Pairing Moro Formaggi’s New Cocktail Cheeses With Fine Fizz

7th November 2019

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These cheeses have been inspired by some of the worlds most famous cocktails, including the Manhattan, Cosmopolitan and Martini, we decided to pair them with some fine fizz, a Champagne, Prosseco and an English Sparkling Wine.

A Little About The Cheese Company

The story of Moro Formaggi starts in 1930 in Oderzo Italy when Luigi Moro, the owner’s grandfather, helped by his sons, organized a collection milk centre from the stables in the area, to sell milk to families, as a primary ingredient in this poor feeding period. In the postwar period, the company specialized in the production of dairy products (cheese) and opened a cheese factory and a store in Oderzo.

If you feel like giving any of the cheeses a try then head over to Gastronomica.

Gastronomica was founded in 2000 by Italian entrepreneur Marco Vineis who has a passion for supporting and promoting small artisan food producers, this passion took him away from a corporate career and led to the opening of Gastronomica in Borough Market.

What Goes Into The Cocktails That Inspired The Cheese’s & How Do They Taste 

Manhattan – A Manhattan is made with whisky, sweet vermouth and bitters.

Manhattan Cheese Tasting Notes – “Initial crunch with sweet cherry flavours, the cheese isn’t as sweet as the others which works in the cherries favor, balancing the taste and delivering a finer taste.”

Cosmopolitan – A cosmopolitan, or informally a cosmo, is made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed or sweetened lime juice.

Cosmopolitan Cheese Tasting Notes – “A fruity sweet taste at first, the texture is very soft and creamy in the mouth, a pleasurable feeling making you want another bite.”

Martini – The martini is made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. A lot of people will be familiar with the Martini cocktail from Ian Fleming’s James Bond, “Shaken, not stirred”

Martini Cheese Tasting Notes – “Creamy sweetness initially conveys the mouth, with the olive it adds a light salty touch.”

What Do You Get When You Bring A Bottle Of Champagne, Prosecco & English Fizz Into A Room? A Good Time! 

Champagne Bernard Lonclas Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne – Tasting Notes – “A granny smith apple on the nose. Very alive in the mouth with bubbles exploding in the mouth, dry green fruits with hints of nuttiness in the mouth. A Silver Medal Winner in the First Date Category in The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards.”

Villa Sandi Rive di San Pietro di Barbozza Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore – Tasting Notes – “Green pear on the nose. Green pear with red and yellow apples in the mouth. A Silver Medal Winner in the Summer Days Category in The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2019.”

Bolney Wine Estate Blanc de Noirs Brut 2015 – Tasting Notes – “A fascinating nose of wet straw and bruised apples. A hint of spice with green apples in the mouth. A Bronze Medal Winner in the Hint of Spice Category in The Worlds Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2019.”

Pairing Notes

The Manhattan Cheese & Villa Sandi – Prosecco

Tasting Notes – “There is a creamy sensation from both the cheese and the Prosecco, it is a delightful mix of fresh yellow fruit and a sweet savoury flavour from the cheese. The sweetness from the cheese is counterbalanced perfectly by the Villa Sandi.”


The Cosmopolitan Cheese & Bolney Wine Estate – English Sparkling Wine

Tasting Notes – “With this pairing, the cheese is very creamy, you can certainly taste the apple from the English sparkling wine which gives it quite a dry green fruit aftertaste.

The Martini Cheese & Bernard Lonclas – Champagne

Tasting Notes – “This is a great mix, the cheese and Champagne together gives a lovely savoury flavour almost like bacon.


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Oliver Walkey

Oliver Walkey

Journalist focused on Champagne, Sparkling Wines and Food Pairings. Social Media manager for Glass of Bubbly.