What is wine without cheese? What is cheese without wine? The answer is simple: incomplete and virtually unacceptable. But sometimes your run of the mill brie just isn’t cutting it anymore. Sometimes you need something new and perhaps a little weird.
If you’re getting tired of your usual cheese selection, take a walk on the wild side and try something a little different, more exotic, or stinkier than you would otherwise. Here are some super weird cheeses that any brave wine and/or cheese enthusiast should make a point to try.
1. Drunken Goat
No, the cheese makers do not have to get their goats wasted to make this delicious variety of cheese. That would be downright irresponsible – plus could you even imagine what a drunk goat could be capable of?
Legend has it that this cheese came about when a -perhaps drunken- worker accidentally dropped a wheel of cheese in a barrel of wine. After this, people went crazy for the stuff.
This cheese is cured in wine for a few days and manages to soak in some of the grapey flavors. Naturally, this cheese pairs well with fruity, jammy reds without being too goaty.
This cheese you literally eat with a spoon. No, you don’t heat it up in the microwave or over the stove with pasta. You let this cheese sit out until it reaches room temperature and you eat it with a spoon.
Dubbed by Briallat-Savarin (a long dead French foodie) as the “king of all cheeses,” this legendarily stinky variety was nearly forgotten during the World Wars but was resurrected in the 1950’s. This cheese is smooth and smokey and is good for dunking, no fondue pot required! Though, you might need a spoon!
3. Truffle Cheese
If you’re a true foodie like our aforementioned pal Brillat-Savarin, you know just how good truffles are. Naturally, truffles only make cheese even better.
This cheese is flavored with either shavings of the coveted fungus, its oil, or sometimes both.
Truffles give the cheese a nutty, garlicky, earthy flavor that some might consider pungent. But they’re wrong; it is delicious.
Various cheeses made with different kinds of milk are flavored with truffles, thus making it easy to find a truffle cheese that your mouth will like. Your wallet may not however like the price point this variety of cheese usually sits at, but it’s totally worth it.
4. Capriole Dairy’s OBanon
Here’s another example of just how well cheese goes with alcohol. This goat cheese is wrapped in chestnut leaves and soaked in bourbon.
The cheese is left woody and rich in taste without completely overpowering the goatyness of it.
So maybe you’re not a wino, if you’re more of a bourbon person break out this cheese the next time you pop open a bottle.
5. Deer Milk Cheese
Yes, this is a thing. And it’s not just a thing of ancient nomadic peoples. In New Zeland, people make cheese from deer milk. And it’s rumored to be delicious as well!
You can’t buy it in the states, but you can order it online through New Zeland’s premiere deer milk cheese artisans’ website at Whitestonecheese.com
Check out the video below for more on the best type of cheese!