and poached pear Chardonnay or Semillon, Sparkling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or warm climate Shiraz
Blue Cheese Blue Brie, Gorgnozola Style Blue, Danish Style Blue Drizzle of wild honey, warm waxy potatoes, peaches, sweet potato, smoked meats, pickles, gherkins or dried fruit Dessert wines, Fortified wines, Riesling or Gewurztraminer
Washed Rind Cheese Semi-soft washed rind, wine washed rind and reblochon toasted raisin bread, pears, bitter greens, apple puree, sultanas, hazelnuts, fruit bread and rye bread Dessert wine, Fortified wine, Pinor Noir, Grenache or cool climate Shiraz, Sparkling red, Beer
Stretched Curd Cheese Mozzarella, Pizza Cheese, Bocconcini and Haloumi Olive bread, olives, anchovies, fresh herbs, capers, prosciutto, semi-dried tomatoes, olive oil, roasted capsicum, fresh berries, basil and olive oil, slow-roasted onions Sparkling, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc, Pinor Noir, Grenach or cool climate Shiraz
Eye Cheese Swiss style, Emmenthal, Gruyere, Tilsit, Raclette, Gouda and Edam warm waxy potatoes, peaches, sweet potato, smoked meats, pickles, gherkins or dried fruit Chardonnay or Semillon, Pinot Noir, Grenache or cool climate Shiraz, Dessert wine, Fortified wine
Cheddar and Cheddar Styles Cheddar, Cheshire, Club Cheese, Colby Muscatels, chutney, sourdough bread, oatmeal or wheatmeal biscuits, green tomato chutney, celery, green apples, quince paste, fig jam and fruit cake Chardonnay or Semillon, Cabernet Saurvignon, Merlot, or warm climate Shiraz, Dessert wine, Fortified wine
Hard Cheese Parmesan, Pepato, Pecorino and Romano apples, chutney, pears, rocket, tomatoes, grapes, walnuts, olives, ham, prosciutto, nashi Chardonnay or Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or warm climate Shiraz, Fortified wine, Sparkling wine

What’s your favourite accompaniment to cheese?

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Review: Good Food and Wine Show 2013

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I was lucky to be able to spend a day and half at the Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show. Friday was nice and quiet and I was able to get into some masterclasses. Saturday was busier and some of the sessions I wanted to go to were booked out, so it pays to book early.

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In the Celebrity Theatre I caught the always delightful Maggie Beer and the cheeky Anna Gare. I paced myself trying wines in the Riedel Wine Theatre. Then I sampled some new cheese in Cheese Alley. I also watched Bella in the Chopping Block.

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One of the highlights was meeting Miguel Maestre in the Chef’s Table. He was entertaining and humorous.

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I ate a tasting plate of three course allergy friendly Bulletproof menu. It was totally vegetarian and Italian themed. Instead of pasta, Miguel used a lettuce leaf and zucchini spaghetti in a creative way. I learnt a handy tip – that his mama used to say “one garlic clove per person”.

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Later I attended the wine tasting Riedel masterclass, where we sampled six regional Australian wines. I was impressed by variety of wine tasted and the good value with the gift pack of glasses and a bottle of wine.

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The cheese tasting experience was interesting. I learnt that mozzarella in Italy is always eaten the day it is made. I particularly liked the Tuckers Natural caramelised onion crackers.

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At the end of the day, I attended the Nespresso coffee tasting journey. I quickly picked up how to use the machine and we tried four different coffee pods, including an affogato – decaf on Movenpick vanilla ice cream.

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Maggie Beer’s new icecream – malted milk and chocolate biscuit wins the best food sample in my book.

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Overall an enjoyable way to spend a day exploring and tasting your way around some of Queensland and Australia’s best food and wine producers.

Highly recommended.

Thank you Square One PR for inviting me to be a guest at the Good Food and Wine Show

Restaurant review: Montrachet

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The day of our special occasion, we received a text asking to confirm our reservation. We both appreciated the small touches of good old fashioned customer service.

We were looking forward to dining at Montrachet in Paddington and dressed up for the event.

Of course, it has a very French decor with red leather chairs and benches. The tables are crowded up against each other to make the most of the available floor space. It wasn’t full on a Monday night, but there were only a handful of empty tables.

The waiters and waitresses were attentive and wore cute stripped waistcoats.

The menu is very French and we started with entrees of:

Escargots en Cocotte – Snails baked in little pots with garlic butter, tomato, spinach and topped with puff pastry lids
A very generous serve with 3 snails in each pot (so in total 9 snails).

Bouillon RichelieuxFoie gras with a trio of ravioli: chicken and black truffle; Prawn; beetroot and goat cheese cooked in a beetroot broth
Melt in your mouth pasta pockets.

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Followed by mains of:

Bouillabaisse – Reef fish, scallops, fresh green prawns and scored cuttlefish served in a rich seafood broth with aioli and garlic French toast
Large pieces of fresh seafood in a divine tomato based soup.

Canard aux Deux Façons – Confit roasted duck leg and roasted duck breast served with a pea and vegetable ragoût
Crispy skin with moist meat in a sauce of summer vegetables.

And perfect homemade Pommes Frites (potato chips). I normally like them cut thin, but I guess most Australian like them thick as they were served.

Sadly we were too full to be tempted by the chocolate truffles, Grand Marnier souffle, crème brûlée, or the french cheeses.

You can also eat at the marbled comptoir (counter).

The opening hours are not what you’d expect, but civilized for the staff. Lunches are Monday – Friday from 12.00pm and Dinners are Monday – Thursday from 6.00pm.

Please leave your jeans at home!

Highly recommended.

Montrachet
224 Given Terrace
Paddington Q 4064
Phone: 07 3367 0030

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100 recipes: Mussels

Best recipe
Moules marinière with cream, garlic and parsley – Rick Stein

About

French: Moules marinières

Moules marinières is mussels cooked with white wine and herbs. It is traditionally from Brittany, France. A few years ago, a survey found that the average French person’s favourite dish was moules marinières.

When purchasing fresh mussels look for ones with firmly shut shells, and pry them open (if needed) with a knife before you serve them.

Julia Child recommends serving mussels with French bread and a light, dry white wine.

If you consult your Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide, you’ll want to choose seafood which are ranked “Green – Better choice”, such as Blue Mussels, and also a better choice are Green Mussels imported from New Zealand.

For choosing sustainable seafood:

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Sangria (Spanish)

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Cooked for the Spainish entry in the Euro Cup and Plate challenge.

300ml red wine
60ml Cointreau
60ml gin
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 orange, thinly sliced
½ cup castor sugar
ice
lemonade

  1. Pour everything (except the ice and lemonade) into a jug. Stir thoroughly and then let it macerate in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
  2. Serve in a highball glass pour the mixture over ice, and top with the lemonade.

Serves 4.

VARIATIONS – Use soda instead of the lemonade.

Gluhwein – Warm spiced wine (Swiss)

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Cooked for the Swiss entry of the Euro Cup and Plate challenge.

150 ml orange juice
6 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
5 tablespoons white sugar
½ bottle of red wine

  1. Put all of the ingredients in a saucepan and heat the liquid until nearly boiling.
  2. Remove it from the heat and let the wine stand for as long as you can (the author suggests 1 to 2 hours to let the flavours develop – we weren’t so patient).
  3. When you are ready to serve, reheat the wine without boiling and strain into glasses.

A perfect drink for warming up in winter.

Serves 2.

Adapted from the Winter in the Alps swiss cookbook by Manuela Darling-Gansser.