Firefly Farms Merry Goat Round
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You’ll want to take a ride on this Merry Goat Round! Surface-ripened with a bright ivory paste, this classic bloomy round is a toothsome, pudgy goat cheese with a quintessential lactic goat’s milk tang. Boasting subtle and complex earthy notes with just a hint of pepper, this original creation from FireFly Farms is a crowd-pleasing favorite that deserves a special spot on your next cheese plate. Using milk sourced from local Maryland farms, FireFly has been producing award-winning cheeses since it was founded in 2002. Named Maryland’s most awarded cheesemaker, FireFly operates on principles of renewable energy and local, sustainable agriculture. Tasty enough to pair with just about everything, we suggest coupling this gentle and savory wheel with dried fruit, nuts, and a drizzle of honey for a sweet bite of simple elegance.
Each wheel of Merry Goat Round is approximately 9 ounces.
Just the Facts
Chenin BlancCrisp and acidic with light minerality. You may smell stone fruit, apples, pear, quince, even some fresh herbs.
Pair with: Tangy Loire Valley goat cheese to bring out crisp, mineral qualities in both. Something like Selles-sur-Cher will work perfectly!
CiderBrie 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 to contrast the sugar and bring out the funk.
RieslingThis 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 stinker like Willoughby (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.