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I'll Take Soft-Ripened for $200, Alex (Cheese Terminology)

HillJ Mar 24, 2013 05:42 AM

So much to learn...cheese-speak!

(alpha glossary


Cheese terminology (flash cards)!

Pheww...no wonder all these years I've pointed to the case, asked for a taste and inevitably called it all....cheese!

So much to dig your cheese loving nose into!


What's your method for keeping all the glorious cheesey information straight?

  1. Veggo Mar 24, 2013 06:15 AM

    Fun, and very informative, thanks.

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      ItalianNana Mar 24, 2013 06:26 AM


      Thanks for starting this thread. I love the heading! I'm off to check out the links and will return to kibitz.

      I'm hoping cheese board visitors will check it out. Getting my bearings on a new subject always has me searching for effective ways to ask questions and express myself. I recently learned that a wine that made me think "bovine" or "horsey" is properly described as "leathery." :-D

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        HillJ Mar 24, 2013 07:33 AM

        ItaliN, it's all about learning around here! The flash card link is one of my favorites actually because it addresses retention.

        Clearly we've quickly learned there is an endless sea to cheese culture, wine culture, food culture. That's the gift!

        I'm in no hurry...so let's enjoy this board one slice at a time!

        What cheese would a "leathery" wine pair with?

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          ItalianNana Mar 24, 2013 11:54 AM

          A cowy one? :-)

          Under "C"

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        ohmyyum Mar 24, 2013 07:57 AM

        Agh barnyardy is a legitimate descriptive adjective? I've said barnyardy because I could not find another way to nicely say, "it smells and tastes like licking a cow" (or so I imagine) so I feel quite validated right now!

        Thanks for sharing these links, HillJ. I am new to cheese but interested in learning more about it!

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          HillJ Mar 24, 2013 11:27 AM

          ohmyyum, my pleasure. this entire (cheese) board has been so much fun already!

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            sunshine842 Mar 24, 2013 02:01 PM

            barnyardy is acceptable to describe the aroma of wine, as well. (Gigondas from the Rhone Valley is well-known for smelling barnyardy, but to borrow your name, oh my yum.)

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              Fowler Mar 24, 2013 05:14 PM

              "Agh barnyardy is a legitimate descriptive adjective?"

              Absolutely! And that characteristic in cheese can remind me of a bottle of Burgundy with brett.

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              INDIANRIVERFL Mar 24, 2013 11:34 AM

              One of my favorite sites. Get the poster if they are still offering it. Use to be free.

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                HillJ Mar 24, 2013 01:57 PM

                IND, I see a guidebook but not a poster--or, are they one and the same? The guide is free.

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                  INDIANRIVERFL Mar 25, 2013 07:35 AM

                  The guide would be far easier to use in the car.

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                    HillJ Mar 25, 2013 07:45 AM

                    Chowhound after my own heart.

                    I gave the app a try but it was way too timing consuming to scroll through for cheese shopping purposes.

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                      INDIANRIVERFL Mar 25, 2013 09:10 AM

                      If you ever get up that way, I will be happy to give you my cheese shopping itinerary. One full day and over 400 miles for world beating limburger, blue, gouda, colby, and cheddar.

                      Carr Valley alone should be able to satisfy any yearning for goat and sheep cheese, as well as blends. Plus 6 or 10 year aged cheddar.

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                        HillJ Mar 25, 2013 09:15 AM

                        You know a chowhound cheese shopping spree would be an incredible day out.

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                          Fowler Mar 25, 2013 10:16 AM

                          IRFL, if your cheese tour includes Mineral Point I would highly recommend a stop at Hook's. They have won countless awards and their 15-year old Cheddar is one of the finest cheeses I have ever had the pleasure of eating.

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                            INDIANRIVERFL Mar 25, 2013 10:23 AM

                            Agreed. Then I head up to the original Carr Valley creamery near Lavalle. Full of odds and ends and at a great price reduction.

                2. alkapal Mar 25, 2013 06:59 AM

                  thanks for the links. the wisconsin cheese glossary is great. the cheesecyclopedia at that site is great, too.

                  i have a tiny quibble on the quizlet. i know that the spanish word "queso" is mispronounced on that quizlet chart. the emphasis should be on the first syllable for "queso".

                  1. alkapal Mar 25, 2013 07:12 AM

                    holy smoked cheese, batman! the wisconsin folks also have a grilled cheese sandwich directory of recipes -- the "grilled cheese academy"! (warning: do not view if you are hungry and cannot get to some cheese and bread pretty quickly): http://grilledcheeseacademy.com

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                      HillJ Mar 25, 2013 07:13 AM

                      LOL...the lessons begin!
                      Re the quibble with quizlet, corrections are always best when you write to the site owners.

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                        HillJ Mar 25, 2013 07:15 AM

                        Don't you love the voice over for the Grilled Cheese Academy!

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                          EM23 Mar 25, 2013 07:54 AM

                          I love that there is a Grilled Cheese Academy and a Cheese & Burger Society! And the voiceover is a hoot - sounds like Puddy from Seinfeld.

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                            HillJ Mar 25, 2013 08:19 AM

                            You can d/l a free, 24 pg booklet of grilled cheese excellence!!

                            Funny, the voice over announcer I'm hearing is a sultry female.

                            eta: the Cheese & Burger Society voice is the actor who plays Puddy! It's the grilled cheese academy that's a female voice. Ha!

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                              EM23 Mar 25, 2013 08:50 AM

                              Haha - he's no sultry lady.
                              Number 7 burger: The Farmer John – “it’s not for the guy who makes spreadsheets for a living."

                              What an engaging website - educational, fun, content-rich and great food photography. Did you see the collection of chef recipes?

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                                HillJ Mar 25, 2013 08:59 AM

                                Not yet, I'm still working my way through the sections.

                                Yeah, the "teach a woman/man to fish" method of learning something new or something more is a lot of fun. Individual cheese recommendations are awesome once you have a grasp on how the cheese world works. Why not have a ton of fun in the process!

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                        ItalianNana Mar 25, 2013 08:07 AM

                        Here's the link for requesting the free guide.


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                          jlhinwa Mar 25, 2013 02:04 PM

                          Thanks so much for posting the link...I've just ordered mine!

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                          ItalianNana Mar 25, 2013 12:53 PM

                          I mentioned in the comments section when I requested the guide that they had a terrific site and that we were using it as a reference for a fledgling COTM group. I just received a lovely e-mail wishing us luck and offering to send as many guides as we might need. I neglected to mention that we were an online group, but isn't that a nice touch?

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                            HillJ Mar 25, 2013 01:18 PM

                            Thank you for adding the link to that guide directly here in case anyone reading along wants to order it. Might be a tad challenging to mail guides to one online group ;) but I'm delighted the good folks @ Wisconsin Cheese took an interest.

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