I feel like kind of as ass for not knowing about national cheese day for so long. Not that I’ve been a slouch in the cheese-consuming department. I’ve absolutely been carrying my weight (insert pointed comment here). But now that I know that June 4th is its very own holiday dedicated to celebrating cheese, I shan’t let another 4th of June go by without celebrating one of the best foods on earth.
The platter above contains a selection of pure cheesy joy. Here’s what you’re looking at starting with the herb coated log of chevre, and moving clockwise:
Fresh Herb Chevre (goat cheese) – Tangy and fresh, coated with herbs de Provence; goat’s milk.
Le Gruyere AOP – One of the best cheeses to ever come out of Switzerland,with a long, proud cheesemaking history, a combination of sweet and nutty, milder when young, more assertive as it ages (like most cheeses, and frankly most people); cow’s milk.
Fourme d’Ambert – One of the mildest blue cheeses, creamy with a delicate, fruity flavor, from Auvergne, France; cow’s milk.
Le Vigneron Winzer – This semi-soft cheese has been aged in red wine, giving the rind lovely color and the cheese and aromatic and full-bodied flavor; cow’s milk.
Coupole – An aged goat cheese in a domed shape, with a wonderfully dense texture, and a fresh milk taste; goat’s milk.
Pont L’evêque – Creamy and pale yellow, this Soft cheese has a rich, lush flavor, smooth texture, and a notable aroma; cow’s milk.
Happy National Cheese Day! Let the festivities begin!