Meme: The Best in the Last 30

Barbara at Auckland-based Winos and Foodies has tagged me for the foodie leg of Basic Juice‘s meme with two tails – The Best in the Last 30. You can read more about the meme here. Basically, the idea behind it was to write about the most wine-friendly dish I had eaten over the past month.

To be honest, I am not a very discriminatory wine drinker. I’ve always figured that I spend enough money on food without going overboard on the wine. I do enjoy a good wine but I’m afraid of learning too much about it and spoiling my palate for cheap bottles! There’s plenty of time to get properly involved with wine in a slightly more monied future.

Having said that, I have been hording a little bottle of Giesen‘s Canterbury Late Harvest Riesling Reserve 1999 for the last six months after embarking on a fantastic food and wine tour with Vin de Pays. Twisting the rules of the meme a little, I decided that I could test it with some food and write about that.

That in mind, I trotted off to Canterbury Cheesemongers for some blue cheese recommendations. After a couple of tastings, I came away with a delicious sliver of Windsor Blue from Whitestone Cheeses in Oamaru. Partnered with some Scottish oatcakes – a rare treat in New Zealand as they’re quite expensive – and some of the wild walnuts (I finally got a nut cracker!) that I bought at the farmers’ market in Lyttelton, I had a feast fit for a (not so hungry) queen.

Not having a whole wine vocabulary at my disposal, I’ll just say that the pairing of intensely creamy blue cheese and sweet – but slightly acid – wine was successful. The freshly cracked walnuts were a lovely addition but the oatcakes were too sweet and crumbly to be a good contrast. In future – if this is to happen again! – I’d use plain water crackers instead.

Later: I’ve just been reminded that I’ve to tag a pair of fellow bloggers so I name Plum at My Favourite Plum for the food leg of things and green LA girl for the wine angle. Best of luck!



Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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4 Responses

  1. beau says:


    Thanks for joining the meme-train.  I’ve added your post to the list here.
    Go ahead, feed the meme and tag a couple of food/wine bloggers!  Cheers.

  2. Barbara says:

    Sounds great Caroline.

  3. Will I lose blogging creds if I admit I don’t know what a meme is? Sounds simple enough though — I’ll tag some blogging peeps — Thanks for bringing me on the train 🙂

  4. Caroline says:

    Enjoy the ride, green LA girl – glad to hear that you got through your qualifying exams safely!

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