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Dorothy’s Comeback Cow

To all my washed-rind cheese lovers and newbies alike, I’ve got a special treat for you this week. A cheese never before seen in our Vineyard Markets has just made its way into our cheese cases, making a striking presentation with its beautiful shape and color.

And the taste is no exception.

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I present to you: Dorothy’s Comeback Cow. Now, you may be wondering, who is Dorothy? Growing up as a young farm girl in the 1930’s and working at her grandfather’s dairy farm–the first “European-style cheesery in the American Midwest”– Dorothy fell in love with the cows and the art of cheesemaking. After being denied admission to the University of Wisconsin because she was a female, Dorothy pursued her passion at Iowa State, becoming the first woman to earn a degree in dairy science–and also meeting her life partner, Jim.

Incorporating traditional techniques with new innovations, Dorothy and Jim pioneered  fantastic new cheeses, such as the Iowa-style Baby Swiss and domestic Feta. Passed along to the pair’s children and apprentices, Dorothy’s Cheese still lives on today in Lena, Illinois and continues to produce fantastic cheeses using classic techniques and high-quality Rbst-free milk.

dorothy's cheeseComeback Cow was named in honor of Dorothy’s devoted work ethic, often working “until the cows come home” to perfect her soft-ripened cheeses. Winner of the 2018 Sofi Award for Best New Cheese, Dorothy’s Comeback Cow is shaped into a mold resembling a  beautifully “freshly sprung” flower and is a washed rind cheese, giving it an orange hue and imparting a delightfully rustic earthy note. As a brie-style cheese, it is also incredibly buttery and smooth–how can you go wrong?

Fantastic in the morning with a freshly warmed croissant and some grapes, exquisite on rustic grain bread or fresh olive bread with a glass of Cabernet, and striking on any cheese board, Dorothy’s Comeback Cow is a treat you simply must try.

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Special Feature – Rougette

Sheesh this weather sure has been wacky. A couple beautiful warm days to start the week and now we have the privilege of enjoying some chilly, rainy days–woohoo! These are the kinds of days where you just want to veg out on the couch with a bottle of wine, some cheese, and a binge-worthy Netflix show.

Champignon LogoAnd so, of course, I’ve got the perfect cheese to do that with. Brought to us by Käserei Champignon–you may be familiar with their mushroom brie cheese–is one of my favorite creamy cheeses: Rougette. An excellent introduction for anyone unfamiliar with washed-rind cheeses (think Taleggio and St. Albray), this Bavarian delight is easily identified by its striking red-orange and white rind, thanks to a bit of paprika extract.

But don’t let that scare you. Rougette is one of the most buttery and mild of cheeses while it’s young, and it develops a more complex creamy flavor as it ripens. If you’re a lover of brie-style cheeses but want something a little more next level, this cheese is definitely worth a taste.

Rougette is quite versatile as well. Of course it’s fantastic to eat on its own; just slather it on some crusty artisan bread and you’re good to go. I also love adding a small dollop of strawberry preserves to give some added depth and sweetness. If you’re feeling really crafty, try melting a generous spread of Rougette on top of crostini; top with a slice of very crisp apple and just a tiny drizzle of honey.

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What should you be drinking? Well you’ve got a lot of options. You could go like-with-like and pair this buttery cheese with an oaky, buttery Chardonnay. You could also go the other way and try a spicier wine like a Syrah or Malbec. My favorite go-to is always the classic saying: things that grow together go together–try a German wine like a Riesling. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong. When in doubt, I always tell my customers to just choose what you know you’ll enjoy.

I haven’t even mentioned the best part yet. Here at the Vineyard Market, we’re featuring Rougette for an amazing price of only $9.99 /lb. — that’s $5 off per pound! Don’t miss out on trying out this incredible cheese at an incredible price.

*Promo pricing while supplies last. Check with your local Vineyard Market for availability.*

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Mini St. Andre – January Cheese of the Month

I’M BACK, BABY.

I know I took a little hiatus there–as it happens every year during the holiday season, many people don’t realize that I write this blog in addition to running the Vineyard Market here in Glen Rock, so it can be quite challenging during those last couple months of the year.

With the holidays past and everything finally winding down, I’m excited to be able to devote my attention once again to all my wonderful readers out there! And what a better way to begin a fresh start than with a new Cheese of the Month?

