Moonlight Chaource is a slightly aged, bloomy rind cheese made from freshest farmstead cow's milk. It is made by Rory Chase and Peter Destler who own and run the Amazing Real Live Food Company in the town of Pine Plains in the Hudson Valley of New York State.
The cheese is aged for 4 to 6 weeks during which the soft bloomy white rind conceals the ash coating beneath. When young, the ripening from the outside creates a firm chevre style centre but sweetens and becomes even more delicate with age. Moonlight is close to double cream cheese with its rich and savoury flavours and a slightly tart centre. The ash rind beneath the bloomy rind has the qualities of a St. Maure cheese.
Accompany this cheese with a crisp white wines or Chardonnays, dark berries and honey.
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