Golden Gate Washed Rind Cheese
Our Petite Ash cheese is a Triple Crème Brie coated with a thin layer of vegetable ash that gets applied right before the cheese enters the aging room. This process allows the delicate white rind to form in the traditional French brie cheese style around the layer of ash. Once cut into, a dark line can be seen directly under the rind for a visually appealing contrast of color. Charred vegetable ash has been a traditional ingredient in cheese making for centuries, used to help preserve the cheese as well as add an extra level of earthy, sometimes blue tasting flavor and seal in moisture for an extra-gooey cheese. Part of our Petite Reserve Collection, Marin French Cheese Co.’s Petite Ash Brie has a rich depth of flavor and creamy texture that will have you looking to try all the ash cheese options in your next visit to a cheese shop.
Ingredients: Cultured Pasteurized Cow’s Milk, Pasteurized Cream, Salt, Vegetable Ash, Microbial Enzymes.
The line of vegetable ash enrobing this petite brie adds extra earthy flavors allowing it to stand up to some richer flavor combinations. If this is your first time trying an ash cheese we always recommend trying it on its own before exploring pairings.
This is one of our Petite cheeses that we recommend enjoying alongside a glass of red wine. A California Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir reflects the surrounding terroir to compliment a cheese whose flavorful milky, earthy notes tie into the land and the products that come from it. The added ash helps the cheese stand up to some of the tannin levels and concentrated flavors of a red wine.
Like the fuller bodied wines, the same rings true when pairing beer with this ash cheese. This is a case where a little funk likes a little funk. Try a Saison style, Belgian Pilsner, or other wild-fermented beer for an interesting pairing full of complex flavors perfect for those looking for something a little out of the ordinary. A nice dark stout with nutty notes also stands up well to the slight blue tasting flavor of the cheese.
The beautiful color and mystique of the charcoal line in this ash cheese makes it a stand-out on a cheeseboard. The slightly blue tasting flavor isn’t overpowering and is complemented by a drizzle of honey. You can also try some stronger cured meats like wild boar salami for a cheese and charcuterie board full of intriguing flavors.
This cheese is a clear favorite of one of our team members and she loves it all on its own with a smooth Pinot Noir or Barbera. Her other recommendation is to play off the flavor of the charred vegetable ash with a smoked fish. Breakfast or brunch perfect, swap out your regular cream cheese for a decadent upgrade that you didn’t know you needed.
We recommend you leave this french style petite brie in its pure form, if melted it will lose some of the nuanced flavor and will have a muddled color instead of the beautiful visual contrast of the lined paste. Try a roast beef crostini topped with thinly sliced red onion over our creamy ash cheese, brought to room temperature and spread on sliced crunchy bread.
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