A good glass of wine is great at Christmas time. Especially when the wine is easy to sip because it’s refreshing, tasty and fruity all at once.
And there’s nothing we love more than pairing a good glass of wine with a tasty morsel of cheese!
At Asda there's a fantastic range of award winning wines and cheeses which complement each other perfectly, but also work well on their own.
Talking about how Asda's wines are selected, Ed Betts, buying manager at The Wine Shop, said: "There’s a bit of science that sits behind it. The first is kind of trying to figure out what the customer wants out of the wine - that’s the first bit.
"Then it’s looking for the quality of the wine. And while each one will taste very different you can tell if things are made well."
If you’re thinking about hosting a cheese and wine night this season with all the extra toppings, we’ve got you covered. You'll just need to grab your best wooden chopping board, cheese knives and wine glasses!
Great cheese and wine pairings
1. Extra Special Barossa Chardonnay: It’s vibrant in colour with green highlights and has an expressive and punchy nose of nashi pear, white peach and shortbread. Flowing through the wine there’s a creamy palate with hints of cashews and lemon curd.
Perfect with Extra Special Gouda: This hard Dutch cheese has a firm and crunchy texture with a sweet, caramel-like flavour. To create a truly authentic Gouda taste our Extra Special cheese is traditionally ripened and matured on wooden shelves for up to twelve months. This develops a firm, golden-coloured, full-flavoured cheese with a hint of sweetness.
2. Extra special Chianti Riserva: It's bright red ruby in colour and has an intense fruity taste with a violet fragrance. It's dry and harmonious on the palate with notes of dark chocolate and black cherries.
Perfect with Extra Special Manchego: Prepared only from the milk of Manchega sheep from Spain's wild la Mancha region, and aged for up to 12 months for a rich nuttiness.
3. Asda Finest Reserve Port: This reserve port develops a rich smooth character with delicious ripe fruit flavours meaning it's ideal as an after dinner accompaniment to cheese or nuts.
Perfect with Extra Special Stilton: Prepared at the renowned Tuxford and Tebbutt creamery for a deep, full-bodied flavour that melts into a delightfully smooth finish.
When putting together a cheeseboard, aim for different flavours and textures to keep your guests' taste buds tickled. We've put together a list of additional extras which would make your board stand out from the rest!
Fresh and dried fruit and nuts - try Asda Grower's Selection Seedless Mixed Grapes and the Fruit and Nut selection too. You could also chop up some figs into quarters. They not only look great but it's a match made in foodie heaven!
Biscuits - Extra Special Biscuits For Cheese would work well as there's a great range for your guests to choose from.
Spicy chutney or honey - add a spoonful of rich and sweet tomato chutney or squeezy runny honey to your cheeseboard so your guests can top their cheese with this. Or you could try making your own inspired chutney recipe, which works just as well with our Extra Special Cheese Selection.