Rheingau Riesling from JB Becker and Spicherhalde mountain cheese

It was summer, it was hot, the view was fantastic – I finally managed to spend a few days in the Allgäu, Bavaria’s cheese lands bordering on western Austria, and climb up to Alpe Spicherhalde, one of the best alpine dairies around. Well, I admit, it’s not that much of a climb, as the dairy is at 1478m and the ascent starts in the small mountain village of Balderschwang, at 1044m… But still, it felt more than ok to order some bread and cheese when I arrived. » Weiterlesen…

HeinzelCheeseTalk no 12: Alpine cheese and Scharlachberg wines. Friday, March 27, 2015

So many cheeses, so many wines, so many of you so interested – therefore we crunched up our rhythm a bit in HeinzelCheeseTalk land. And yes, that’s right: we had Scharlachberg! Germans mostly associate a not very exciting (to say the least) brandy with that name – but actually and mostly it designates a great and steep vineyard on the very northern edge of Rheinhessen, directly on the river Rhine, opposite the Rheingau. » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month October 2014: Alpkäse 17 months from Jamei, Kempten/Allgäu

Yes, I’m a week late for this cheese of the month. But there was so much cheese going on over the weekend that I hope and trust the great gods of cheese above (as well as you, my readers and followers down here) to show leniency… in return I’m bringing you this true mountain cheese from the Allgäu, which the great guys from Jamei had on offer at the cheese market of the StadtLandFood festival (no, I won’t even start to rave about this incredible event we managed to make happen… we’d never get to the cheese if I did). » Weiterlesen…

Eating Germany II: Bergkäse – mountain cheese calling!

On the second leg of our Eating Germany tour, we go south, and we go cheese. When in Bavaria, forget the fairy-tale castle that is Neuschwanstein (all right, go, but after that) don your walking boots and discover new landscapes that are much more real! The local Käser and Hirten (or cheese-makers and herdsmen) are happy to talk cheese and cows. They have changed a bit since Heidi’s times » Weiterlesen…