OCTA guest blogger Vanessa Simmons returns this week for another edition of “Curd on the Street”.
This week, Vanessa profilesA�Upper Canada Cheese Company and their award winning “Niagara Gold” cheese.
This week�s fun cheese pick is Niagara Gold, a semi-firm, washed-rind cow�s milk cheese from Upper Canada Cheese Company, in Jordan Station, Niagara � producers who are dedicated to making high quality, handcrafted artisan cheeses. You�ll notice the beautiful, golden yellow slightly open paste (inside of the cheese showing small holes) & darker apricot/peach coloured rind. Niagara Gold is so distinct that it�s reminiscent of a solid bar of 24K gold.
This beauty has a tinge of sweetness & tastes rich, buttery, creamy & slightly nutty, due to the Guernsey cow�s milk used to make it. Guernsey cows yield richer milk, higher in butterfat and protein, than other breeds and there are less than a dozen herds in Canada. While made in Ontario � Niagara Gold can be enjoyed here in the Nation�s Capital, from coast to coast in Canada and has been requested from as far away as Shanghai. Claim to fame? Prince Charles enjoyed Niagara Gold on his last visit to Niagara.
Cheese: Niagara Gold
Producer: Upper Canada Cheese Company
Interesting Fact: Guernsey cow milk is high in beta carotene, producing the extra burst of golden colour lending Niagara Gold its name.
Enjoy! – Vanessa Simmons
Vanessa Simmons is Savvy Company�s Cheese Sommelier - A�and she knows her cheese! She has trained with the Cheese Education Guild in Toronto � Canada�s only comprehensive cheese appreciation program & spends countless hours with local cheesemongers and cheesemakers. Her passion for cheeses oozes while her knowledge will melt away all notions that Canada only makes cheddar. A�Read more of Vanessa`s Curd on the Street blog or join her for an artisan cheese tasting event.