NZ Wine Directory has a new ‘Partner in Wine’ – The Cheese Wheel – fine Artisan Cheese hand made in NZ delivered to your door each month.
Kiwis have a huge number of New Zealand wines to choose from now, with the industry expanding and producing world class examples of all varieties from across our wine regions.
We also have an ever growing Artisan Cheese industry manufacturing a wonderful selection of NZ cheeses, awarded Gold, Silver & Bronze medals each year at the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards.
So when we talk about wine, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Cheese of course! Nothing beats a platter with a few cheeses, crackers, antipasto and a nice glass or two of NZ wine.
There are currently 30+ artisan cheese makers spread throughout NZ. They make a wide variety of styles using milk from cows, sheep, goats, buffalo, and deer. Many sell most of their product at local farmers’ markets or at their gate, so you won’t find many in your local deli let alone the supermarket.
The Cheese Wheel has solved this problem by letting you subscribe to having four outstanding and often scarce artisan cheeses delivered to your door each month. You’ll find nearly 30 cheese-makers profiled on their website along with lots of other news about cheese.
Its super easy to subscribe and to exit (although hardly anyone ever exits!). You also get a description of the provenance and profile of each cheese, and suggestions for what wine (or beer) to match.
One of the Founders of The Cheese Wheel, Kevin Jenkins, wrote in the NZ Herald Big read: Will cheese become New Zealand’s next craft beer? – NZ Herald about how NZ is trailing the world in quality cheese production and consumption.
The article traces how the volume of artisan and specialist cheeses has been increasing for decades, and how this is emulating the rise of craft beer, and the rise of quality and exciting NZ wine before that. Even around 2000 there was only a handful of artisan cheese-makers bringing cheese to market.
Well, its different now, and there’s no excuse to not match your outstanding NZ wine with an innovative and stunning NZ cheese. Just like with local winemakers, our local cheese-makers need our support!