Wine and Cheese? Yes Please!

Wine paired with the right Cheese can be a wonderful experience for you and your tastebuds. So we have put together a couple of suggestions for you to try now with what is the best picnic weather of the year!


A Brie cheese is creamy in texture with soft and buttery flavour is a match made in heaven with a dry and full body Chardonnay wine.


Gouda is a Dutch full flavoured cheese and is best eaten with a smooth Merlot wine. A Merlot is a delicious red variety, which is easy to drink. Yum!


A sharp Cheddar cheese is full of flavour, can be very “moreish” A cheddar is best with a sharp Cabernet Sauvignon.


The crisp and intense flavours of a Parmesan cheese will be delightful on most pallets- paired with Chianti will take your tastebuds to Tuscany. What an experience! Bellisimi!!


Blue cheese may not be to everyone’s liking, however this cheese comes to life with a Riesling.


Ricotta has such wonderful flavours, soft and delicate in its taste, it takes on an new identity when enjoyed with a Pinot Grigio.


Mozzarella, what a spectacular cheese, taste and consistency is something to be excited about. Mild in flavour, which is why when it comes to choosing a wine you cant go past a good quality Sauvignon Blanc.


Whether it be a dinner party with friends, a girls night in or you are simply trying to impress the in-laws, give these combinations a go and enjoy two guilty pleasures at once.cheeseboard

Good Value Versus Cheap

Let’s face it: everyone loves a bargain. However, when it comes to doing our weekly grocery shopping, do we go for cheap over good value? Have we been conditioned to believe that cheap is in fact good value? Whether it’s due to culture, our upbringing or our personal and family values, we all have different views on what is good value for money.


So, does good value mean cheap? In most situations that require us to open our purse or wallet, we often measure if our desire to have that product and all it represents is in balance with the amount of money we are prepared to spend. If premium produce, lasts longer, tastes better and is served up to you with great customer service, is that not still in balance with a higher price?


Consider a tomato that was carefully selected from local market gardeners, which was full of flavour, so fresh it was bursting with nutrients and was going to last you well over a week at $6 a kilo. Compare that with a different tomato which was on special, significantly cheaper, perhaps not premium produce and was ready to eat today maybe tomorrow before it needed to go to waste. Would you really want to sacrifice this fantastic quality tomato for one which was lacking in benefits in order to save just a few dollars?


Most of us at some point would have bought something because it was the cheaper option, to later come to terms with the fact that it was cheaper for a reason. Ever had to replace the cheaper option? Throw away the cheaper option? Curse the cheaper option? So instead of saving money, you’ve in fact wasted money by purchasing the cheaper option! #YouGetWhatYouPayFor.


Support your local grocers, they may not always be the cheapest option but we don’t really want cheap fruit and veg, we want good value!