Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cheeses to try before you die

Over in the Market we now have over 40 different gourmet cheeses, all available to be tasted in store! To help narrow it down, we've put together a list of our favorites. These must-try cheeses are sure to please novices and experts alike, as each showcases how good cheese can really be in their own unique ways.

Kunik Triple Cream
Nettle Meadow Farm (New York)

A mold-ripened mixed-milk wheel triple crème cheese that combines goat milk’s tang with the richness of Jersey-cow cream, Kunik is buttery, nutty, with a unique goaty flavor. Would shine atop a nut bread or salad, but is brightest eaten alone. Pair with a crisp, sparkling white like Bele Casel Prosecco.

Truffle Tremor 
Cypress Grove Chevre (California)
This tangy, cakey-textured paste is filled with fungal earthiness, which it gets from the black truffles in the cheese. Pair with a glass of dry rose like Charles and Charles Rose.

Dunbarton Blue
Roelli Cheese (Wisconsin)

This cheese is off the charts. So unusual and intriguing. Cheesemaker Chris Roelli essentially makes a classic English-style Cheddar—a process that includes pressing the curds. But he also injects the raw cow’s milk with Penicillium roqueforti, the substance that gives blue cheese its blue-green veins. Traditional blues are never pressed as it restricts the airways for the veins to thrive, but this three-month-aged cheese is pressed making it earthy and Cheddarlike, with just a hint of delicious blue mold. Pair with a bold, strong beer like Cape May Brewery Sawyers Swap Barley Wine ale.

Gouda Ewephoria 
The Netherlands 
 Made from a small producer, the farmer's wife posits that the 'sheep eat better than her children' on lush pasture surrounded by a nature preserve. With notes of hazelnut and butterscotch, this mild, crunchy, slightly sweet cheese makes a delightful snack and is delicious melted on pies or dessert breads. Pair with a full-bodied Malbec like Renacer Punto Final.

Pleasant Ridge Reserve
Uplands Cheese Company (Wisconsin)
America's Most-Awarded cheese. Nutty, sweet, and deep, with a vibrant finish of wood, meat, and brown sugar. If you love Gruyere, then you must try this one this instant. Pair with full bodied, earthy red like Sticky Beak Cabernet Sauvignon.

Any of your favorites not on the list? Let us know!

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