No Christmas would be complete without a slice of Stilton or its unpasteurised cousin Stitchelton. But what to drink with it? The usual answer is port - and that of course is classic - but here are some other drinks that make great pairings
This is my absolute favourite pairing if truth be told. Similar to port but with a slightly bitter edge that goes brilliantly well with blue cheese. Damson gin is great too.
The marmalade and orange peel flavours of this famous Hungarian dessert wine are fantastic with this mellow blue
More commonly associated with Roquefort but also very good with Stilton
Yes, the old-fashioned cream sherry your gran kept in her cupboard. Sweet, raisiny and totally lovely
Aged Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
My new ‘go to’ red for blue cheese after trying a wonderful 2007 Woodlands cab the other day
Fruit wines are too often overlooked but this has the perfect port-like profile for Stilton
Porter - or stout
Preferably an oak-aged one like the Glenlivet Cask Stout from Bristol Beer Factory I wrote about last December. Amazing match
And of course port
With the cheese, not in it, please. It ruins the colour as well as the flavour. The traditional match is a late bottled vintage or vintage port but I must confess I’m rather partial to a 10 year old tawny.
You may also find this post 20 Christmas wine pairings to learn by heart useful.