Niagara Wine Festival – Cheese

Peanut butter and jelly? Great. Chocolate and strawberries? Even better. Wine and cheese? Perfect. And this is what we happened to discover at the Niagara Wine Festival. Even though the event is about pairing different dishes with wine, we happened to stumble upon a cheese vendor stationed at one of the wineries we visited.

They had all sorts of cheeses available on a truck with a glass window display. The best part was being able to sample all the cheeses without paying extra. Since KD wanted to buy some brie, the vendor highly recommended triple cream brie as opposed to double. The vendor exclaimed that triple cream brie is like a Rolls Royce compared to a double cream brie (Chrysler). He was right. It was super soft and definitely creamy. We then purchased a few more cheeses for a cheese-lover friend. We tried to get some unique ones and ended up with these:

Beer Washed Cheese: Apparently it’s a type of cheese that pairs well with beer because it is made with beer! During the process of making the cheese, it is washed with a beer solution instead of the usual salt solution. It has an interesting flavour to it, somewhat like a cheesy toasted grain. 

Carmelized Onion Cheese. I assume this is achieved by extracting the juices from caramelized onions (onions that have been browned on a pan) and mixing it into the cheese to create this interesting marblized look. It was definitely unique tasting and pretty to look it.

Aged Gouda: The last piece of cheese that we bought was a piece of gouda because our friend mentioned that it’s his favourite type. We didn’t get to sample it because it was the vendor’s last slice, but for the premium price we paid it better be good!

Overall, I really enjoyed the cheese portion of the wine festival. I’ll have to make note next time I visit Niagara to go back for more cheese!

<u>Tip:</u> the vendor said although cheese will last forever when it is vacuum packed, the best way to preserve cheese that has been opened is to pack it with parchment paper. Mould is caused by excessive moisture and the parchment helps keep it dry. Good to know!

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