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Oct 25, 2007 04:57 PM

What is your favorite cheese splurge?

In reading the thread regarding everyday luxuries, I noticed many of us listed quality cheeses as a must have. We used to have a weekly wine and chese night and I would love to do a fabulous cheese display for our next party (in 2 weeks). So which specifically are your favorite cheese splurges?
Our all time favorite is Monte Enebro which is a goat cheese from Spain.

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  1. Epoisses is my favorite, hands down.

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    1. re: hrhboo

      Me too! I also love Mt. Tam from Cowgirl Creamery when it's been perfectly aged.

      1. re: mollyomormon

        The stinkier the better! Also, lovely runny tallegio and roquefort.

        1. re: hrhboo

          I just saw rounds of epoisses today at Surfa's for $15! So much cheaper than you could get it at the Cheese Stores of BH or Silver Lake!

          1. re: mollyomormon

            Thanks so much for the tip! Now I have to go there today. And tomorrow.

        2. re: mollyomormon

          Also the Red Hawk from Cowgirl Creamery. Incredibly fragrant. Incredibly good.

          1. re: perk

            Oh my god, Red Hawk is my favorite too. I did not expect it to be the seventh response, I thought I was going to be pretty cool and different posting that one. Shoot.

      2. Rogue River Blue -- this year's was just release a couple of weeks ago
        La Tur -- a soft-ripened sheep/goat/cow's milk cheese from Italy

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          I second the rogue river blue..and I love Pt. Reyes blue. I love putting the Earth and Vine Spicey apple garlic jam with the blues...and some thin crackers or crostini. Heaven. Perfect appetizers.

        2. Humboldt Fog is extremely good, especially when I can't decide between ripened or unripened.

          1. La Tur is one of my very favorite cheeses. It's a triple milk-goat, sheep and cow- with the best of all three. I also love a good Fior de Sardegna or Mozzarella de Bufala. Parmigiano-Reggiano is truly the ultimate wine sipping/cheese noshing cheese. Definitely splurge and go for the best- Vacche Rosse. As for non-Italian cheeses (!), I go for a French triple creme, or a nice ash-coveredm cave-aged goat; a Dutch extra-aged Gouda; a Swiss Gruyere; and just about any good artisinal cheddar, domestic or U.K. And speaking of the U.K.- don't forget a true Stilton.

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            1. re: vvvindaloo

              Totally agree on La Tur. Just got some from Murray's Cheese (NYC) today. And I also got some Dutch aged goat gouda~ I love goat and sheep milk cheese!

              1. re: kobetobiko

                Thanks for all those who highly recommended La Tur. I got my first today (and I was lucky to find it at the neighbourhood cheese store), a nice, ripe one, and couldn't wait until dessert before trying it. Lovely.

                When on a cheese splurge, I like most of the other cheeses mentioned in this thread too. For me, the "splurge" is to have a whole bunch of them altogether to contrast (except for the Mozzarella di Bufala, which deserves to be had all on its own)!

                1. re: tarteaucitron

                  From reading about La Tur here, I just scored a ripe one at a local cheese shop, along with a really good baguette...and then had to get a nice Pinot Noir to round it out. This stuff is heaven!

                  1. re: howboy

                    A small local specialty chain (Sigona's on the SF Bay Peninsula) has been featuring La Tur for $2.99 a piece (regularly $15 at my cheesemonger) this month. We've been pigging out on it!


              2. re: vvvindaloo

                vvvinaloo, your taste is impeccable...on both salumi, and cheese. My all time fave as well.

                1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

                  thank you, chef :) are you in the ny area? another great cheese is the gorgonzola cremificato sold by Murray's. It's the only one I use for a certain appetizer that I am fond of making. also, Sicilian sheep's milk ricotta, if you can get your hands on it. it's the real deal. buon appetito!

                2. Used to get the Monte Enebro but then discovered Neal's Yard cashel blue (along with the Dalmatia orange fig spread) at Whole Foods & went through that phase. Most recent discovery was Zingerman Creamery's lincoln log goat cheese purchased at the Cowgirl Creamery in SF.


                  A true splurge for me would be the brillat-savarin because each bite seems like I would need to add a level on that step mill/stair master:-)

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                  1. re: ceekskat

                    Agreed totally on the brillat-savarin. I just tried it for the first time last year on a cheese plate at a wine bar. It felt almost like eating fresh whipped cream - that silky creaminess was delicious!

                    1. re: stolenchange

                      Another vote for the brillat-savarin...that is the richest, creamiest cheese ever. Like butta'. I love the aged goat cheeses, too. They are expensive, but it's nice to treat myself and my friends, now and then. My other favorites are Brunet and Chabichou (sp?). And recently, I tried a fabulous creamy French cheese, I got at Costco, and not too expensive...$6. I'm sorry that I can't recall the name, but it was sort of a small, round, washed rind cheese...really smooth and creamy, very good!

             the comment about the stair master. It's so true. After all these cheeses, we'll all need some exercise.

                      1. re: sonofoodie

                        The Costco cheese, was it Delice de Bourgogne? I love that one.

                        1. re: jennyantepenultimate

                          They carry a triple cream that would fit the description.

                          1. re: jennyantepenultimate

                            Yes, I think that was's so good, isn't it?...just the right amount of tang and creaminess.