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Apr 3, 2013 12:10 PM

Notable "cheese routes"

In researching Anton Holzinger I ran across a reference to the Allgäu Cheese Route:

Marin and Sonoma County now have a cheese map with suggested routes, and there's a cheese route in British Columbia as well.

Anyone have any experience with cheese routes, either designed by the dairies or put together on your own?

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  1. There is a munster route in alsace, a gruyere route near Chateau Gruyere, and many in the Auvergne for Cantal and Salers that l recall. also Ossau-Iraty valleys in the Pyrenees have many as well.
    l suspect there are many, many in France, Spain( do remember Manchego), Italy and elsewhere.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      Yum. I just put "Basque cheese route" on my "to do" list!

      Have you personally tried any of these?

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Tried all l listed except the Cantal, not my style of cheese. Munster one was my favorite.

    2. Winding our way through the Alps a few years ago driving from Beaune to my hosts' home in Geneva, it would have been hard to avoid the dairies in the Jura.

      I skipped Laughing Cow's factory, shown here,

      While we were in rush, I did ask to make a stop at one of the ones along our route, Fromagerie de Lajoux. Not that I recognized the name, but it looked quaint and was on our side of the road.

      It's milk truck had just pulled in, transporting the milk collected from cows in the neighborhood. In March, there was still a lot of snow on the ground. As you can see, this is a small scale delivery.

      We bought a hunk of Bleu de Gex here,

      On the wall at the creamery was this poster showing the cheese route of the Haut-Jura. Somewhere at home, I have the brochure with the map.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Thanks, Melanie! I'm definitely going to have to plan a vacation around cheese routes some day.

      2. Here is the Vermont Cheese Map, Unfortunately, I've not had a chance to do it (yet).

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            funny Ruth, you & jpr are on the same cheese-link wavelength!

            1. re: HillJ

              The link jpr provided didn't work for me -- it just took me to the National Geographic site. So I did a search and provided a direct link to the article.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                I see what happened now. jpr placed the NG link in two diff threads and unfortunately in this one didn't include the full link to the cheese route, as you have posted.

            2. re: Ruth Lafler

              The linked article must be a few years old. The Vt Craft Center at Frog Hollow in Middlebury has been closed for awhile. (There evidently is one in Burlington now.)

              1. re: masha

                yeah, that link to Frog Hollow takes you to a travel site.

                  1. re: jpr54_1

                    of course, don't we all!! I'm following your lead and looking at the links. If they don't lead anywhere, nothing to be done but mention it.

                    Keep em coming!

                    I'm still looking for a (work related) reason to take this cheese cruise!

            1. North Holland of course.

              Edam and Gouda and butterkaase.