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An oldie but goodie, this month Bottle King Vineyard Markets are featuring mini 7oz. wheels of Saint André. Hailing from the northern region of France, St. André is a fairly well-known triple cream–or I as like to say: Brie but better. To anyone new here, a triple cream generally has extra cream added to it during the cheese-making process, resulting in a lusciously creamy cheese with at least 75% butterfat–unlike traditional Brie, which typically has around 60% butterfat.

As you can imagine, St. André is an incredibly buttery delight, accompanied by a clean yet rich flavor, and coming in these mini wheels makes for a nice presentation on its own or as an addition to any platter. Try it with a few slices of ripe pear and some crunchy walnuts for a twist on a classic. Care for a toast? Pour yourself a glass of bubbly or a crisp IPA for a wonderful pairing.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy St. André?

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Lillé Coulommiers – December Cheese of the Month

SURPRISE!!!

Two blog posts in one week? Am I crazy or what?

Well, I figured since the holidays are closing in on us fast and there’s so much for me to share with you all, I’d just do a few extra posts! So keep your eyes peeled for the next couple weeks so you don’t miss out on the extra fun!

Especially for this post–I just couldn’t wait any longer to share our December Cheese of the Month. Coming to you from Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, I bring you Lillé Coulommiers (lee-LAY coo-lo-myay).

Vermont FarmsteadVermont Farmstead Cheese Company started out as a small community’s attempt to preserve a beautiful dairy farm back in 2009 in South Woodstock, Vermont. Local residents bought up the pieces of land and equipment, and before they knew it their mission had been accomplished and the first community-owned artisan cheese and dairy farm in Vermont was born: Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company.

Today they offer a variety of cheeses, both flavored and classic, including our newest Cheese of the Month, Lillé Coulommiers. This delightful cheese is a modern take on the classic French Coulommiers-style cheese, the thicker cousin to the well-know Brie cheese. The way that its made is artfully described by Vermont Farmstead:

“Handmade in small batches, each wheel is a slightly different weight. Aged in its own special room, and lovingly turned regularly, the delicate rind develops evenly with a white downy bloom.”

Just like other Brie-style cheeses, Lillé is marked by its fluffy, bloomy, white rind and mild mushroomy flavor. The interior gives way to a pure off-white paste that’s wonderfully creamy with a mild but rich flavor that will enhance as the cheese ripens. Lillé is perfect for the holidays on its own or topped with your favorite type of preserves, and its unique shape makes a statement on any cheese platter.

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Special December Cheese of the Month pricing has this guy on sale for just $6.99! Beat the holiday rush and grab yours today from your local Vineyard Market!

* Special pricing while supplies last. Please check your local Vineyard Market for availability.

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Bavarian Made w/ Garden Herbs – October Cheese of the Month

Let us all take a moment to digest the fact that it is, indeed, October already…

Aside from that crazy realization; it’s the first weekend of the month, so I’m sure you could’ve seen this one coming–our newest Cheese of the Month!

If you’ve been following us for a while, you might have noticed a trend over the years: we normally get and feature the most delicious, creamy cheeses around this time of the year. This time around is no different and certainly will not disappoint.

Coming to us from St. Mang, the same company we get our deliciously stinky Limburger from, I give you their Bavarian Made with Garden Herbs. This cheese hails from Bavaria (as you might already guessed), an alpine region in southern Germany where about 75% of all German cheeses come from. This region is known for their high quality milk, all natural and free of rBST, and the particular cheese we’re featuring has an additional advantage: it’s lactose free as well!

Similar to a Brie-style cheese, Bavarian Made with Garden Herbs is a soft-ripened double-cream–but boy, does it taste buttery. Rich yet smooth, this cheese has a clean-tasting base but is taken to the next level by the addition of various herbs including chives, parsley, sage, thyme, garlic, and onion.

This cheese would make an incredible addition to any cheese board, slathered on top of hearty grain bread or a hearty dark cracker. You could even nix the rind and toss a bit of this cheese into mashed potatoes for a luxuriously fresh addition or spread some onto crostini with a piece of roasted red pepper for an easy appetizer.

Have you tried our latest Cheese of the Month yet? Stop in this weekend for a taste!

