#55 – Valdeon cheese
Valdeon cheese facts:
- Valdeon is a mixture cheese (using two or more types of milk in a cheese) and a form of Spanish blue cheese that is made from a combination of cow and goat milk.
- Valdeon is traditionally made in caves located in the Valdeon valley( in the Picos de Europa mountain range). Of course, now it is made in special temperature-humidity controlled rooms.
- Valdeon cheese has a dirty white color with bluish greenish veins/moulds. It is often presented wrapped in sycamore leaves(Which in my opinion makes it look like a delicious chocolate covered cheesecake :D).
- Valdeon is comparably similar to Cabrales cheese, but cabrales has a sharper more tangy taste. Also, Cabrales is wrapped in foil (not chocolate :D)
- A majority of Valdeon sources suggest that Valdeon should be tried with dry white wines.
- Valdeon is so excellent it has earned its DOP label(Denominazione di Origine Protetta) which can assure its buyer that it is an authentic Valdeon.
- Valdeon cheese earned gold for the “Best Spanish Cheese” award in the International Cheese awards of 2011. Valdeon also won gold in the World Cheese awards in 2009 and 2010 as well as bronze in 2005 and 2007 for “Best Blue Cheese” award.