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Rollright's rosy rind is not as pungent as your typical washed rind - instead, it imparts flavors of freshly churned butter and slow roasted peanuts. Meatiness lingers towards the rind, like a slab of fried bacon - a taste best enjoyed with a full-bodied red wine. The pasteurized cow's milk cheese from the clover fields of King Stone Farm comes straight from their Brown Swiss, creating a soft, yolky cheese that melts in the mouth. Mellow, but certainly not lacking in flavor, this cheese is a unique Brit. You'll taste the flavors unique to Cotswolds, clover and herbs, that the herd enjoys through spring to autumn.
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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.
Farmhouse Ales & SoursFarmhouse, Saison, Bière de Garde, Lambic, Sour Beer
Farmhouse ales, instead of being driven by malt or hops, depend on the yeast for their distinctive spicy, floral, and tart flavors. Commonly made by brewers in France and Belgium, farmhouse ales are usually light in color and body and quite effervescent. From time to time, brewers allow wild yeasts to ferment the beer, resulting in a brew that falls somewhere in between pleasantly bright to bracingly sour.
Pair with: Mushroomy Brie Fermier or funky, bacony Epoisses are matches made in heaven.
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.
A Year in Cheese: 2016
As 2016 comes to a close, we take a moment to look back at the most exciting cheeses and cheese news to hit Murray’s. Whether it’s awards for our delicious cheeses or new additions to the New York caves, it has been an exciting (and scrumptious) year for us here at Murray’s. And we thank …