The combination of these two products has long been synonymous, if seeming somewhat old fashioned. This celebration of wine and cheese will be extended to include tutored tastings and cookery demonstrations, and the chance to buy and eat cooked cheese dishes such as arancini (Italian risotto balls), tartiflette and raclette.
You will also find other drinks that work equally well with cheese. Have you considered matching beer with cheese?
The festival promises to be more than a combination of good old mouse-trap cheddar and red plonk; there will be a diverse range of cheeses from expert cheesemongers such as Paxton and Whitfield, La Fromagerie and the Bath Soft Cheese Company (I can personally guarantee their mini cheese boards as a delicious and filling alternative for lunch),
So broaden your horizons, buy, sample, and book for tutored tastings and talks. The exhibition will be hosted by Anglo-Italian chef, Valentina Harris, author of numerous cookery books, some of which are on my shelves. Above all, don't forget that the best way to taste wine is to sniff, roll it around your palate and spit it out. It sounds like a frightful waste, but at least you'll remain sober.