Rosey Goat has always been one of the most predictably popular cheeses we have offered here at the store. All you have to do is keep it in stock and set it out for tasting occasionally and it's off to the races and we're sold out again in no time. So why haven't I had it here for the better part of a year?
Usually when I don't have a staple like Rosey Goat it's because the supplier is out of it. But then if I'm not on my game and it's nowhere in sight to remind me to order it, well then, Ol' Don forgets to order it. That and I tend to buy off the monthly promotions circular instead of just keeping the popular cheeses in stock.
So what is this Rosey Goat stuff we're talking about? In Spain it's called Caprillice and it hails from the Castilla La Mancha region of central Spain. Yes that's right, Don Quixote country. The cheese is semi-soft in texture, mild in flavor yet because it is goat cheese, it has the requisite goaty tang. It is aged six to eight weeks during which time it receives its resinous rosemary crust.
In La Mancha Rosey Goat is considered a sister cheese to "Winey Goat", a similarly styled cheese that receives a red wine bath during ageing instead of the herbs which brings up the fundamental naming issues many cheeses have. While we have never sold "Winey Goat" we have sold that cheese by other names. The same for Rosey Goat and many other cheeses from other countries. Sometimes it has to do with the appellation system, sometimes it's branding, and I'm sure other times it has to do with proprietary rights. Hey what's in a name anyway?
Rosey Goat is great with tapas, rustic bread, Marcona almonds, and European dry red wine. I would even give it a try with white wine. And it's here in the store now...but for how long?
David Hobbs joins us this Thursday at 5pm with a tasting of four wines from Long Meadow Ranch of Napa Valley. Please join us for the tasting.