I believe life should be made up of little celebrations that mark our accomplishments and milestones, or even just a treat to acknowledge a nice day. It is all too easy to get caught up in the never-ending cycle of work, everyday struggles and that feeling of never quite being where you want to be. Our small wins should be acknowledged and woven into the fabric of our daily lives. So on Friday 28th October I plan to raise a glass of champagne to celebrate Global Champagne Day. I will pause for a moment to reflect about all the good things that have happened to me recently. A glass of joy to banish the general mood of gloom and despair, and it will of course be paired with some tasty cheese.
Here are some of my cheese choices to accompany my favourite champagnes; Champagne Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve or Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé (which I think is simply one of the best Rosé Champagnes available).
Delice is a simply sublime (and very popular) soft cheese that's made with raw cows' milk, enriched with double cream to create a rich buttery texture and flavour. It is produced in Burgundy, France where it ripens in cellars for at least three weeks. Afterwards it continues to mature for another two weeks in a wooden box developing a bloomy rind like on a brie.
2. Ossau Iraty
This iconic raw ewes' milk cheese from the Pyrenees in France is a real crowd-pleaser; with a nutty, slightly caramelly taste and wonderfully lingering flavour. Its sweet and butterfat elements appeal to novice cheese lovers while the nutty complexity and depth will charm the sophisticated palates of true cheese connoisseurs.
This is an artisan Swiss cow's milk cheese with a deep and complex flavour, courtesy of incredible Alpine milk and the rind washed with a secret recipe brine, infused with wine and spices. The purple label Appenzeller is matured for a minimum of 9 months. The rich texture is aromatic, sweet and nutty with a wonderful crunch. It is another cheese which is just fantastic with a glass of posh fizz.
Gorgonzola Dolce is a beautifully soft/voluptuous and mellow artisan blue. Everything about this cheese is seductive – so perhaps to be enjoyed with that special person in your life. It has a luxurious creamy texture, with a somewhat pungent aroma and a sweet, nutty aftertaste that marries just beautifully with complex and lingering champagnes.
I hope you will also raise a glass of the finest champagne you can get your hands on for Global Champagne Day on October 28, and celebrate your personal successes.
The Cheese Lady x
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