The Big Cheese (Evening)

Wine Cheese Evening

Although we know everything there is to know about insurance here at Kingsbridge HQ, there are one or two things we’re not quite as sharp on. Cheese is one. Wine is another. As part of our series of staff events we thought we’d try and remedy the situation.

In a former life Mark Everett, one of our Business Development Managers, was an esteemed oenologist. In his current life, friend of Kingsbridge Henry Ravenhill helps to run the excellent Woefuldane Organic Dairy. We brought Mark and Henry together and asked them to draw up a list of cheeses with a selection of wines to complement them.

As Mark would readily point out, getting the right mix is somewhat dependent on the palette of the person sampling the goods. Whilst the combination of a slice of Roquefort and a 2011 Castel nau de Suduiraut might be masterful to some, it might leave others a little nonplussed. Nonetheless, everyone dived in with élan.

The evening was enjoyed by all. Mark and Henry’s easy rapport, combined with some enthusiastic wine ‘tasting’, led to a Wednesday evening substantially more pleasant than usual.

What next for the Kingsbridge canteen? Bratwurst and beer? Doughnuts and coffee? Milk and cookies? We’re not sure yet, but we’re already looking forward to it.

We’ve decided to share a few of Mark and Henry’s favourite cheese/wine combos below. Give them a try and let us know how you get on. You can scroll down further for a few pictures from the evening too.

Forester- Exclusive to Woefuldane Dairy. A mild yet complex flavour when young, maturing to full flavour and bite at around 6 months
Macon Lugny 2015, Domaine des Terres Gentilles - Crisp citrus fruit providing the backbone, and softer notes of green apples and aromas of white flowers adding welcoming delicacy and complexity
Double Gloucester – A wonderfully mellow yet flavorful character
Cotes du Rhone 2013, E Guigal - Full-bodied wine. Offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper

Dunlop – Originating in Ayrshire in the early 1700’s, it has a subtle, rich, buttery flavor and smooth texture
Pascal Series, Old Vive Zinfandel - Full bodied with a supple texture. Flavours of ripe plum and cherry with notes of liquorice, toast and spicy oak

Hampton Blue – A smooth buttery texture with tangy natural marbling
Castel nau de Suduiraut 2011, Sauteones – Seductive aromas of fragrant orange blossom, spices and fudge. The smooth initial taste develops into soft sweetness on the palate backed by the delicate aromas that are found on the nose

Blue Heaven – A mold ripened blue cheese with an overwhelming creaminess followed by the unmistakable bite of the Roquefort Blue Mold
Castel nau de Suduiraut 2011, Sauteones – Seductive aromas of fragrant orange blossom, spices and fudge. The smooth initial taste develops into soft sweetness on the palate backed by the delicate aromas that are found on the nose

White Heaven – Farmhouse Camembert with a memorable flavor and texture that is soft on the outside and crumbly on the inside
Cote de Beaune 2013, Louis Jadot - An elegant and sophisticated wine, combining a firm acidic structure with a good weight of forest fruit flavours on the mid-palate, and a mellow texture leading to a fine and linear finish

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