jamie goode's wine blog: Extreme cheese?

Friday, March 09, 2007

Extreme cheese?

Popped down to Neal's Yard Dairy in Covent Garden today. They had a sign outside the shop commenting on the recent Press coverage of Montgomery's Cheddar, which the news reports have dubbed 'Vindaloo Cheddar', referring to its strong flavour, a result of the 24 month ageing process.

People passing by the shop were being given a sample of Montgomery's, which they were presumably relieved to find didn't taste of curry at all. It's not cheap, at £20 a kilo, but it's an unfortunate fact of life that all decent cheese costs this sort of money. And it's fantastic. I certainly wouldn't say it was 'extreme'.

See also: my recent report on wine and cheese matching here.



At 12:26 PM, Blogger Jan-Tore Egge said...

I agree enitrely with the description "sweet, subtle and deep". Lovely cheese. It's a pity you can't get it in this country.

At 3:57 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I've just had some for lunch. It's wonderful. One of my best cheese experiences. What cheeses do you get in your country then?

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Jan-Tore Egge said...

We do have a number of farmhouse and artisanal cheeses, some of which may be bought directly from the producers, at farmers markets and sometimes in shops. (I'm the editor of a national directory of artisanal food producers — not just cheese producers — on the Norwegian Slow Food web site.) Supermarket staff in general haven't got a clue about maturing cheeses, though, so buying cheeses in good condition can be difficult.

The cheddars we get, are not that interesting, even when they're called farmhouse cheddars, but I came across the cheddars from Montgomery, Keen and Westcombe at the Salone del Gusto in Turin last year and bought some.

Possibly the most interesting imported cheeses we get, come from Hervé Mons, a French affineur. They're imported by a company called Matcompagniet.

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Ian said...

thing about it.

But you don't have to pay that much for a 24 month matured cheddar - Quickes Vintage, for example is a lot less.



At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Ian said...

Try again:

This is a weird one - our suppilers rang Montgomerys who said they didn't know a thing about it.

But you don't have to pay that much for a 24 month matured cheddar - Quickes Vintage, for example is a lot less.



At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good story

GK Chesterton: “The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”

Voila: www.tastingtoeternity.com. This book is a poetic view of 30 of the best loved French cheeses with an additional two odes to cheese. Recipes, wine pairing, three short stories and an educational section complete the book.

From a hectic life in New York City to the peace and glories of the French countryside lead me to be the co-founder of www.fromages.com. Ten years later with the words of Pierre Androuet hammering on my brain:

“Cheese is the soul of the soil. It is the purest and most romantic link between humans and the earth.”

I took pen and paper; many reams later with the midnight oil burning Tasting to Eternity was born and self published.

I believe cheese and wine lovers should be told about this publication.


At 4:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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