Port and cheese enjoy delicious synergy and are renowned to be one of the best classic wine and food matches around. In this article we explore the variety of cheeses which you pair with different types of Port to enjoy the perfect pairing.
There’s nothing like a delicious creamy Stilton with a good quality Port. Our creamy yellow Stilton is produced in Nottinghamshire and goes down a treat with the Paxton’s Vintage Port. The soft buttery texture, mellow character and piquancy of the cheese teases the ripe, powerful flavours in the Vintage Port and work beautifully with its rich, fruity core.
You may not have thought of pairing Port with goat’s cheese before but it’s surprisingly good. Our Etoile de Gatine is a pretty star shaped French goat’s cheese which looks fabulous on a festive cheeseboard. It features a fudgy consistency and mild flavour and hails from the marshy Gatine area of Poitou, an area known for its apple orchards. Fabulous when paired with Taylor’s First Estate Reserve, a lighter style of Port which doesn’t overwhelm the delicacy of the cheese. Best enjoyed with a mature Etoile de Gatine as there needs to be a fairly robust salt content and goat flavour with this Port.
Brillat Savarin Affine
This French cheese was created at the end of the 19th century as a cheese that could feature in the final course of grand gastronomic meals. Today, Paxton’s Brillat Savarin Affine is made in the Bourgogne region of France, and is enriched with the addition of cream to the cows’ milk before the cheesemaking process starts. The cheese is shaped like a small drum and is coated in a light penicillin mould giving it the appearance of snow – very apt for your Christmas celebrations! Goes well with Taylor’s 2011 Late Bottled Vintage Port as the rind of this cheese has interesting ‘mushroomy’ notes, highlighting some of the earthier notes in the Port.
Paxton’s Cave Aged Cheddar PDO
We’re very proud of our Paxton’s Cave Aged Cheddar. It features a distinctive fruity and nutty bite with underlying earthy notes absorbed from its maturation period in the caves at Wookey Hole, Somerset. You’ll find it has a very dense consistency that is very satisfying in the mouth. It’s made to exacting specifications regarding geography, milk source and recipe, earning it a Protection Designation of Origin (PDO). We would pair it with a lightly chilled glass of Paxton Tawny Port - this combination works as the Port hints of raisins and this helps show some of the sweeter, more caramel flavours in the cheese.
Gruyere Reserve PDO
Our Gruyere Reserve PDO comes in the shape of a wheel that weighs from 25-40kg and it has a clean, even-coloured, brown and grainy rind. The body of the cheese is slightly soft and waxy in texture with an attractive ivory colour that can vary with the season. The taste is dominated by a flavour that is gently salty with fruity notes and a lactic aftertaste. Goes perfectly with Taylor’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port which has even more complex, dried fruit and dried apricot notes than the 10-year. A very satisfying combination as a Gruyere of that age (17 months) shows lovely pineapple, fruity flavours. Again, we would serve this Port lightly chilled.
Don’t forget, you can order your cheese and Port online and have it delivered to your home in time for your Christmas celebrations. SHOP FOR PORT.
Cheese and Port Christmas Gifts
Our Cheese and Port selections make a great Christmas gift for friends and family. Take a look at The Paxton, The Whitfield and the Stilton Lovers Selection or for more ideas visit the Christmas Cheese section of our website.