Drunken Goat Cheese: What It Is & All About This Unique Cheese That’s Dipped In Red Wine

by Tejashee Kashyap
Drunken Goat Cheese: What It Is & All About This Unique Cheese That’s Dipped In Red Wine

For long, the marriage of wine and cheese has brought a perfect balance of flavours, aromas, and textures. But what if we told you, there’s already a cheese made dipped in wine? Enter Drunken Goat Cheese, a type of cheese that has gained popularity in recent years due to its unique flavour and texture, because of red wine.

Chronicles Of Drunken Goat Cheese

Drunken Goat Cheese
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Drunken Goat Cheese originated in the region of Murcia, located in southeastern Spain, and is made from the milk of Murciana goats. The cheese gets its name from the fact that it is soaked in red wine for several days, which gives it a distinctive appearance and flavour.

The cheese itself is semi-soft and has a creamy texture with a mild, tangy flavour. The exterior of the cheese is a deep purple colour that comes from the wine it has been soaked in. It is a versatile cheese that can be used in a variety of dishes. It pairs well with fruit and nuts and is often served as part of a cheese board.

Particularly, if you eat the wine-washed rind on drunken goat cheese, it should taste mildly of wine, with a fairly soft, thin texture. But can you get drunk on this wine-soaked cheese? Well, here’s the twist! It’s a cheese that isn’t overtly boozy. Rather, it is floral and mellow in taste.

How The Cheese Is Made

The process of making Drunken Goat Cheese starts with fresh goat milk, which is pasteurised and then mixed with rennet to create curds. These curds are then drained and pressed to remove excess whey. The cheese is then moulded into its distinctive shape and placed in a container filled with red wine.

The wine used to soak the cheese is typically a local red wine made from Monastrell grapes. The wine gives the cheese its unique flavour. The cheese is soaked in the wine for several days, during which it absorbs the flavours and colour of the wine.

After soaking in the wine, the cheese is removed and allowed to dry. It is then aged for several weeks in a temperature-controlled environment until it reaches the desired flavour and texture. The end result is a cheese that is creamy, tangy, and has a slightly sweet flavour from the wine.

So, the next time you’re looking for a new cheese to try, consider giving Drunken Goat Cheese a chance.

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