Apéro Box – Zurich – September 2021

Dear Cheese Lover,

Welcome to our September Box featuring the wonderful and diverse canton of Zurich!  Get ready to taste a beautiful and unique selection of artisanal cheeses that we discovered on our road trip to Hinwil and Wald.

Thanks for joining our adventure!  We hope you love your Box!

Warmest regards,

Lhney & Johana – the Cheese Ladies

Selected By L'Atelier du Fromage

The Apéro Box for September 2021

Offering a taste of Canton Zurich!

FüürStei

Chäsi Girenbad

FüürStei is a semi-hard, cow`s milk cheese with an interesting story.  Its unique flavor comes from natural smoke.  After maturing, the cheese is debarked (rind removed), portioned, and then smoked.  Its firm texture is enhanced by the smokey, spicy taste.  The cheese also imparts a strong meaty flavor that reminds us of charcuterie.  Due to its strong character, FüürStei can be enjoyed with a bolder red wine.

Characteristics :  Semi-hard, smoked cheese with a color ranging from ivory to brown.

Type of milk :  Raw, cow’s milk

Serving suggestion :  A unique cheese that will stimulate conversation at your next apéro.  We love it paired with a glass of rich red wine.  Given the hearty, savory flavors of this cheese, it can be enjoyed as a meat substitute.

Camemää is a soft, bloomy white rind cheese that is shaped into a half-moon before the aging process.  These cheeses are cared for by hand in small batches.  Camemää is made with fresh, whole sheep’s milk produced in the grassy pastures nearby.  The light taste of hay reminds us of these pastures. We love the milkiness of this cheese, its balanced acidity, and the soft to medium-firm texture.  The longer it ripens, the cheese will develop a stronger taste and aroma.

Characteristics :  Soft, bloomy white rind cheese made with 100% whole sheep’s milk. It tastes lightly of hay which transports you to the grassy pastures.

Type of milk :  Pasteurized ewe’s milk

Serving suggestion :  Camemää’s unique shape is wonderful to showcase on a cheese platter.  Also delicious baked until melted and served with flatbread for dipping.

DW Plan B – Cuvée Rouge Suisse

Weingut Diederik

DW Plan B was developed by Weingut Diederik when the late frost of 2017 destroyed the grape harvest.  Their plan B was to reach out to their winegrowing friends from Ticino, Vaud, Aargau, Zurich, and Graubünden who came to the rescue by selling their grapes.  We think DW Plan B is a delightful wine that honors good deeds and a helping hand.

Made with Pinot noir 52%, Gamay 15%, Cabernet Dorsa 14%, Merlot 11%, Gamaret 8%, this wine is fresh and juicy and full of dark berry flavors.  It has spicy notes of allspice, black pepper, and cloves.

Grapes : Pinot noir, Gamay, Cabernet Dorsa, Merlot and Gamaret

Wine Style :  Fruity, spicy, dry red

Characteristics :  Fresh and juicy with flavors of dark berries married with spicy notes of allspice, black pepper and cloves.

Serving suggestion :  Serve with grilled chicken or a smoked cheese!

Visiting the cheese dairies

On our road trip to canton Zurich, we met two cheesemakers who are passionate about their craftsmanship.  Both families have continued the work started by their father, who are both co-founders of the Natürli platform.

Our Box of September celebrates the family businesses that are passed from generation to generation!  It is our pleasure to share these cheese dairies and their stories with you.

Chäsi Girenbad

It was a beautiful drive to Chäsi Girenbad.  Find out why we had to re-visit this cheese dairy!

Schafmilchkäserei Koster

Smelling the lush meadows near Wald.

We love stories with happy endings!  Find out how this lovely couple met and how they took on her family’s business.

Join us next month to discover the artisanal cheeses and wine of canton Bern!

Available to order until 30 September.  Delivered on 14 October.

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