Sparkenhoe Mature Red Leicester
Sparkenhoe Dairy, located in Leicestershire, England, is the only traditional producer of Red Leicester in existence today. Cheesemakers, David and Jo Clarke, make Red Leicester in the traditional broad and flat round using raw milk from their pedigree herd of Holstein-Friesian cows.
Sparkenhoe Mature Red Leicester is made using similar techniques as other traditional British cheeses, including the process of cheddaring, and binding the cheese in cloth. The use of annatto, a natural colorant, gives Sparkenhoe Mature Leiscester it’s vivid brick orange color. Most Red Leicester is aged between four and six months, where Sparkenhoe Mature is aged a minimum of one year, giving it a richer, drier texture and more intense flavor.
Come down to the shop and try a taste of this delicious rare cheese!
Wacky Wines Tasting
Thursday, May 17th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Matt Howe of Estelle Wines will be joining us this Thursday with a selection of unusual wines for you to try. This week’s selection demonstrates some uncommon production techniques and grape varietals.
Here’s the line up:
Ca’Montebello, Pinot Nero Bianco Frizzante, Oltrepo Pavese, Italy
This white, frizzante wine is made from 100% Pinot Noir. The delicate pressing prevents this wine from obtaining the red color of a typical Pinot Noir. Delicately sparkling, fresh and fruity. Excellent as an aperitif or paired with cheese or seafood.
Domaine Salauze ‘Super Modeste’ Petillant Naturel, Provence, France
Organic and biodynamically produced in Miramas, France, ‘Super Modeste’ is made from Vermentino and Ugni Blanc grapes. A pet nat, or Petillant-Naturel, is a naturally sparkling wine, meaning that the wine is
bottled during primary fermentation without the addition of sugar or yeasts. This technique results in a more rustic sparkling wine than Champagne. ‘Super Modeste’ is a delicious sparkling wine with crisp notes of green apple.
2017 Love and Squalor, ‘Frayed Knot,’ Rose of Gewurztraminer, Willamette Valley, OR
Although the label say rose, this is really an orange wine. This wine is made with the Gewurztraminer that is gently macerated and steeped with its skins, giving it a beautiful salmon color. The resulting wine is sweet and floral on the nose, and dry with a pleasant minerality on the palate.
Ottin Vini, “Torrette Superieur,” Vallee d’Aoste, Italy
This wine comes from the Vallee d’Aoste, located in Northern Italy, between the French and Italian alps. This cool climate red is a made from a blend of Petit Rouge, Cornalin, and Fumin that are aged in stainless steel. Dark berries and a touch of white pepper are present on the palate. Pair with alpine cheeses or smoked ham.
As usual, the wines are discounted Thursday night only. See you there!