This is Stilton's biggest competition - the raw milk recipe of England's most well-known blue cheese, Stichelton puts in the effort of making each wheel of this hand-crafted cheese a spicy-sweet homage to its older brother. Its soft creaminess doesn't simply melt away, but spreads across the palate and allows the meatiness to dissolve into caramel with each bite. A glass of Riesling works wonders with that hint of sweetness, as well as a drizzle of honey. Piquancy near the rind might be stronger than the average blue, but the careful sweetness of the interior paste can win over just about anyone.
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Just the Facts
RieslingThis food-friendly wine ranges from super sweet to quite dry. Acidity, minerality, and aromas of tropical fruit are almost always present.
Dry: Characterized by bracing acidity and stark minerality. Tropical fruit on the nose, stunningly balanced flavor overall.
Pair with: This versatile wine works equally well with a fresh chevre (bringing out acidity) as it does a stinker like Willoughby (playing up the sweet/salty contrast).
Sweet: The other end of the spectrum offers a cloyingly sweet, syrupy wine. Aromas of ripe peaches and tropical fruit dominate, along with floral, perfumed accents.
Pair with: With something this strong it’s best to contrast the sweetness with something funky or salty: A pungent washed rind like Grayson or a punchy blue like Bleu du Bocage.
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