It’s the last real weekend of the summer; even though Labor Day hasn’t hit yet, I know a big chunk of people are already heading back to school–including myself. Safe to say that I’m a little bit bummed out! If you ask me, there are never enough sunny beach days in the year. But as someone that loves to eat their sadness away, one thing has served me as a bit of a pick-me-up: a new cheese in the Glen Rock Vineyard Market. This addition to our cheese family here is called Brebirousse D’Argental.
Hailing from the Rhone-Alps region of France, this tasty cheese is a different kind of star. It falls into the family of “washed-rind” cheeses, alongside names such as St. Albray and Taleggio. Cheeses within this variety have had their rinds washed down with some sort of brine, often giving them an orange coloring, and they tend to have an underlying pungency in flavor. Brebirousse D’Argental (“Brebirousse” translating to “red sheep”) features a nice brightly colored orange outer rind, while the inside is a clean and creamy white color. If you let it come to room temperature, this washed-rind brie-style delight becomes gooey and buttery. It’s also made with sheep milk, as is the ever-popular Spanish cheese Manchego, giving it a full and complex almost gamey flavor.
We sampled Brebirousse D’Argental here in Glen Rock last weekend with great success. As always, crusty artisan bread is a perfect companion when it comes to snacking. With beverages we loved it alongside a glass of Champagne or earthy Pinot Noir, and for beer with a glass of Saison or Lambic where the flavors can really be complimented.