Match of the week
Alcester Gold cheese and truffle honey and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont
Despite the fact that white and sweet wines go just as well with cheese as red wine the idea persists that red is the better pairing
Not when it’s served with honey it isn’t as this delicious match the other day at Wilsons restaurant in Bristol demonstrated.
The cheese was a Vacherin-type cheese called Alcester Gold which is apparently 'made in Hampshire and finished in Oxford'! It was served with truffle honey which both added sweetness and an exotic umami note to the combination
The wine was a sweet wine from one of the lesser known Bordeaux appellations Sainte-Croix-du-Mont: a 2016 from Chateau Le Pin Sacriste. I can’t find it online in the UK but suspect it will be available through RS Wines who supply Wilsons with their wine. If you can’t track it down you could easily substitute Sauternes - and Vacherin for the hard to find Alcester Gold - though I suspect the Sainte Croix is better value.
The combination of the two was really delicious - a reminder of how well sweet wine goes with washed rind as well as blue cheeses
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