Academy of Cheese presents: natural cheese and wine pairing


Intermediate wine tasting

The Academy of Cheese return to WSET School London for a new cheese and wine pairing evening, this time focused on producers who prefer to keep things ‘natural’.

You may have heard the buzz about natural wines, but did you know that there’s a nascent natural cheese movement taking off at the moment too? For example, there’s a big trend for cheeses made with raw milk and starter cultures developed from the milk/whey, rather than bought in lab-grown cultures.

Cheese specialist Patrick McGuigan has chosen a selection of these ‘natural’ cheeses, which our own Lydia Harrison DipWSET will pair with a great mix of wild ferment wines produced according to organic and/or biodynamic practices.

About Patrick McGuigan:

Patrick is a Brighton-based freelance food journalist and cheese writer, who contributes regularly to titles including The Telegraph, The Financial Times, Harrods Magazine and Restaurant, among many others.

As one of the country’s leading cheese writers and communicators, Patrick has interviewed many of the world’s best cheesemakers, affineurs and mongers, writing extensively on the subject for the Telegraph, among others, and appearing on BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

He hosts regular talks and tastings for the public, trade and press, and is a senior judge at the World Cheese Awards and the Cheesemonger of the Year award. He also runs training courses at the School of Fine Food and has studied cheese at the School of Artisan Food, the Cheese Guild and the Academy of Cheese.

Sample cheeses (pairings to follow)

  • Mozzarella di Buffala Campana
  • Innes Brick goat’s log
  • Gruyere/Etivaz
  • Parmigiano Reggiano 24 month
  • St James washed rind sheep’s cheese
  • Bleu de Termignon (funky, spicy blue)

Please note, the exact list may differ slightly on the evening. 

This event starts at 6.30pm and tastings will finish between 8pm-8.30pm.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Payment in full must be made at the time of booking and places are not confirmed until payment has been received. Unfortunately we cannot take provisional bookings.

Cancellations and transfers

  • Cancellations and transfers can be made up to two weeks before the event
  • Cancellations within 10 working days are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another event
  • If you need to change a name on the booking, please give us as much notice as possible
  • WSET School London reserves the right to cancel an event. If necessary, a full refund or transfer will be offered.

Contact us

If you would like to book over the phone or have any particular enquiries about this event, please call our Student Services team on 020 7089 3841. We can also be reached by email at

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