Incredibly Tasty Goats Cheeses From Frances Loire

Business The Loire Valley offers goat’s cheese enthusiasts a paradise. It is a perfect location for a holiday meandering alongside the Loire River, visiting famous historic chateaux, cheese producers and caves for wine tasting and even staying in a boutique castle hotel if you chose. This region is justly called the Garden of France, and is sprinkled with amazing Renaissance castles open to the public and an abundance of fine wines and cheeses. Chateau du Guerinet near Blois is a perfect base for a cheese lover’s Loire Valley holiday. The Loire Valley is the starting point in the history of goat’s-milk cheese in France. In the eighth Century, the Saracens of Arab descent were repelled at Poitiers. When they were expelled from France they abandoned their goats and left the recipes for making incredible cheese from goats milk. The quaint villages on either side of the Loire River produce goat’s cheeses of different sizes and shapes. There are six AOC (Appellation d’Origine Controlee) cheeses: Sainte-Maure de Touraine, Selles-sur-Cher, Valencay, Pouligny-Saint-Pierre, Chabichou du Poitou and Crottin de Chavignol. There are currently forty-two French cheeses with AOC recognition. An AOC label indicates quality and guarantees that a product has been made within a specified region of France following established methods of production. Chabichou du Poitou has a thin rind of blue, white or yellow mould and a delicate slightly sweet flavour. Sancerre and Pouilly Fume wines go wonderfully with this cheese. Sainte-Maure de Touraine is a blue-grey mould covered long truncated log of goat’s cheese. The cheese is mature, balanced, round with salt, sourness and an aroma of walnut. This cheese is made all year long and is nicely complimented by a glass of Chinon or Vouvray. Selles-sur-Cher also has a rind of natural mould covered with powdered and salted charcoal. The pate is hard at first, then moist, heavy and clay-like as it blends and melts in the mouth. The taste is slightly sour and salty with a touch of sweetness. A glass of Sancerre or Pouilly Fume accompanies this cheese beautifully. Pouligny-Saint-Pierre nicknamed the Eiffel Tower or Pyramid because of its shape. The rind is of natural mould. The pate is a soft moist white and crumbly. The taste is at first sour and salty followed by sweetness. This cheese goes wonderfully with a glass of Sancerre or Reuilly. Crottin de Chavignol known as Chavignol is hard black and knobbly on the surface, and the taste is a balance of sourness, sweetness and a little salt to be enjoyed with a glass of Sancerre de Chavignol. Valencay cheese looks like a small black pyramid. It is purported that the shape of the cheese was originally a perfect pyramid. But when Napoleon returned from a failed campaign in Egypt he rested at Valencay Castle, the cheese reminded him of the Egyptian pyramids and in a rage he loppedoff the top of the cheese with his sword. The Valencay goat’s cheese has a rind of natural mould, covered with salted powdered charcoal and goes wonderfully with a glass of Quincy, Reuilly or Sancerre. What better way to enjoy these cheeses than meandering through the Loire Valley visiting historic chateaux, maybe a hot-air balloon ride in the morning, gourmet lunch in village bistros, meeting cheese and wine producers sampling their products and returning at night to a friendly inviting boutique chateau hotel. Don’t just visit a french chateau – stay in one. You will be amazed. Guests get to truly experience the grandeur of living in a french chateau. Make your next holiday a gourmet chateau holiday in the beautiful Loire Valley. If you love goat’s cheese you will not regret it. About the Author: Corina Gildersleeve runs Chateau du Guerinet, near Blois as a luxury chateau for up to fifteen people perfect for your next Frenchvacation. Rent a castle in France. Rent a french castle. Rent a castle in France. Rent a french castle. She also writes for about writing articles for SEO and website popularity Article Published On: – Business 相关的主题文章: