While the North Island was being battered by a 'weather bomb', about 30 people were enjoying the cosy atmosphere inside Clos Henri's cellar door - a deconsecrated church from Ward, south of Blenheim.
Lisa Harper from Sherrington Grange presented some of her cheeses and gave a presentation on cheesemaking. Marlburians will recognise Lisa and her cheeses from the Marlborough Farmers' Market. Others may have seen her featured in the May 2008 issue of Cuisine Magaine. While Slow-Foodies were enjoying Lisa's cheese in Marlborough, Australians were reading about Lisa, and other features of Marlborough's food and wine scene in the weekend's Australian newspaper.
One of the wines Sherrington Grange is known for is their 'Mahau Gold'. This is a washed rind cheese, from a tradition that began in the Middle Ages, when cheeses were dipped in wine or spirits, encouraging them to develop colour and flavour. Applying this locally, to make Mahau Gold, the cheese is regularly bathed in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, resulting in a deep yellow-brown colour and distinctive, aromatic taste. Try it with a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir and the weather outside really doesn't matter.