Cheeses from the Cheesemakers of Canterbury

George Ward of Cheesemakers of Canterbury

Welcome to our casual and relaxed wine tasting matched with some of the fine artisanal cheeses from the Cheesemakers of Canterbury presented by George Ward. 

Stoney Cross,

a mould-ripened cheese that ripens from the rind inwards, similar to Caerphilly and Sharpham Rustic, but tangier. Made by Lyburn Cheesemakers in the New Forest  - better known for their 18-month Old Winchester, kissing cousin to a Pasrmesan. Pasteurised, vegetarian. 


 a goat's version of camembert, made at Hastingleigh by Ellie's Dairy. Brighter and sharper tasting than the cow's milk original, and a cheese that does not lie so heavily on the stomach. Have it as it is, or dot it on a pizza to liven things up. Pasteurised, vegetarian. 


a sheep's version of camembert, made  by Cheesemongers of Canterbury at Hastingleigh. Sheep's milk can be sweeter and is always richer than cow's milk, but this one can show real pungency as it ripens. Needs something with real character to tame it. Pasteurised, vegetarian. 

Dorset Blue Vinny,

 Brought back from exinction in the 1980s by Woodbridge Farm, Sturminster Newton. This was always made with the skimmed milk after the cream had been extracted for butter-making. Light and rather crumbly when young, like this one, stronger and creamier as it ages. Pasteurised, vegetarian. 


a strong,hard sheep's cheese made by Cheesemakers of Canterbury, at Dargate. Made in the cheddar style it has quite a bite for such a cuddly, wooolly creature.Goes well with charcuterie. Unpasteurised, vegetarian. 

Ancient Ashmore.

Aged for 12 months at their Dargate dairy, this  is the strongest of Cheesemakers of Canterbury's regular cheeses. It's a bit of a late night treat, with a glass of something strong and sweet.A deep rumbling, resonant bass note, moving fairly inevitably to an equaly deep snore. Unpasteurised, vegetarian.

All cheeses available from Cheesemakers of Canterbury's counter at The Goods Shed, Station Road West, Canterbury.

Do the glasses really make a difference?

In Australia there are even more annual wine competitions than here in the UK, with at least one in each state capital city plus regional competitions and numerous others with different themes.

Recently there has been almost as much debate about what glasses to serve the wines in for judging as there has been about screwcaps vs corks. 

Most of the major wine shows (as they are called in Oz) have changed from using the once omnipresent ISO glass with its tulip shape and narrow opening to the Riedel Ouverture or Vinum series or equivalents, depending upon their budgets.

These wine glasses have larger bowls and openings but are designed to display the aromas and flavours of a wine at their best. In fact the leading glass manufacturers have developed specific designs for the many different wine styles from amontillado sherry to zinfandel. That’s getting a bit anoraky for me, but there are glasses such as the Riedel Ouverture red wine glass or the Riedel Vinum Sauvignon and Chianti glasses that have performed well in comparisons conducted by experts with different wines and glasses. These are recommended as good all-rounders that aren’t too expensive and are pretty robust. More importantly you won’t look too much like a knob if you use them.

Try this at home

The next time you open a half decent bottle of wine try pouring a portion into various glasses and vessels and see how different the wine smells and tastes.

It is also worthwhile asking your wine merchant for advice regarding glassware. Many carry a range or can order them in.


Tasting of Wines With Cheeses from the Cheesemakers of Canterbury

Welcome to our casual and relaxed wine tasting matched with some of the fine artisanal cheeses from the Cheesemakers of Canterbury presented by George Ward.

1. Stoney Cross paired with

 Zonin – Rosato Spumante Brut – £13.99



 2.Shaggy’s paired with 

Stanley Estates – Albarino 2015- £18.99

Marlborough,New Zealand

3.Dumpy paired with 

Mas Gabriel – Clos du Papillons 2014 - £16.99

Pays de l’Herault, Caux, France 


4.Dorset Blue paired with 

Santa Macarena –Pinot Noir 2016 - £13.99

D.O. Valle de Aconcagua, Chile               


Pasqual Toso – Selected Vines Malbec 2015 - £19.99

Mendoza, Argentina

5.Ramsey paired with 

Mas Gabriel – Les Trois Terrasses 2015 - £14.99

Pays d’Herault, Caux, France

6.Ancient Ashmore  paired with 

Monte Real – Tempranillo 2015 - £12.99



Ramos Pinto – Port Reserve – £17.99

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