Cheeses to Put a Little Spring In Your Step
We made it, y’all. The birds are chirping in the pre-dawn morning, those bulbs you planted on a wing and a prayer in the fall have raised their petals towards the heavens, and deck dinners and picnic parties have returned like a long-lost lover. You can keep those spring vibes going with these three picnic-worthy cheeses:
Caromont Chevre: As the OG Caromont cheese, this chevre has become a perennial favorite thanks to its mild flavor and creamy texture. Chef and cheesemaker Gail Hobbs Page has been cranking out award winning goat’s and cow’s milk cheeses on her farm outside of Charlottesville since 2007.
Crown Finish Caves Barnburner: Some things are worth the wait and Barnburner is no exception. This cold smoked Grafton cheddar made from unpasteurized cow’s milk is bandaged and larded, then aged 4 months in the caves at Crown Finish.
Ubriaco Prosecco: Hailing from northern Italy, this “drunken cheese” takes a tipsy dip in Prosecco for two months and then aged for six. The end result is a mature cheese with subtle flowery notes and a firm yet supple texture.
Tuck this trio into your picnic basket along with a hunk of crusty bread, selection of charcuterie, early spring berries and a bottle of bubbly, and strike out for the nearest patch of daffodils and dogwoods you can find. Hallelujah, spring has sprung!