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Abondance cheese (PDO)

April 15, 2016

Abondance cheese is a semi-hard cheese with a subtle hazelnut flavor that is often enjoyed as is or melted. It has enjoyed Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status since 1990, meaning that it can only be made in a certain geographical area using time-tested traditional methods of production. It gets its name from one of […]

Designated as the “national cheese” of Corsica (a French island in the Mediterranean Sea), brocciu (protected denomination of origin – PDO) is such an integral part of the area’s culture that a poet, Emile Bergerat, said in the 19th century that “anyone who hasn’t tasted it doesn’t know the island.” Brocciu cheese has an extremely […]

The Neufchâtel cheese

August 14, 2015

The Neufchâtel is a soft-ripened cheese made from cow’s milk in the area of Normandy called “Pays de Bray”. Softly salted, this cheese has a fluffy white skin and a firm, smooth inside. You can find it under different shapes, but the heart is its most famous one, making it instantly recognizable. History The Neufchâtel […]

Tomme de Savoie (PGI)

July 14, 2015

The Tomme de Savoie PGI is a type of distinguished semi-soft cheese produced in the French Alps and in parts of Switzerland according to a demanding set of criteria. In France, the majority of these cheeses are made in the départements from which they derive their name, Savoie, and Haute-Savoie thanks to the milk of […]

Bleu d’Auvergne (Protected Designation of Origin – PDO) is one of the world’s best-known blue cheeses. Named after the central French region from which it originates, the Bleu d’Auvergne, made from cow’s milk, is milder in taste. Indeed, the balance that Bleu d’Auvergne strikes between the traditional potency of blue cheeses and the earthiness it […]

Terroir, a magical French word! French people talk about it all the time – how much terroir is important for the quality of a wine or a cheese, how a recipe is a recette de terroir … But what exactly do we mean when we use this word? Terroir is a mix between a geographical […]

The Pont L’Evèque is a soft cheese from Normandy made from cow’s milk with a washed-rind, easily recognizable by its consistent square shape. It is one of the world’s more ancient cheeses, created in the XII century by Cistercian monks from Caen city. The Pont L’Evèque is a soft cheese from Normandy made from cow’s […]

Comté Cheese (PDO)

May 6, 2015

The Comté, a word meaning ‘county’ in French, is made with unpasteurized cow’s milk that must be produced in Jura (Mountains in the East of France). The Comté is the first French cheese to have been given the seal of quality: AOC in 1958. This law was created to link the cheese and its method […]

Roquefort (PDO)

May 6, 2015

Terroir and Origin Roquefort obtained the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in 1925. It is made exclusively from whole, raw milk from Lacaune ewes, the only breed of ewe capable of withstanding the region’s extremes of climate. Although the milk used to make Roquefort is collected in a specific mountains area from the south of France, […]

Ossau Iraty is the proud product of the French Basque Country and the nearby Béarn region in southwestern France. It is made with the milk of Manech and Basco-Bearnaise ewes, and was granted PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status, illustrating its quality and excellence by guaranteeing the origin of the milk and the production process, […]