Twenty family and friends celebrated Sandra’s birthday at John and Sandra’s beautiful house on Montgo recently with a cheese and wine evening that I had the pleasure of presenting, with excellent assistance from Dom, John’s 9 year old grandson who helped with the foils, corks and the wine pouring as well as holding up the DO Map of Spain!; along with Claire, who advised on cheeses, did the filming and laid out the cheese boards. Mine was the easy bit!

We chose 5 different cheeses, three French and two Spanish, each to be accompanied by a different wine. Whilst many like to drink red wine with cheese – there are some cheeses that go very nicely with white wine and we started with Avgvstvs Chardonnay FB 2011 – a superb, Burgundy style wine.

The rest of the wines were red, supplied by my friends at Bodegas Sierra Salinas (Mo Tinto 2010; Puerto Salinas 2009); and Bodegas Castaño (Colección 2009; Castaño Dulce Monastrell 2009).

The wines were, as expected, really tasty with depth too – we each had our favourites of course. Plus the cheeses were excellent and the combined flavours of cheese and wine worked very well.

Such nights can be arranged for anyone – please contact me for details: