Wrapped in chestnut leaves with an aroma that's salty and sweet; Valdeon is a beautiful blue cheese that has become one of our customers' favorites. It slices well, but is a bit crumbly and the chestnut leaves are more for decoration than anything, but they certainly add to the aroma and visual appeal.
The flavor is earthy and mild with a distinct blue flavor without being metallic on the finish. It's a medium blue - great for sauces and salads.
Cheese Handling Procedures
Blues like to be kept moist and Valdeon is no exception. It will "weep" a bit and become moist - cover it with a napkin if it gets too soggy, then wrap it in foil, and then in plastic wrap. The goal here is to manage the moist part without drying it out completely. Leave the chestnut leaves on if you use it as a table cheese, peel the leaves off the cheese before using it in other dishes.
Wine and food pairing suggestions
Because blue cheeses tend to be robust, they pair well with other robust, full flavored foods and bold red, spicy, and tannic wines. Plus, they are great on steaks and other full flavored meats. Crumble a bit on top of a steak for the last minute or so after BBQ or broiling, or dot the classic garlic bread with a bit of blue for added "BAM". On salads? Of course! Or make a snazzy fondue by adding a quarter cup of Valdeon to a cup of grated Gruyere dusted with flour, topped with a splash (1/4 cup or so) of good white wine. Old bread does well, rye and seeded bread especially. Add more Valdeon to suit your taste.
About the Cheesemonger
The cheesemonger has two locations: The Grapevine Wine & Cheese Shop located in downtown Willow Glen, CA and Good Tastes Wine, Cheese & Tasting Bar located in downtown Campbell, CA. Selecting cheese at these shops could not be easier or more fun. They have a wide selection of high quality cheese from throughout the world with new shipments frequently arriving. All cheese can be tasted prior to purchase and is cut to order. And if you are not sure what you want, their knowledgeable staff will gladly help you pick out the perfect cheese. Stop by and check out this month's featured cheese or join their bi-monthly Cheese club and be surprised by the outstanding cheeses provided to you! Copyright 2007, Willow Glen Wine Merchants, Inc. Permission is required for any reproduction.