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You’ve goat to try these!

Anyone else appreciate my punny title as much as I do?

So as I’m sure you’ve figured out already, this week I’m going to be sharing with you some new goat cheeses we’ve recently brought into the Vineyard Market! The three items I’m going to tell you about are really some fantastic cheeses and have even managed to make their way into my favorites.

First up, from one of my favorite creameries, is Vermont‘s Coupole. The word “coupole” in French translates to “dome”, representative of the cheese’s round snowball shape. With a thin, geotrichum (wrinkly) rind, this cheese is easily identifiable as a Vermont original. Made entirely with goat’s milk from family farms, Coupole starts out pretty dense in the center with a fresh yet distinct goat-y taste, but as it ages this cheese ripens from the outside-in and soon turns into an ooey-gooey delight throughout. My boyfriend’s new favorite cheese (alongside some Sartori Black Pepper)–he loves eating this one with a touch of real maple syrup and a double-IPA or saison.

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This next cheese is a new one all around: new cheese & new creamery! A local cheese, Blackbert is made by R&G Cheesemakers in Troy, New York and is the perfect choice for someone looking for something a little different. Blackbert begins its life as an ash-ripened Image-1 (22)Camembert-style goat’s milk cheese. Cut it open to see a line of vegetable ash through the center, making for a striking presentation. Similar to Cypress Grove’s Humboldt Fog, this is a beautiful cheese and a must-try for any goat-cheese lover. A slightly dry texture but with bold flavor, this cheese is great alongside a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or a fruity Pinot Noir.

 

Last but certainly not least is Fromager D’Affinois Florette. The original Fromager D’Affinois was one of the first creamy cheeses I ever fell in love with–sort of like Brie on crack. The rest of their flavored versions never disappoint, and this one certainly doesn’t fall short either. Florette is Fromager D’Affinois made with goat’s milk. Made using the same ultra filtration methods as the original, this version is rich and silky with just the right amount of goat-y taste. A great choice for long-time goat cheese lovers, as well as a great start for goat newbies, Florette is fantastic on some Waterwheel wafers and a glass of Champagne.

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Have you gotten the chance to try any of our new goat cheeses? What’s your favorite?

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Get your spread on

Some of you may already know this, but I think the mass majority is unaware

that I am, in fact,

a nerd.

And I’m not just talking about cheese. Sure, I’m a cheese nerd, but I also consider myself a nerd in the conventional sense of the word: I love comics and video games.

So anyway, my point of bringing this up is that this weekend, I will be leaving the great state of New Jersey for a video game convention in Boston. My boyfriend and I will, of course, be staying in at a hotel for a couple nights–which means snacks are in order!

Lucky for me, we just got in a new treat to the Vineyard Market: Di Bruno Bros. cheese spreads. Here in Glen Rock, I started out by bringing in two of the three flavors they make, and I’m so excited to tell you about them.

I feel like I get asked pretty often for some sort of a beer cheese or beer dip, so ladies and gents, the first flavor by Di Bruno Bros. is Smoked Gouda & Beer. A mixture of cheddar and gouda, this spread is rich and smooth with some pieces of pimento scattered throughout. I could definitely taste the smokiness from the gouda right away on my first bite, and then the beer presents a lovely end note. I could see this great with crackers or pretzels alike, or even melted into some mac and cheese. For all you smoked gouda-lovers out there, this is certainly an item you should check out.

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Now, if you don’t know me yet, hi my name is Amber and I’m a chili-head. I love spicy food. The spicier the better really. So as you can probably guess, the other flavor I decided to bring in is a spicy one, called Abbruzze. This flavor has chili flakes, garlic, and herbs and is definitely not a spread for the fainthearted. If you really hate spicy food, this spread is probably not the one for you; however, if you can handle a little heat, I think it’s something you might really enjoy. This one is cheddar-based and has a really nice blend of spices in it making it rich and complex. The heat creeps up on you a bit, and in a range of “not spicy at all” to “it burns your tongue off”, I’d say this guy is on the medium-to-hot side.

Both spreads come in a nicely packaged resealable container, making them perfect for my mini-roadtrip this weekend. You can expect my boyfriend and I to be chowing down on these suckers before bed.

Have you tried Di Bruno Bros. spreads? Let us know what you think in the comments!