La Peral is a blue cheese made from pasteurized cow's milk by cheesemakers Esther Alvarez and her husband Jose Luis Lopez in a distant area of Asturias in northern Spain. It is named after a local village.
The cheese is matured for 2-4 months in natural stone cellars beneath the daily. The cheese has a delicate natural rind with a soft paste and light blue veins. When young, La Peral is firm, moist with a somewhat granular texture. With age, the paste becomes soft and slightly weepy as it loses its moisture. Flavours are wonderfully delicate in its initial ripening days. It acquires a full, slightly spicy flavour as the days advance.
La Peral pairs well with a good Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Spanish dessert wines.