News & Events | 5 July 2021

OUR NEW CHEESE COLLECTION

OUR NEW CHEESE COLLECTION

We are pleased to announce that our New Cheese Collection is now available offering a complete range of the finest cheeses from local British cheesemakers around the country as well as from prestigious regions and protected areas in Europe.

Our cheese experts, Peter, Gill and Krishna; have curated the outstanding selection including goats’ and sheep’s cheeses, hard-pressed, washed rind, soft and blue cheeses; now all  available for our customers, along with a great selection of kitchen essentials and accompaniments.

From left to right meet Krishna, our Area Commercial Manager in Bristol, an ardent cheese enthusiast who spreads his cheese love in the South West of the UK. Gill, in the center, is our Senior Cheese Buyer. She has sourced and contacted the cheese producers in the UK and Europe. And finally on the left, Key Account Manager Peter who is our most experienced cheese expert, he is a Level 1 Academy Cheese Trainer and he has been selling cheese for almost 9 years in the UK.

We believe that our current cheese collection will provide you with all the cheese options that you demand for your creations from mouth watering cheese boards, delicious recipes and cooked dishes.

 

Our British cheeses

In the selection of British cheeses we have selected 24 products that includes 5 blue cheeses, 5 goats’ cheeses , 5 hard-pressed cheeses, 6 soft cheeses and 3 washed-rind cheeses.

In terms of provenance the cheeses have been selected predominatly in England from different cheese areas in the West Country as well as Suffolk and Lincolnshire.

In addition, we have also included a few Welsh jewels from Snowdonia and Cenarth and from Tipperary in Ireland.

Our British selection of cheeses come from small traditional farms or family producers who are passionate about what they do and we are proud to support them.

For the soft range of cheeses you will find excellent brie style cheeses like the award winning Baron Bigot from Suffolk, a fine creamy and white bloomy English brie; Tunworth and Winsdale from Reading.

The stars of the British blue cheeses are the Cornish Blue Cheese, awarded as Best Cheese of the World with a soft, mellow and sweet flavour; Perl Wen, a cross between a traditional Brie and a Caerffili and one of the most beloved cheeses in Wales.

For goats’ cheese, we offer five delicate but with a strong personality cheeses including Driftwood and White Lake Tor, the fresh Devon Vulscombe, the creamy and crumbly Capricorn and the soft and hand-coated Cerney with a hing of a lemon tang.

The washed-rind cheese selection includes the Welsh cider-washed Golden Cenarth with its nutty and unique savouriness, the delicate and herbaceous Stinking Bishop and the pungent and earthy Keltic Gold.

The selection wouldn’t be completed without cheddar cheeses and for the hard-pressed choice we have included the prestigious Godminster from Somerset and the Welsh Snowdownia. Both creamy, rich and full of flavour, two essentials on any cheese board.

 

Our Continental cheeses

Our selection of Continental cheeses includes predominantly French cheeses and other popular options that we have categorised as Kitchen Essentials as described below.

The French cheeses have been selected from the most prestigious regions of France including Franche-Comté, Pyrénées, Auvergne, Savoie, Normandy and Aveyron.

These are products with a long history and a strong reputation that represent their character, terroir and tradition and they have been classified as some of the best cheeses in the world.

As well as with the British selection, our cheese experts have chosen different varieties of cheese that include 6 blue cheeses, 4 goats’ cheeses, 10 hard-pressed, cheeses 8 soft cheeses and 4 washed-rind cheeses.

For the blue cheese we could not miss Roquefort, the oldest protected food of the planet and often considered the best blue cheese in the world. We have also included the distinguished AOP Bleu d’Auvergne and the Fourme d’Ambert.

For the soft cheeses, we have included brie and brie style cheeses like the prestigious Brie de Meaux, Brie de Meaux with truffle and Coulommiers, the heart shaped Neufchatel and the creamy Brillat Savarin.

To contrast, our collection also includes remarkable hard-pressed cheeses like the smooth and mellow Comté, the orange-coloured Mimolette, the distinctive Morbier with its line of ash running through the middle, the creamy Saint Nectaire and the unique Ossau Iraty.

To finish, the selection includes washed cheeses like the sumptuous Langres, Livarot and Pont-l'Évêque and the three gorgeous goats’ cheeses Selles sur Cher, St Maure and Valencay.

We have no doubt that this is an outstanding selection of French cheeses that ticks all the boxes to recreate a unique cheese experience.

 

The Cheese Kitchen Essentials

To complement the selection of fine cheeses from Britain and France, our cheese experts have created the section Cheese Kitchen Essentials where we have included convenient and indispensable cheeses in any kitchen, for cooking and baking.

The selection of kitchen essentails includes the classic cheeses from different nationalities such as Italian Burrata, Mozzarella, Ricotta or Parmesan; French gruyere, Spanish Manchego, Greek Halloumi and feta or Indian paneer.

 

Protected Cheese Certifications.

Many of the cheeses in our collection are distinguished by a "Protected Designation of Origin" label, this is nominated as PDO or its equivalent in French AOC (Appellation d’Origine Protegé). AOP = Appellation d'Origine Protégée.

The PDO is a testimony to the diversity of the terroirs and traditional know-how on each area and certifies that a cheese follows all the specifications and criteria. The specifities included are related to the region of origin, animal milk, manufacturing method etc, and in order to ensure that these cheeses are processed properly, PDO producers are checked at least once a year.

The PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) is a European label that marks the territorial anchoring of a cheese and very similar to the PDO. While the PDO requires that production, processing and preparation of the product take place within the territory defined in the specifications. In the case of the PGI, at least one of these steps must take place in the reference area, but not necessarily all three.

Accompaniments

Fine cheese tastes better with great accompaniments and these are equally important to enjoy cheese.  In our selection of accompaniments we have included remarkable conserves and crackers that offer the perfect combination of flavours and textures to enjoy with our cheeses.

In our selection of conserves, Global Harvest produces the best quality products in different flavours including quince, pear and plum. Handmade in Dorset, they are an excellent accompaniment with cheese and they have been made specifically with chefs in mind as an easy job to cut into any shape for any inventive presentation.

In our crackers selection we have included the brands that make the most natural biscuits and toasts with a wide assortment of options to match any cheese.

The Best Of Miller’s Selection is a combination of crackers emphasising on the goodness of natural ingredients. It’s a perfect option for large parties and a delicious selection of wheaty, tasty and crunchy biscuits including Damsels Charcoal Wafers, 3 seeds crackers, cranberry & raisin toasts and Elements Fire crackers.

The Peter’s Yard Sourdough Crispbread Mix is another excellent combination of different premium crackers including their original biscuit, rye and charcoal crackers and fig and spelt toasts. They’re crafted from natural ingredients including Shipton Mill flour and organic fresh milk. This selection is designed to accompany any cheeseboard and contains three individually wrapped trays.

Contact our Cheese Experts

Our team of cheese experts are proud with the selection of cheeses they have chosen and we believe that the whole collection provides possibly the best range of cheeses in the market for our customers to create the finest cheese boards and recipes.

If you have any questions or need information and details about the cheeses or accompaniments, please do not hesitate to contact us, and our cheese experts will be delighted to help to place your order!:

Email: sales@classicfinefoods.co.uk / Phone: 020 7627 9666