In December, Ben was invited to talk to BBC Radio Bristol's drivetime host Laura Rowlings about wine and cheese pairing. Pairing wine with food is a big part of what we do here at Novel Wines, so we were ecstatic to talk to Laura.
In the video, Ben and Laura discuss what was behind the origin of Novel Wines before chatting about the best wine and food pairings.
We tried three different pairings with cheese from Nibbles - Bath's oldest and best cheesemonger.
The first is a Tomme de Chevre 20 month+ aged goat's cheese paired with Gabor Kardos' Supreme dry Tokaj. The Chardonnay-like blend has flavours of apple and cream from the oak, which goes so well with the full bodied goat's cheese flavour. Laura says it brought out so much more in the cheese!
The second is the Chateau Ksara Cabernet Sauvignon rich red wine, paired with the pongy Farmer's Gould cheddar. Cheddars, especially mature ones, work really well with tannic big reds.
Finally we tasted the awesome Thai Monsoon Valley Late Harvest Chenin Blanc with a blue. You can't beat that pairing, so you just have to give it a go at home!