Old Chatham Sheepherding Hudson Valley Camembert 6 oz
''Camembert''? It usually isn't square, made with a blend of pasteurized sheep and cow milk, and boasting a slippery, thick texture and mild, well-salted flavor. Disregard for convention doesn't end there. In order to control seasonal milk supply, the Old Chatham herdsmen must overcome the shortening day cue for sheep's fall mating. So, they leave the barn lights on 22 hours a day during the fall and winter months; when they do go out on pasture in March, a group of 10 rams is brought in. The so-called ''Ram Effect,'' appears to be quite successful. Another effective coupling would be this cheese and a glass of white Bordeaux. 2011 American Cheese Society Winner
Just the Facts
ChardonnayThis 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 Tickler cheddar, or a mild washed rind.
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.
RoséWe love them all! Everything from light, crisp Provence style to deep and fruity Spanish Rosados. Don’t be afraid to enjoy rosé year-round, but we like the summer staple best with refreshing, mild cheeses that are great in warm weather.
Pair with: Young chevres like Coupole and bloomy rinds like Moses Sleeper for the lighter stuff. A darker, fruitier rosé can stand up to a heavier cheese like nutty Pecorino Oro Antico. Sparkling rosé is a perfect match for Nettle Meadow Kunik.
Wheat BeersWheat Beer, Weisse, Hefeweizen, Wit