Rosé and Artisan Cheese at Milk The Cow

In Andi's Reviews by Classtoglass

Milk The Cow is a rather aptly named licensed fromagerie in Melbourne. With milking machine styled lights and an enormous cheese display in place of a bar, for wine and cheese fans alike – this immediately feels like a little slice of heaven. There a branches in Carton and St Kilda, regularly hosting events like this one and they have a great mailing list.

Rosé and artisan cheese

A rather curious combination. Obviously cheese and wine have been besties forever, and finding rosé wine so versatile as I do, I was more glad than surprised to see this event. Four artisan cheeses expertly matched to four perfect wines by our two charismatic hosts.

NV Bocelli Family Wines Brut Rose & Brillat Savarin

Like strawberries and cream, this elegant pairing is delicious and fun. This gorgeous effervescent rosé from Veneto Italy, demonstrates the very best of the Chardonnay, Prosecco and Pinot Noir grapes it is made from. With just a hint of sweetness it is the perfect match for the triple cream, cave aged soft cheese – one of their most popular choices.

2015 Chateau de L’Escarelle Palm Rose & Fleur du Maquis

Incredibly pale and delightfully floral, this organic rosé from Provence was my personal favourite of the four. A delightful blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes. The peaches on the palate complemented this unique Corsican sheep cheese – both an expression of their origin. The cheese wrapped in rosemary, thyme and juniper; common herbs of the island, make it deliciously rustic.

2016 Hesketh Art Series Rosé & Queso Mahon

The first of the Australian rosés. The deep red colour hinted at the Shiraz grapes blended with Petit Verdot to produce it. The raspberry and pink grapefruit notes are perfect for this bouncy rich cow cheese with its hint of paprika. This cheese is another wonderful expression of where it originated. Cheeses have been made in Menorca since 3000 BC and the combination of spice and saltiness was reminiscent of a sea breeze.

2016 Gentree Luna de Fresa Rosé

Aptly named, this ‘strawberry moon’ Maclaren Vale bio-dynamic wine is made just from the free run juice of the grapes. Hints of candy floss and orchard fruit work in harmony with the brioche and caramel notes of the American goat milk Gouda. Aged for much longer than the wine, this cheese is a little pricey, but it is incredibly long lasting and unique.

Milk The Cow

This event was a fantastic treat on a rainy Monday night. You can be sure therefore, that we will be back for more pairing experiences at Milk The Cow.

  • Over 150 artisan cheeses on hand for pairing with well chosen wines and other booze.
  • They hold regular wine and cheese pairing events as well as gin, cider and whiskey and cheese events.
  • Open late every day of the year (except Christmas Day) and take reservations only for groups of 6 or more. Smaller groups are welcome to just come in whenever you like and their friendly staff will take care of you
 This Friday we will be attending their Bastille Day event in Carlton… watch this space for a full review.