Match of the week
Camembeso cheese and Ribera del Duero
I’m an ardent advocate of pairing cheese with white wine so it came as a bit of a surprise just how well the Spanish cheeses I was eating over the weekend went with the full-bodied Ribera del Duero wines I was tasting, many of which were over 14.5%
The cheese was a new one on me, a Camembeso from Quesos & Besos in the Sierra Morena in Andalucia, a gloriously silky goats cheese which I suspect had been partly coagulated or set with thistle extract as is common among artisanal cheeses in Spain. The distinctive shape is designed to represent lips - ‘Quesos y Besos’ means cheese and kisses!
You can’t find out much about it online because every time you look up Camembeso Google assumes you mean Camembert
It went with most of the wines I paired it with other than the most modern, sweetly fruited ones and was just glorious with them
You can order it, as I did, from specialist importer Mevalco for £6.50 - [a perfect sharing size for 2 cheese fanatics’, as the catalogue puts it). Mevalco stocks other excellent Spanish cheeses and Spanish charcuterie too: the Gomez Moreno Rosemary Manchego is also delicious.
I paid for the cheese and received the Ribera wines as a sample
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