Wednesday

Say Cheese please

If you love cheese but always end up making the same selection over and over again it’s about time you headed to La Cave a Fromage to crank up your taste buds a few notches. Having recently opened in Hove, this double-fronted cheese specialist offers food lovers a choice of over 200 cheeses and caters for those of us whose palates crave new flavours and love variety.

Tiers of Cheese
Having supplied such celebrated clients including Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, Eric Charriaux and Amnon Paldi are already established as experts in their field.  They are passionate about introducing everyone to the wealth of different cheeses that are available across France and in the UK in particular and are keen to support small farmers and keep the traditions that go into cheese making alive. 

Their enthusiasm and commitment are contagious and at the tasting session we were not disappointed.  Served up enticingly on a slate slab were a selection of hard and gooey cheeses, each accompanied with a description of its pedigree and a carefully chosen wine.

Their choices brought surprising tastes to your palate, with the stand out favourite going to Banon from Provence and completed with a glass of Cuvee Marianne red, 2004 from Chateau Saint-Louis-La-Perdrix, Costieres de Nimes. This may sound really specific, but that’s what it is all about when you venture away from the cheese trilogy; cheddar, red Gloucester and Wensleydale with Cranberry, and a whole world of flavour, expertise and passion is unleashed.

The number of cheeses I could wax lyrical about are endless, so I’ll just suggest one more combo to look out for, try the Stilton matured in port from Leicestershire with the Moscatell, 2005 from Mas Estela, Costa Rosa. Oh, I do love a bit of Moscatell.

Every other Thursday, you can book in to attend a tasting session and benefit from their cheese based wisdom for yourself or visit their website and seek their expert advice, type in your favourite cheese and they will advise you which wine would best complement it.  Calories? who's counting?

La Cave a Fromage
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  1. Also, if you like cheese give http://www.pongcheese.co.uk a try. It's excellent.

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