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New! Celebrate with Champagne Cheddar

By Cathy Strange, December 20, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Cathy Strange

Sharing good times, wonderful food and the experience of new and tasty treats with family and friends is one of the most treasured parts of the holidays.

Fast forward to the week following Christmas. Mentally we are in gear to celebrate New Year’s Eve and this special day, along with weddings, makes me think of Champagne.

We Love Champagne

Bubbly and fun, Champagne is so unique! From a very small area in the northeast of France, the environment features a deluxe temperature that lets the grapes ripen perfectly.

And We Really Love Cheese

Our goal was to create a cheese that would complement this exciting time of year. We reviewed all of the qualities that we love about the wine and worked to define a cheese that meets the right expectations. Maybe a deviation from creamy soft ripened cheeses, yet something that highlights the flavors of the wine…

So We Made This

We partnered with our friends in the UK to create Champagne Cheddar!  The cheese is made using Cheddar aged 10 months and produced using traditional Farmhouse methods. Then the Cheddar is milled again to break it up, and the champagne is added. After that, it’s aged further and formed into its final shape.

It Tastes Amazing

Wonderful yeasty and fruity flavors are complemented by the creamy mouthfeel of this complex Cheddar. We really like the components that our producer partners and friends bring to this unique cheese – see if you can taste the slightly citrus finish. Try it in these three new recipes: Champagne Cheddar Cheese StrawsChampagne Cheddar Souffles and Champagne Cheddar Fondue.

It Pairs Well With This

What goes best with the flavors of Champagne and Cheddar? More Champagne! One of our favorites is also the best selling in France, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. The “Blue Label” Brut is perfectly balanced, dry yet fruity with notes of pear, apple, quince, fig and hazelnuts and, of course, an abundance of delicate bubbles.

And It's In Stores Now!

You can find Champagne Cheddar exclusively at Whole Foods Market®, and just in time for New Years toasting! We hope you love this cheese as much as we do. Try pairing it with the world’s most famous celebratory drink!

Tell us: how will you ring in the New Year with cheese?

Category: Cheese, Holidays 2012

 

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Dulke says ...
We love bubbly and we love cheese. In fact, we had a bottle of domestic tonight, just for the heck of it. And we often have cheese and crackers - with a little prosciuto or some of that lovely fig jam that you carry or with my most recent passion - pan de higo - a little slice of heaven! Since we are not going out, we will be having bubbly, cheese, and other lovely things over the course of the evening.
12/26/2012 8:08:36 PM CST
Rosa King says ...
What you are offering int he store would taste wonderful. I made a fondue for Christmas and it did not turn out well. I followed a recipe using swiss and and another cheese that used flour. What a disaster!! It did not have any flavor. Thank you for allowing me to respond. Rosa King
12/26/2012 9:02:41 PM CST
Jeanne says ...
Fondue, from Switzerland- 5oz per person- equal parts Swiss (EMMENTAL) & GRUYÈRE shredded, cut 2 cloves of garlic in half rub bottom of pot and leave in, dry white wine(up to a bottle depending on how much cheese is used). put wine in pot let it warm up then start to add the cheese when all of the cheese is melted make combine a tablespoon or 2 of corn starch(mixed with some wine), when it starts to come together add an ounce of Kirsch(cherry flavored brandy) grate some nutmeg. I have been making it for years, cut up your bread and enjoy.
12/30/2012 8:14:31 AM CST
Sharon Fournier says ...
I was looking for something to nibble on with apple slices, and accidentally stumbled on this Champagne Cheddar. It is one of the best white cheddars I've ever come across. It is creamier than most cheddars, and yet delightfully sharp. A devastating combination! I'm hooked.
03/09/2013 11:50:10 AM CST
Elisabeth Korn says ...
I would love it if you would continue to carry the champagne cheddar cheese. It has become a staple in my home in these last months and it seems to be a good seller as it is sometimes out of stock. I understand that you may not be carrying it anymore and I would like to put in my two cents and say it is a phenomenal and unusual cheese that tastes like nothing else so please do not discontinue it. Thank you for your consideration. Elisabeth
02/28/2014 12:24:18 AM CST