The cheese of the month for October 2021 is: Parmigiano Reggiano from Cravero

Parmesan, really, you might wondering feeling somewhat disappointed, what an old hat, can’t she come up with something more exciting? No, because this is exciting! Finally I was once again at a real, big cheese fair, the wonderful Slow Food Cheese in Bra in Piedmont (honestly, I’m not overdoing it – it truly was gorgeous, and on the way back my trolley case once again, finally, was stuffed with cheesy substances for upcoming tastings!). And the parmesan experience really was one of the most amazing ones during those days. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for September 2021 is: Regowtaler from Capriolenhof in Brandenburg

I’ve been writing this monthly blog since February 2013 – theoretically this ought to be cheese of the month number 115 – and amongst the very first stars of the small Heinzelcheese universe, in May 2013, was Blühende Landschaften or flowering landscapes, my absolute favourite from Capriolenhof, which back then still called itself Schleusenhof Regow. More than eight years later, allow me to entrust another Capriolenhof gem to your turophile hearts: Regowtaler. » Weiterlesen…

For August 2021: Langres, a cheese to go with Ahr wine

Actually remains the order, or rather word of the day, unfortunately. Because I actually had been planning for a completely different cheese for this month – but life had its own plans. It sent rain. Torrents of rain the entire North American west coast would be more than grateful for, whereas it caused unimaginable devastation in North Rhine-Westphalia and along the river Ahr. This is why today I am presenting you with Langres. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for July 2021 is: L’Estaing from the Bergers du Larzac from the south of France

To take matters in hand oneself, make your own destiny, live and work in a self-determined way… sounds good, no? Actually, it isn’t so easy to pull off, and it comes with its own risks. This semisoft sheep’s milk cheese from the Aveyron region in the south of France is the result of such a courageous step. In April 1996, six sheep farmers decided to stop selling their milk to the large Roquefort producers at their fixed prices and instead start to make and sell cheese themselves. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for June 2021 is: Mozzarella

June 21st is the beginning of summer. The beginning of summer! The great outdoors, the warm sun, water, greenery, patios, balconies, picnics… friends! How I’m longing for all this. In terms of cheese, mozzarella is our best and most reliable summer friend, without any doubt. » Weiterlesen…

Sake meets cheese in May 2021: Nakakumi sparkling sake and cave-aged Emmental

It is almost impossible to talk about sparkling sake without mentioning and tasting the very first of them in the whole of Japan, Nakakumi, which Tsuki no Katsura has been making since 1966. It pairs beautifully with aged Emmental. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for May 2021 is: Buchette from Petra Elsen, Hommerdingen/Eifel

When I visited Petra Elsen on a research trip in May 2008 and wrote about her in my first cheese book, the title of that passage was “The Hommerdingen hero”: On the map Hommerdingen is just a tiny dot southwest of Bitburg, not far from the Luxemburg border, but in the new realm of German cheeses it deserves three stars: “one of the best cheesemakers, worth a special journey”. » Weiterlesen…

Sake meets cheese in April 2021: Harushika Tokimeki and Young Buck from Northern Ireland

The category of sparkling sake is still a young one, and possibly that’s the reason it is more popular abroad than in Japan. However there is a traditional context to it. » Weiterlesen…

The cheese of the month for April 2021 is: Westcombe Cheddar from Somerset/UK

And suddenly it’s the Easter weekend, and April again, and again – still! – sooo much uncertainty ahead of us. Which is why we need at least a sturdy cheese, one that provides that friendly nudge, tells you to keep swimming and smiling, slaps his arm around your sagging shoulders, and gives you a push, like a fresh gust of April tailwind on your morning run. Sturdy means: reliable, unfussy and yet not boring, just good – such as the Calver family’s Westcombe cheddar from the lush green pastures of Somerset, halfway from London to Cornwall.. » Weiterlesen…

Sake meets cheese in March 2021: Urakasumi Misty Bay and Pecorino Toscano

This month we’re introducing you to one of the sake world’s secret stars: Urakasumi or Misty Bay, as it is called on the export label. There is hardly another sake or another sake brewery with an equal record of national and international awards that would still be available at this affordable price. » Weiterlesen…