The French take cheese and wine seriously. Last year they conducted research to prove that ‘when having a plate of assorted cheeses, the wine will probably taste better no matter which one you choose’. Très bon! Maybe it’s because both are fermented – wine with yeast, cheese with bacteria – or maybe it’s that they share an acid sense of humour. Who cares: it’s a match made in the cellars of heaven and you’d be mad not to explore the possibilities. Because both products are such strong characters, it’s hard to find one-sizefits-all options, so rather go with one perfect, kick-ass, super-tweetable pairing. Push your boundaries and don’t be mean – if you’re ever going to blow the drinks budget, do it on a cheese-and-wine moment.