Cheese of the month March 2015: Schneeweißer from Arturo Chiriboga, Obere Mühle/Bad Hindelang, Allgäu D

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At the Heinzelcheese headquarters in Berlin the March sun still tends to be a little wobbly on its warming wintergrey-chasing feet. The after dinner cheese program is therefore much inclined towards reliably friendly, blissful, bright-white-wine-welcoming stuff such as this very poignantly named „Schneeweißer“ from Obere Mühle, an organic creamery in Bad Hindelang in the Allgäu/Bavaria.

Foto 1Snow-white, indeed, just like the caps of those alpine peaks surrounding the lush green valley the farmers Arturo Chiriboga works with let their cows graze… and no, this is no PR-speak. And yes, Chiriboga is not how most Bavarians are called. The man’s origins are in Ecuador. And yes again, if you think you associate his name with a deliciously sweet and yet totally fascinating blue cheese – we’re talking about he who gave the world Chiriboga Blue (hiphiphooray!!!). But all that human friendliness and kindness at the cheese vat also results in this bloomy-white semisoft cheese.

Foto 5For some it might look like a brie or camembert, but they are worlds apart. Here the sweetness of the rich milk is captured in a subtle, discreet balance between a quiet caress and full-of-life acidity. The effect: just as warming as the first sunrays in spring… and promised, it’s worth planning a trip to the Allgäu – the eponymous hotel and restaurant next to the creamery are up to Arturo’s cheeses in every respect. In the meantime you can order the cheese here. Happy spring everybody.

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