The Flavours of Cheese and Sparkling Wine
21st March 2023
The English and the Italians have something very delicious in common, an absolute love for Cheese and Sparkling Wine, it’s no wonder that the world of Enogastronomy, the fine art of pairing food with wine, is so popular, with the Charmat Method frequently accompanying creamy and crumbly cheese.
Cheese and Sparkling Wine creates a wonderland of flavours within the palate, and you can’t get any better than locally sourced cheese, straight from the farm shop, and in the current world, it’s very easy to have these freshly produced products delivered to your door across the United Kingdom, so why not take advantage of it all and experience the wonderful flavours, paired with an Italian Sparkling Wine, built on the same foundations of traditions and locally produced.
Borgo Conventi have been looking after their vineyards since 1975. The land on which Borgo Conventi is located was once owned by a noble landowner, where the first monastery in Farra d’Isonzo was built, today the land is covered by vines and the Borgo Conventi estate.
In 2001 the estate was acquired by the Folonari family, which brought in a higher production level without trading in any traditions, currently, the winery produces over 300,000 bottles of wine each year.
I had the pleasure of visiting Borgo Conventi, it’s kept its nostalgic history while incorporating new and modern sets. We travelled up into their vineyards where we enjoyed a bottle of their Sparkling Wine. Currently, my opinion stands that the best way to enjoy a bottle of Sparkling Wine is in the vineyard that grew the grapes with the people who produced it, the wine itself won’t technically taste any better, but you’ll be so high on the moment that your mind will make it taste like the angels have blessed you with this Glass of Bubbly.
Borgo Conventi – Ribolla Gialla – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “White floral, yellow rose petals, yellow stone fruits, silky apricot, almost creamy, honeysuckle, plenty of fresh floral notes on the aroma.”
Flavour – “There is a velvet character to this sparkling wine, with a light expression, subtle fruits, with an oily texture on the palate.”
Silver Medal in the Spring Fling Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022
Dewlay Cheesemakers was founded by George Kenyon in 1957, he decided to set up his own cheesemaking dairy in the heart of Garstang and over the years he earned a reputation for producing the very best Lancashire Cheese.
Joining his father after leaving school, Neil Kenyon carried on the tradition of producing high-quality Lancashire Cheese, and in 1997 Neil moved the business to its current site, designing and building Dewlay’s dedicated dairy and packing site, nestled on eight acres of land.
Dewlay is now run by third-generation brothers, Nick and Richard Kenyon, who are carrying on the fine tradition laid down by their grandfather and father, producing Lancashire’s finest cheese.
Dewlay or ‘Du lait’ in French, means ‘Of the milk’.
Dewlay Tasty Lancashire Cheese & Bubbly – “There’s a slight refreshment/cleansing of the palate from the sparkling wine, yet the cheese flavours grow from midlength to the close, the sparkling wine wraps itself around the cheese but doesn’t combine.”
Dewlay Traditional Creamy Lancashire Cheese & Bubbly – “A very creamy character, really good cheese, with its lovely creamy and saline character, the wine isn’t bold enough to make any indent on the cheese, but it does very lightly refresh the palate for the next slice.”
Dewlay Crumbly Lancashire Cheese & Bubbly – “A saline pairing, toning down the expression of the cheese with subtle white floral characters on the palate.”
Garstang Blue & Bubbly – “A fruity expression from the sparkling wine hits initially, then quickly soaks into the creamy blue cheese, mouth wateringly savoury initially, then relaxes into the savoury delights from the blue cheese.”
Garstang White & Bubbly – “Fresh subtle fruity palate cleansing experience initially, allowing for a saline savoury expression thereafter.”
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