Cheese of the month December 2016: Pannerone Lodigiano from Lombardy, Italy

It’s December, Advent, the time to open one little door after another every morning, light another candle every week, the air sweet and heavy with cinnamon stars, Stollen cake and Hutzelbrot fruit bread. Strange to remember amidst all this Hygge, Gemütlichkeit und deliciousness that the four weeks before Christmas are actually fasting weeks. Stollen cake originally was an austere affair… How do I get from Stollen to cheese? My cheese of the month similarly represents an act of renunciation: Pannerone Lodigiano is made without any salt. » Weiterlesen…

The fifth Cheese Berlin: November 5th/6th 2016

On the first November weekend the Markthalle was all about cheese, cheese that is deeply rooted in its whereabouts, cheese from the immediate surroundings of Berlin, from other regions in Germany, from Europe, the world.

For this fifth edition our theme was the cheese of the north; from Mazuria to Mecklenburg, Schleswig-Holstein to Scandinavia. But of course Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Romania, Ireland and the UK were represented too. » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the Month November 2016: Friesisch Blue from Hof Backensholz, Schleswig-Holstein

The Heinzelcheese cheese of the month in November is Friesisch Blue from the good folks at Backensholz, since 1991 pioneers of farmhouse cheeses made from raw milk, all the way up in the north, where Germany meets Denmark speaking plattdeutsch, low German. Because November is Cheese month in Berlin, literally so, with the Cheese Berlin happening on November 6th at Markthalle Neun! » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month October 2016: Vacherin Mont-d’Or, Vaud/CH

The holy trinity of the small valley one hours drive west of Lausanne are wood (that forest), cheese (that milk transformed into wares for less remote, lucrative markets), and watches (a combination of long winter days without cheesemaking, iron ore deposits and Huguenot immigrants’ skills). Yes, they are all here, the big brands you know from ads, James Bond movies and City bankers’ wrists. Fortunately the valley’s signature cheeses (depending on the season, the milk is either made into Vacherin or, during the summer, transformed into large wheels of Gruyère) are a little more affordable. And Vacherin in particular is a model of regionality. » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month September 2016: Castelmagno from Piemont

Even if the sun still has a real burn, September sounds like autumn to me, sounds like a certain golden glow, a quietness in the air… and it sounds like squash! And such a bright orange squash calls out for risotto. Which finally brings us to cheese: Castelmagno, that cave ripened, ancient original from the Piemontese Alps. » Weiterlesen…

Heinzelcheesetalk #29: Some of my favorite US American cheeses. Friday, August 12, 2016

When I wrote the invite for this cheesetalk I had been sitting in Cambridge MA, and those of you familiar with the ongoings in Heinzelcheese land, or just generally knowledgeable in cheesy matters, knew where I would go to get my cheese: Ihsan Gurdal’s Formaggio Kitchen is a real paradise. During my five weeks in the US I had met so many fantastic people, tasted such great cheeses and wonderful wines, that I wanted to share at least of few of them with you. For instance David Gremmels‘ excellent blue cheeses from the Rogue River valley in southern Oregon. Or the Cowgirls‘ fantastic soft cheeses from Marin County, one hour drive north of San Francisco, right on the Pacific. And so much more… » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month August 2016: Grey Baby from Upper Bench Creamery/Okanagan, BC Canada

July was a wonderfully full month in Heinzelcheese land, and it’s spilling into August. That’s why I’d like to present you one of the great finds from my travels as cheese of the month for this August: Shana Miller’s Grey Baby from Naramata in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in Canada. » Weiterlesen…

Chizu: a sushi-style cheese bar in Portland/Oregon

It was a quickie: we had one hour overlap between her getting out of the weekly summer closure and me having to run to the airport. But hey, the things that can happen in an hour… One can discover a new favored place, a bunch of great cheeses, a fabulously dedicated person behind the counter, AND drink a glass of one’s favorite New Mexico (YES) pink bubbly… All that is exactly what happened this afternoon, on 1126 SW Alder Street in Portland, at Chizu. » Weiterlesen…

Two bottles: Volcanic Hungary from Robert Gilvesy

Szent György-hegy and Badacsony – no, I hadn’t heard about this region either before tasting these wines. But those northern shores of Lake Balaton, west of Budapest look dreamy on pictures. And the wines Robert Gilvesy sent me to taste had something special. While Sauvignon Blanc and a white blend were pleasant if on the light side (sandy soils?), two other bottles really stood out. » Weiterlesen…

Heinzelcheese at Riesling Rendezvous in Seattle: July 17-19, 2016

Three days full of Riesling – in the glass, meeting producers, mingle with somms and journos? Yes!! In beautiful Seattle, organized by Chateau Ste Michelle and the Dr Loosen crew? Double yes! But it gets even better: we brought back the immensely popular off-dry Riesling & Smoked Salmon tasting AND I personally presented some cheese.
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