Don’t you just love the name of this Spanish cheese?
Looking at the photo you might think this falls into the category of a washed rind cheese, and no doubt the name gives the first clue as to what the rind might be washed in — alcohol, of course — in this case, red wine. Technically though, it’s not a washed rind. Rather, the small cheeses are soaked in red wine for 2-3 days, resulting in a thin, edible purple rind.
Oddly enough, the cheese has no real hint of wine flavor, despite being soaked for so long. Primarily, the flavor is of mild goat’s milk. This is a very approachable, every day, good goat’s cheese that is semi-firm, yet pliable. The paste is almost white and the flavor is mild, a little sweet and herbaceous (first time I’ve used that word).
If I were going to introduce someone to goat cheese, this would definitely be on the list.
Pasteurized goats milk
Rind washed in red wine