Attention stinky cheese lovers!
We’ve got something new for you! We just received Backsteiner, a Bavarian washed rind cow’s milk cheese. Backsteiner, meaning “brick stone,” is rectangular in form and has a nice sticky orange rind. We currently carry this delicately funky cheese in two different formats. The larger format allows the cheese to ripen slowly and is currently showing notes of sour cream and broccoli. The smaller bars, also known as “bricks of gold,” will ripen quickly and present more savory notes of bacon and cauliflower.
Backsteiner reigns from the oldest cooperative in the Bavarian Alps. Local farmers provide milk coming from cows that have been grazing on herbs and grasses at altitudes of up to 500 meters. The milk is given to just three cheesemakers, who make butter, aged alpine cheeses, and softer washed rind cheeses.
Although traditionally served with dark bread and onions, Backsteiner is a great addition to any cheese plate. Enjoy with a nice lager on a hot summer day!
Wines the Earth wants you to drink! Wine Tasting, Thursday, July 20th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Please join us tomorrow evening as the charming and very knowledgeable Kristen Castagna pours four organic and/or biodynamic wines.
Here is what Kristen will be pouring:
2015 Planet Oregon, Sauvignon Blanc, Oregon
This is a one-time, relatively small production from Soter’s Planet Oregon. Made entirely from grapes certified LIVE (Low Impact Viticulture and Enology), Organic, and/or Biodynamic, the Planet Oregon line of wines strives (and succeeds!) in making high quality, value driven wines. $1 from every bottle purchased goes to The Oregon Environmental Council.
2016 Monte Zovo Bardalino Chiaretto DOC, Italy
The beautiful salmon color of this wine comes from a 12-hour cold skin-maceration of indigenous varietals, Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella. A temperature controlled fermentation follows, extracting fresh and savory flavors. The entirety of the Cottini family’s vineyards are farmed organically and will soon be certified. Commitment to respecting the environment is also reflected in vineyard biodiversity and choosing lighter-weight bottles, thus creating less waste.
2012 Dominio iv Technicolor Bat, Columbia Gorge
The biodynamic and organically farmed Three Sleeps Vineyard (Columbia River Valley, out by Mosier) was planted in 2002, and the unique blend of Tempranillo and Syrah was a happy accident that Patrick Reuter and Leigh Bartholomew have been making since 2005. This is a carefully made, unhurried wine as it spends 18 months in both French and American oak barrels before being bottled.
2012 Bodegas Luis Saavedra, Corucho, Spain
This wine is an incredible value made from Garnacha; The average age of the vines is 70 years! The Vinos de Madrid, a little-known region, acquired DO status in 1990, and this winery has been certified organic since 1999.
As usual the tasting is complimentary and the ciders are discounted tomorrow night only. See you there!