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Challerhocker

$31.99/LB
NEW! Translating to ''sitting in the cellar'', Challerhocker is washed in wine and spices and then aged for a minimum of 10 months, providing a remarkable depth of flavor. Firm yet creamy, this is a wonderful melter and is great for an extra exciting grilled cheese or as a way to liven up your fondue. More about Challerhocker: Our friend Walter Rass, an experienced cheesemaker, has a passion for quality which has won him one of the top 2 spots in the local competition among Appenzeller cheesemakers for 15 of the last 20 years. His gem has the rich aroma of cooked custard, the flavor of slowly roasted nuts, and a lingering almost fruity finish. Close your eyes and you will sense the mountains around you and smell the alpine flowers.Unwilling to rest on his unrivaled record, Walter's pioneering instinct has led him to test new varieties to see what else can evolve from his exceptional combination of milk and cheesemaking magic. His hard work and our patience have been rewarded with a new cheese, Challerhocker, which literally means ''sitting in the cellar''. This new cheese combines many of the tricks from his Appenzeller, with a some extra cream and some additional age (12 months vs 8 to10). The Challerhocker features a flavor veering more in the butterscotchy direction, with more nuttiness and less fruit than his Appenzeller. Both are amazing and on every cheese lovers ''must try'' list.

Just the facts

Country Switzerland
Region Switzerland
Milk Type Cow
Pasteurization Unpasteurized
Rennet Type Animal
Age 10 months
Cheese Type Swiss and Nutty
Wheel Weight 15 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.

     

  • Chardonnay

    This wine is all over the map – literally! Flavor varies widely depending on where and how it’s made.

    Old World Chardonnay: crisp and minerally, with flavors of apples and roasted pears.
    Pair with: Fresh or bloomy rind cheese, like Delice de Bourgogne

    New World Chardonnay (USA, warmer climates): richly buttery and oaky, heavy notes of vanilla, brown butter, and tropical fruits.
    Pair with: Slightly stronger cheese like sweet Prairie Breeze cheddar, or a mild washed rind like Keeley’s Across the Pond.

     

    Oxidized Chardonnay: When Chardonnay is intentionally exposed to air it is “oxidized.” Common in the Jura mountain region, this wine is almost sherry-like with spicy, nutty flavors.
    Pair with: Play up the bolder flavors with a more complex or funky cheese. Almost any Alpine cheese, like Comte, or earthy aged goat cheese like Chevrot make a great match.

  • Cider

    Brie and apples, cheddar and apples – both delicious! Why not extend that deliciousness to apples in liquid form? Enjoy cider and cheese for a pairing to remember.

    English style: drier, more like a beer, with nice acidity.
    Pair with: : Just about anything but we love it with firm natural rind cheese, like Landaff.

    Basque/Normandy : barnyardy and funky, but still with a little sweetness.
    Pair with: A beefy washed rind, like Grayson or Hudson Red to contrast the sugar and bring out the funk.

     

    American Cider: often, but not always on the sweeter side.
    Pair with: Sweet and earthy Bleumont Bandaged Cheddar or malty Bleu d’Auvergne.

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