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Rogue Creamery
Oregon Blue

$21.99/LB
With more than half a century of cheesemaking history in Oregon, Rogue Creamery continues to produce one the country's best blues under the guidance of Ig Vella, of Vella Dry Jack fame. This rindless, raw cow's milk wheel is aged for a minimum of 90 days before finding happy homes across the country. Firm but creamy, this balanced blue is surprisingly nuanced: it tastes of smoked meat with an underlying vegetal tang and a sweet, burnt sugar finish. The earthy, open paste is infused with random blue-green striations. An excellent example of what American cheesemakers have to offer.

Just the facts

Country USA
Region Oregon
Maker Rogue Creamery
Milk Type Cow
Pasteurization Unpasteurized
Rennet Type Microbial
Age 2-4 Months
Cheese Type Blue
Wheel Weight 5 pounds
Pairing Recommendations

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  • Pinot Noir

    Lighter bodied and delicate. Old World style generally offers more funk, New World more fruit.

    Old World Pinot: Flavors of fresh cherries and raspberry balanced by a barnyard funk and high minerality. Sometimes has floral aromas, reminiscent of rose petal.
    Pair with: Almost anything! Works with funky Frenchies Epoisses and Langres, or mild natural rinds like St. Nectaire.

    New World Pinot: More sugary, with jam-like fruit, dried cherries, oak, and spice.
    Pair with: Full, fatty flavors. Alpines, cheddars, and Manchego.

     

  • Riesling

    This food-friendly wine ranges from super sweet to quite dry. Acidity, minerality, and aromas of tropical fruit are almost always present.

    Dry: Characterized by bracing acidity and stark minerality. Tropical fruit on the nose, stunningly balanced flavor overall.
    Pair with: This versatile wine works equally well with a fresh chevre (bringing out acidity) as it does a stinky Alsatian Munster (playing up the sweet/salty contrast).

    Sweet: The other end of the spectrum offers a cloyingly sweet, syrupy wine. Aromas of ripe peaches and tropical fruit dominate, along with floral, perfumed accents.
    Pair with: With something this strong it’s best to contrast the sweetness with something funky or salty: A pungent washed rind like Grayson or a punchy blue like Bleu du Bocage.

     

  • Porters and Stouts

    Porter, Stout, Imperial Stout

    Welcome to the dark side of beer. Porters and Stouts are born of heavily roasted malted barley, which colors the beer and develops toasty flavors recalling chocolate, coffee, and chicory. Looks can be deceiving, though: dark doesn’t always mean strong. Porters and stouts can be incredibly light in body, or big boozy affairs that pour like syrup.
    Pair with: A mild, creamy blue like Cambozola Black.

Meet The Maker

To find the roots of artisan American cheesemaking, look no further than Rogue Creamery. The Vella family began crafting cheese in southern Oregon during the Depression, even supplying troops with cheddar during WWII. Carrying on in the Vella family's traditions, David Gremmels and Cary Bryant and their cheesemakers take great care with their handmade blue cheeses made from organic raw milk. These cheeses have taken the nation, and the American Cheese Society Awards, by storm over the past decade.

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