Campo de Montalban is a mixed-milk cheese, containing roughly sixty percent cow`s milk with the remainder comprised of goat`s and sheep`s milks. It was originally considered a Manchego, but in 1985 the AOC standards for Manchego were changed to mandate 100 percent sheep’s milk. As Campo de Montalban is mixed-milk, its name was changed to reflect its home region. Made in the town of La Puebla de Montalban, its name translates to `the fields of Montalban.
Characterized by it’s dusty gray rind, Garrotxa is the most famous cheese in Catalonia. Cheese maker Josep of Can Pejol pays homage to the small production methods of the original recipe, which almost disappeared in the mid 1900s due to changes in farming policies. It’s an approachable crowd-pleasing cheese, with hints of roasted almonds, and cellar.
Pressed cheese made from pasteurized sheep’s milk of the Manchega breed, with a minimum maturing period of 90 days.
Elaborated with raw sheep milk, Idiaza¡bal is a robust and sharp cheese, and usually ripened for a long period (at least 60 days). Its paste is delightful and chewy. The P.D.O. Idiazabal bheese is elaborated in the Basque Country and Navarre, from raw milk of the `Lacha` and `Carranzana` sheep´s varieties, natural rennet, and a minimum ripering of 2 months.
The cheese is made in Posada de Valdeon, in the Castile-Leon region of the northwestern Spain and is wrapped in sycamore maple or chestnut leaves before being sent to market. The cheese has a very intense blue flavor, but is not as yellowed or as biting as its cousin Cabrales. Aged 6 Months
This organic “guindilla” chili, pairs wonderfully with tomato, onion and ventresca tuna salads. Or try the Basque Country’s famous Gilda with Bahia de la Concha boquerones and Losada gordal olives.
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