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  • Cheesemonger Chatter - new season Cranky Goat cheese

    Hey goat cheese geeks, get your new seasons fix of Cranky Goat cheese…now in stock.

    The Nag:  Pasteurised goats milk, microbial rennet, 3 weeks old.

    Pelorous Pearl: Pasteurised goats milk, microbial rennet, 3 weeks old.

    The Nanny: Pasteurised goats milk, microbial rennet, 4 weeks old.

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  • Cheesemonger Chatter- Tenara has arrived!

    HUZZAH! The wait is over. The first batch of Tenara from Kaikoura Cheese has arrived.

    Tenara

    Tenara pasteurised goat’s milk, microbial rennet, 3 weeks old, made in Kaikoura. A mousse paste enrobed in my favourite bacteria Geotrichum, producing a yeasty lactic beauty. 250g

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    And the first batch of Savvy Washed Rind has arrived also.

    Savvy Washed Rind

    Savvy Washed Rind pasteurised goats milk, microbial rennet, 3 weeks old, made in Martinborough. Washed in Sauvignon Blanc with a peachy orange rind –  has aromas of fresh hay developing more earthy notes with age. 130g

    Smoked Soft Goats Cheese kicks off next Tuesday September 6.

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    Smoked Soft Goats Cheese pasteurised goat’s milk, microbial rennet, 1 week old, made in Picton. Lactic set, lightly salted, matured for 3 days, cold smoked in apple wood for 20 mins.

    On Wednesday I hung out with Amanda and Jacqui from The Drunken Nanny in Martinborough. We knocked about town chatting cheese and launched a cunning plan to manufacture New Zealand’s first Gudbrandsdalsost clone; brown cheese. Watch this space….

    Brown Cheese

    Fun to present Blue Rhapsody and Fromage Blanc at the weekends BIG CHEESE lunch The Grill Sky City Auckland. With 100 ticket holders in attendance, there were plenty of folks loving NZ cheese! I had a fascinating chat with a truffle dog trainer that sniffs out the majority of NZ truffles, they tasted pretty epic on the Croque Monsieur.

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    5000 tonnes of Camembert AOP was produced last year versus 60,000 tonnes of "Made in Normandy" Camembert. The appellation contrôlée label (AOC) certifys 'Real' French cheese keeping it free of any imposters. Normandy Camembert surprisingly is made in Normandy France and is protected with a AOP - a protected designation of origin. A debate is currently waging with the The INAO (National Institute for Origin and Quality) to try and clarify this situation between AOP and Camembert "Made in Normandy".

    Of the dozen Camembert PDO, only two are fermier - farm cheeses. And all of this mass production of Camembert damages the Camembert de Normandie brand leaving it to no longer mean anything. Read more here..

    By Calum Hodgson, our Cheesemonger

  • Cheesemonger Chatter

    Viva l'italia!!! PROMO PARMIGIANO! Grab yourself a steal on our 200g Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano small wedges!

     Drunken Nanny FamilyCheesemaker Amanda from The Drunken Nanny in Martinborough visited us this week. It was a great chance for her to meet some of our trade customers and talk about our trial cheese concepts we’ve been tinkering with. Watch this space!

     

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  • Cheesemonger Chatter - Seasonal Cheeses

    KaikouraMushroomShroomKaikoura Cheese Company will be featured on New Zealand’s greatest TV show Country Calendar Saturday October 8. The timing is great, New NZ Seasonal Cheeses are arriving on our shelves throughout September and October. Just in time for NZ Cheese month.
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  • Cheesemonger Chatter - 44 wheels of Parmigiano on the whey...

    44 wheels of Parmigiano have been ordered, on their whey to Sabato for Christmas.

    Parmigiano

    The surplus of the 44 wheels unable to be stored on site to be held in chillers offsite. I plan to visit the storage facility – a cheesemonger wants to know where and how these babies will be resting!

    Alongside the 44 wheels, will be PARMIGIANO REGGIANO “Solodibruna” DOP cheese, extra selected 48 months, 250g fixed weight.

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  • Kiwi quinoa - a New Zealand first!

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    The first New Zealand grown quinoa has finally arrived at Sabato.

    Kiwi Quinoa is the innovative idea from Rangiteki couple Dan and Jacqui Cottrell. After 5 years perfecting their method and process, they harvested their first crop in February 2016. We were lucky enough to get our hands on this sustainably farmed quinoa and we couldn't be more excited!

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  • The finale

    Giusti Acetaia Giusti Acetaia

    One of the main reasons for our journey was a trade fair in Parma, which is an easy way to touch base with some of the suppliers we have gathered over the years.

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  • Andreola Prosecco

    Andreola DOCG Vineyard Vineyard

    It took us much longer to drive to Valdobbiadene in the Veneto than we had imagined, so it was close to lunchtime when we turned into the little vineyard-lined road which snaked around a few corners then delivered us to the very stylish winery Andreola, the maker of the interesting range of DOC and DOCG Prosecco newly gracing our shelves.

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  • The trip continues...

    We dropped by Tsé-Tsé studio in Paris to meet Sigolène Prébois - one of the two creators of the beautiful range of porcelain dishes we stock. These handmade exquisite pieces each take up to a week to make - longer if the weather is bad or they are glazed with the gold or platinum. When they started in 1995 they approached Limoges but were turned away as they were asking for something beyond the norm with their quest for the uneven mutable feel which is their signature.

    Tse Tse Studio Tsé-Tsé Studio

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  • Amsterdam

    Canal Canal

    This was our first time in Amsterdam. We had booked into an Air BnB and although the streets may be flat, the plentiful internal staircases are not! This is because houses used to be taxed on width, not height. The door opened to our abode straight on to, what seemed to us, two neck breaking sets of stairs which were spiral as well. We immediately enlisted the help of our young greeter and his friend to get our luggage up to the apartment. I'd recommend looking for a ground floor place to anyone heading that way with heavy bags. Continue reading

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