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May 6, 2011 / amyjmcintosh

GPO Cheese and Wine Masterclass

Berry's Creek 'Tarwin Blue

There’s two types of people in this world – cheese tooths and dessert tooths. While cheese tooths melt at the prospect of inhaling a wedge of velvety brie washed down with a ripe pinot, dessert tooths would gladly turn up their nose at a cheese board in favour of a sugary concoction topped off with a glass of sticky wine. Present them with a piping hot bowl of sticky date pudding drenched in sticky date sauce and it’s highly likely they will froth at the mouth.

What camp do you fall into? Are you a dessert or a cheese person? Do you dream about blue vein or lemon delicious? There’s no denying the sweet tooth within me. I come from a family of sugar fiends, and I will probably be spend the rest of my living days trying to harness my sugary cravings. Given half the chance, I would happily eat dessert for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yes, it’s a sorry state of affairs for my hips and my cholesterol levels.

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But earlier this week, dear readers, I experienced a crisis of sorts. I considered switching teams. You see, I ate the best brie in Australia. White mould cow’s milk brie from Small Cow Farm, to be precise. Think creamy, strong brie with hints of mushrooms smeared on top of a lavosh cracker and washed down with a glass of red. As I worked my way through the gooey wedge of hand-crafted brie, it occurred to me that perhaps it’s time I batted for both sides. Would that be greedy?

Amy’s Cookbook was a guest at GPO Cheese and Wine Masterclass for the launch of Samsung’s French door refrigerator. And yes, for everyone wondering, I broke my dairy-free diet for the evening and now have a very sore tummy as a result. But anyway, back to the fridge. This stainless steel monolith is the wet dreams of home cooks. It’s big, it’s stylish and it has four doors! It makes my two-door fridge look positively pathetic in comparison. This fridge is practically bigger than my flat, and yes I now officially have fridge envy. You’d need an impressively big kitchen to house it. It retails at $4,999. With 801 litre storage capacity and standing room for about 15 bottles of wine, this is a serious fridge for serious entertainers. I aspire to own one when I get the kitchen of my dreams.

Meanwhile, for all you cheese aficionados out there, may I suggest that you get yourselves along to the GPO Cheese and Wine Room as a matter of urgency. You won’t be disappointed.

GPO Cheese and Wine Room
Lower Ground Floor, GPO Building, 1 Martin Pl, Sydney, NSW, (02) 9229 7701

In the mood for some cheese? Check out my Asiago cheese plate and baked camembert in a box.


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  1. danadto / May 10 2011 7:04 am

    I am sooo a cheese person! I am drooling at your pictures. Alas, I live in the states, but this place looks divine!

    • amyjmcintosh / May 12 2011 5:13 pm

      Thanks Dana! Glad to hear my pics made you drool. Hehehe. Love your blog, by the way. I’ll add it to my blog roll.

  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella / May 12 2011 9:21 pm

    Great report Amy! I was supposed to go to this but I couldn’t as I wasn’t feeling very well. Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

    • Amy / May 12 2011 10:01 pm

      Thanks Lorraine! It was a great night. I was seated next to the lovely Christie from Fig & Cherry. We have a mutual friend, by the way… Nic Thurston. She was saying the three of us should get together for a long lunch one of these days! 🙂

  3. Nicole Thurston / May 13 2011 9:47 am

    YES – any excuse for a long lunch 🙂 And Aims – I’m guessing you would’ve caught up with Mr Jon Manning at the launch? Fun xx

  4. Christie @ Fig & Cherry / May 17 2011 9:55 pm

    You got this post up quickly!! I am still yet to publish mine, very slack. Was great to meet you!

    • amyjmcintosh / May 17 2011 10:18 pm

      Yeah, I was a very good girl and typed it up when I got home. Gold star for me, please! I’ll be sure to check out your post when it’s live.

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