Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Champagne Cheddar

Happy Holidays everyone!

Today I wanted to talk about a fun cheese that we have in specifically for this time of year. It's a cheese that was a HUGE hit last year and as a result we brought in a lot more for this season... the Champagne Cheddar from Somerdale.

Cheese: Champagne Cheddar
Producers: British cheesemakers associated with Somerdale UK
Location: England
Milk: Pasteurized cow's milk
Rennet: Vegetarian

This is a cheese that Whole Foods Market partnered with cheesemakers in the UK to create. They have taken a traditional farmhouse cheddar that has been aged for 10 months and then mill it again to break it up and add the Champagne. The addition of the Champagne gives a touch of acidity and a little bit of a citrus tang.

You can see in the picture above that the cheddar is slightly crumbly, but what you can't tell is that it is actually pretty soft for being aged at least 10 months. This is due to the addition of the liquid Champagne. The effervescence of the Champagne adds a whole other element to the texture in that it adds more gas and loosens up the curd. All in all it is a very interesting cheddar... unlike anything I've ever tasted before.

The Champagne cheddar is available exclusively at Whole Foods Market and we have plenty to get us through this holiday season! Make sure you swing by your local Whole Foods Market cheese counter and try a taste! It's an obvious addition to any of your holiday cheese plates! And as you can imagine, nothing pairs nicer with this cheese than some tasty Champagne :).

Happy Holidays to you all! Until next time, eat, drink and be merry!