Category Archives: Semi-Soft

Drunken Goat

The Drunken Goat is a Spanish semi-soft, creamy goat. She gets her name from the fact that the rind is washed in red wine, and some of that flavor sinks into the cheese, giving it a fruity, fresh taste. The cheese itself is a pure and blinding white.


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Campo Del Montalban

Cow, sheep, and goat from Spain. Like Manchego, the Campo goes wonderful with Mebrillo paste or honey. He also pairs well with thinly sliced Jamon Serrano, or a full bodied red wine.

The name always reminds me of the Count from Sesame Street, “Aha! I am de CAMPO del MONtalbaaahnnn! Howww many pounds would you like??”

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Pleasant Ridge Reserve

She is direct from Wisconsin, from the folks at the Uplands Cheese Co. She is a semi-soft raw cow cheese, melts wonderfully, and has a delicious nutty essence. She has also received numerous awards.

From their website:

Best of show 2001 and 2005Most notably, Best of Show at the 2005 American Cheese Society conference, an accolade it won for the second time, having been awarded Best of Show in 2001 as well. Additionally, Pleasant Ridge Reserve was named U.S. Champion at the 2003 U.S Championship cheese contest.

Funny story. I had a layover in London about 4 months ago which afforded me a night stay in the city. I was walking around Covent Garden, when it occurred to me that I could visit Neal’s Yard, the famous UK cheese distributer. After some looking, I went down this side street and found it! I was in the shop for a bit and started talking to one of the guys behind the counter, who to my surprise was American. Turns out he was from Wisconsin, and in London on a cheese exchange program, working 6 months on a farm and 6 in a store. I asked what cheese he made in Wisconsin and he said “Pleasant Ridge Reserve.” No way!


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ONETiK Ossau-Iraty

They say this cheese may be one of the oldest aged cheeses in existence, dating back 3800 years or more.

Its a mild and nutty sheep’s milk Brebis cheese from the Basque region in southern France/northern Spain.

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This is our most famous and delicious truffle cheese. An Italian cow’s milk semi-soft cheese, Sottocenare has a nutty and complext flavor, enough moisture to melt wonderfully, and is generally an all-around great eating cheese. When we get a new wheel in, its like a mini-birthday, it comes wrapped up like a present. Sometimes Michael takes the string it comes wrapped in and wears it over his chest like a sash all day. He says it protects him.

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