I had such a fantastic experience at Carr Valley Creamery; I had to continue blogging about the assortment of utterly dazzling cheeses that I had the opportunity to savor-thanks to Beth Wyttenbach, National Sales Manager. She arranged a special cheese tasting event for all of us turophiles–It was fully appreciated.
One exquisitely interesting cheese that I tasted was Ménage. The definition of ménage is group; apropos to this cheese in particular because it is made from a blend of cow, sheep and goat’s milk. This mixed milk beauty is aged for its intense flavor and a delightfully drier texture. Dipped in a bright green wax, (some say as vibrant as the summer Wisconsin pastures). The interior is off white in color.
While nibbling on a piece I could smell a slight sheepy scent-not overpowering. I noticed there were little crunchies from the aging process. The flavor was well balanced, reminding me of white cheddar with a slight tang from the goat’s milk and the texture of an aged Manchego– how can you go wrong with that kick butt combo!
I couldn’t decide which way I wanted to go with my wine pairing -there were quite a few options (Syrah/Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cab or Chianti). I decided to open up a bottle of Chateau Maris Old Vine Syrah from the Languedoc region of France, poured myself a glass, grabbed a handful of Marcona almonds and sat on my back porch swing enjoying the moment–Bliss!