Brought to you by Lidl Ireland, you’ll be spoiling yourself and your family with these premium quality wines and cheeses.
Whether you are having guests to your house over the festive period or you just fancy a cosy night in front of the fire, wine and cheese is a pleasure and with the right pairings, it can be the ultimate treat!
From Lidl’s Deluxe range, we’ve selected five fantastic cheeses that we’d be happy tucking into any evening – sure to be finished in one go rather than return to the fridge!
Plus we’ve picked five delicious wines from their Christmas range that we think are matches made in… well, they are just pretty amazing!
Actually, before we get started with our five picks, we had to highlight this delicious Champagne that is available in Lidl stores for €22.99. It’s a really great wine that is the perfect fizz for your festivities! (Or maybe just a Friday night tipple to start the weekend off on the right tone)
Here are five wine and cheese pairings we want to enjoy this Christmas…
Château Carpena Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg AOC, €9.99
Like a lot of red clarets (red Bordeaux wines), this one packs a punch. It's big and the flavours will deepen and open even more as you drink it. It's recommended to decant it before serving.
Brie de Meaux is known as ‘The King of Cheeses’ and what better cheese to serve with this fantastic claret? Ripe Brie should smell a little mouldy but not have an overpowering smell. It's made from raw cow's milk and named after the town in which its made - Meaux, outside of Paris.
Picciò Syrah Terre Siciliane IGT, €9.99
This wine has been called "a revelation" by Lidl's lead wine taster and Master of Wine, Richard Bampfield. It is from Sicily and its lovely balanced flavour and elegant Syrah qualities make it a brilliant drink.
For this super wine, we've picked a super cheese. Manchego is produced in the La Mancha region of Spain and is made from unpasteurised sheep's milk. One of the popular cheeses from Spain, it is excellent when paired with either a Spanish wine, like Tempranillo, or a sherry, but in particular, once the wine is lively and fruity, it will match well. This Syrah is an excitable drink and we feel the two are great together.
What people often forget about the beautiful wine that is Chablis it that it is made from Chardonnay grapes. However, that's really where the similarities end between these two wines. 'Chablis' is actually a wine-growing region in the northeast of Burgundy. This wine is a very textbook example of a Chablis and is very good indeed – pick it up before it's gone! Wonderful with turkey or ham and has a lengthy finish even if just enjoyed on its own, or with cheese as we shall now suggest for you...
We've picked this cheese to go with the Chablis as it is a semi-soft cheese and is delicate with lovely notes of hazelnut and brown butter that will marry well with this wine. Equally this cheese is fantastic melted, so we think a black pudding and Gruyére cheese toastie with this wine could possibly be mind-blowing!
Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso DOC, €11.99
A modern and increasingly popular style of Valpolicella that uses the dried grapes used in the making of the famous Amarone. With ripe, dried cherry flavours, this is a generous, plush dry red with admirable freshness on the long finish.
A delicate creamy texture and wonderful mellow flavour. Handmade and matured uniquely by the Grubb family in Co. Tipperary to create a delicious semi-soft blue cheese.
Le Pertuis Des Champs Pouilly-Fumé AOP, €16.99
Pouilly-Fumé produces some of the most refined, delicate Sauvignon Blanc and according to Richard Bampfield, "this is a lovely example – alarmingly easy to drink." We think we've got the perfect cheese pairing for it too! Read on...
Gouda is a washed curd, semi-hard, cows milk cheese that is easy to cut and grate and also melts beautifully. Because this cheese is the Deluxe Vintage Gouda Cheese it means it is aged for up to 10 months and has a buttery, caramel flavour. This versatile, light and dry Pouilly-Fumé wine complements this cheese well and together both will melt in your mouth!
For more of Lidl Ireland's range of wines and cheeses, and for their full Christmas range of products, visit their website here.
For Christmas recipes from Lidl, read more here.
If you have wine and cheese pairing suggestions, please let us know in the comments below...