Bring out the best in your Co-op cheese and mince pies with our expert advice on the perfect drinks to pair with your savoury favourites.
Food and drink pairings
This Pinot Grigio is full of lovely ripe yellow stone fruits, green pear and candied citrus. With such a refreshing and balanced palate, the nutty profile of the Manchego really shines through.
This pairing brings the delightful, nutty, lightly salted butter flavour from the Comte cheese, and rounds it off with a subdued acidity when paired with the Chablis. It allows for a sweetness and meadow like profile to develop on the pallet, creating a nice light provincial pairing.
This late bottled vintage port with its' robust, rich, sweet molasses like nectar and boozy back notes, stands up perfectly to the bold, strong, ripe blue cheese. The sweetness cuts through the thick creamy mouth feel, and contrasts the strong mineral cheese to give a nice harmonious balance between the two big bold flavours.
Our Irresistible mince pies has a blend of vine fruits, festive spices, brandy and port giving jammy, plum like red fruits. And this compliments the sweet jammy strawberry notes of the Pedro Ximenez. The richness of the sherry compliments the all butter pastry, while the acidity in the vine fruits cut through the richness.
This is a wonderful salty, mineral, mature cheddar with creamy milk. The subtle lactic acid profile in the cheese pairs perfectly with the acidity of the Chardonnay. A great combination.
Rich, robust red Leicestershire cheese with its nutty, acidic, butter profile is charmed by our Irresistible cider. Its contrast fruity sweetness, along with the fizz, helps to lighten this rich deep cheese to elevate its buttery nuttiness.
The younger of our two ports provides more berry like sweetness, with a subtle acidity which harmonises with the rich, creamy, salty, mineral and slightly tangy vintage cheddar. The port acts in the same way a chutney does, breaking down the creaminess of the cheese to allow more of its subtle flavours to come to life.
This pairing elevates both participants to new levels. The mature cheddar with its subtle acidity, dairy sweetness and mild saltiness perfectly tames the bitter backnotes of this lager, allowing the beer to show more of its caramelised sweetness. The bubbles provide a crisp refreshing taste by cutting through the fattiness of the cheese giving way for more milk character to come out of the cheese. A great example of what food & drink pairings can do together vs the sum of their contents.