Good day to all! I’m still working on tasting my goodies I purchased at the Royal Three Counties Show two weekends ago. Our treats today include some wine and cheese, which is a perfect snack on this windy Bristol day.
The fruit wine comes from Halfpenny Green Vineyards located in Staffordshire (DY7 5EP). I know this part of England is known for cider, so when I saw this was an actual vineyard for wine, I had to stop and try some for myself. They have an interesting history, first planting only a 1/2 acre in 1988. Now, they are one of the largest UK wine vineyards totaling almost 30 acres. Location for these vines are ideal, being somewhat sheltered in light free-draining soil, so its no surprise that what I sampled was vibrant and full of flavor. We decided to purchase a bottle of Blackbeer and Raisin fruit wine. They recommend having it on its own or mixing with soda water. For me, I preferred to sip it and savor the sweet ribbons of raisin and hints of licorice. This is actually something I would love to have in the winter as well, maybe even warmed up while relaxing by a fire. I’ll have to visit the vineyard in person sometime as they offer tours, and if not, there’s an online shop offering an ample variety to choose from.
To accompany the wine, I opened one of the three cheeses I purchased from Croome Cuisine located in Whittington, Worcester (WR5 2RQ). I can’t find a website, but they do maintain a facebook page here and seem to be present at quite a few shows and festivals in the area.
Today I tried the roasted garlic and parsley mature cheddar atop some crispbread. This cheese was nice and crumbly with a pleasant herby aroma. I loved this garlic flavor and it paired nicely with the parsley. The taste was robust, but not too overpowering. It would make a nice addition to an omelette, quiche, or savory tart, although I’m sure I’ll get through it just fine on its own.
Croome Cuisine features a wide range of interesting cheese flavors and I can’t wait to open the other two I bought (red onion & sage, or Worcester sauce & shallots anyone?). Their products can be found in loads of shops in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, etc. Find some if you’re in these areas and you will be happy you did!
My next post will feature something sweet and cidery. But for now, thanks for reading and Happy Eating!