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TartanSpoon EVENT Cheese and Wine Evening at Otro, Edinburgh

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Mention Otro to any foodie in Edinburgh and they immediately start salivating over their Sunday Lunches. They are renowned for their Sunday roasts and those Yorkshire puddings.

My attendance was at their first ever Cheese and Wine event held on a cold and blustery Wednesday evening with cheese from our wonderful Artisan Scottish Cheesemonger IJ Mellis cheeses and wine from l’Art Du Vin who since 2007 have built a reputation for being one of Scotland’s leading independent wine operators who meticulously source wine from all corners of the globe.

TartanSpoon EVENT Cheese and Wine Evening at Otro, Edinburgh

We were seated in groups of four, approx 6 tables, and each laden with a beautiful wooden board of cheesy delights and accompaniments.

TartanSpoon EVENT Cheese and Wine Evening at Otro, Edinburgh

Including IJ Mellis beetroot chutney

TartanSpoon EVENT Cheese and Wine Evening at Otro, Edinburgh

And some fabulous honey.

TartanSpoon EVENT Cheese and Wine Evening at Otro, Edinburgh

Cheese 1 – Ragstone Goats Cheese

This is an English pasteurised goat’s milk cheese made by Neal’s Yard Creamery. The texture is light and creamy with creamy white mould rind and a savoury lactic and lemony flavours.

TartanSpoon EVENT Cheese and Wine Evening at Otro, Edinburgh

Wine 1 – Paired with a Swiss Scottish white wine, Fendant du Valais, les Deux Cimes

Difficult to make wine in Scotland, Jamie McCulloch from Edinburgh done the next best thing and made wine in Switzerland and sells it here in Scotland. He only makes 1000 cases per year so when you see it on a menu make sure you order some.

It’s made from Switzerland’s most widely planted white grape, Chasselas, which creates a refreshing, dry, light-bodied white wine that’s fresh and zesty. It’s light and easy drinking.

This pairing complimented each other well, neither overpowering each other, but rather the wine enhanced the lemon flavours in the cheese, ever so slightly.

TartanSpoon EVENT Cheese and Wine Evening at Otro, Edinburgh

Cheese 2 – Tunworth Brie Cheese

More Camembert than Brie, this English cheese is made entirely by hand. The rind is white, soft and wrinkly whilst the interior is soft, gooey and creamy with lovely rich nutty flavour with a mushroomy aroma.

TartanSpoon EVENT Cheese and Wine Evening at Otro, Edinburgh

Wine 2 – Paired with Grolleau, Le Joufflu, Les Equilibristes 2017 red wine.

Made from the Grolleau grape, this French grape is grown in the Loire valley. Wines made from Grolleau grapes tend to be low in alcohol with high acidity. Reds made from Grolleau tend to be light bodied, packed full of fruit flavours and food friendly.

This was light in colour and body, and the high acidity was well paired to cut through the creaminess and goo of the brie.

TartanSpoon EVENT Cheese and Wine Evening at Otro, Edinburgh

Cheese 3 – Barwheys Cheddar

An award winning Scottish cheese. Barwheys Cheddar is made in Ayrshire and has been aged for 12 months giving it a nice meaty and strong flavour. It’s mellow, creamy and smooth.

TartanSpoon EVENT Cheese and Wine Evening at Otro, Edinburgh

Wine 3 – Paired with Rioja Crianza Blanco, Hacienda Grimon 2010

An organic wine from Spain. This wine looks like water, it has almost no colour. Acidity is high and medium bodied but you can pick up the aromas of oak from the oak barrel fermentation.

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