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.
And 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.
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.*