Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Tuesday, June 28 2016

Agropur 75

By: Allison Spurrell
Just in time for Canada Day

Quebec has a long and formidable history of cheese making that has the rest of the country working full out to catch up.

Despite a long legacy of production and cheese styles, Quebec cheesemakers are not just sitting around idlely watching while the rapidly expanding repertoire of cheeses from the rest of the country takes over the market. They are working away in small and large dairies, developing new cheeses for an ever hungrier Canadian public.

One brand new cheese to emerge in the last few years gives a nod to Canadian cheese history. In 2013, the Canadian cheesemakers Agropur released a new cheese in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Fromagerie Oka. The fromagerie was bought by Agropur in 1981, and they have worked with the original recipes for Oka ever since. Oka is considered the first “fine cheese” made in Canada, and has had nationwide appeal for decades.

The new cheese, Agropur 75, is named in honour of the anniversary. A washed rind cheese typical of the Fromagerie Oka, this thicker wheel has a dense, creamy paste, and a distinctive line of ash running through the centre. The cheese is aged for 110 days, developing concentrated fruity flavours.

Agropur 75 one of three cheeses released for the anniversary, and is now only released three times each year, including Canada Day. The company takes pre-orders from “boutiques” (specialized cheese stores) and then makes only what is ordered. It makes for a special product, because as we all know, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Written By: Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell

Allison Spurrell stocks the larders of the city’s finest restaurants and your fridge alike, through les amis du FROMAGE, cheese shops in the Kitslano and Strathcona neighbourhoods in Vancouver which she runs with Joe Chaput. Their shelves are filled with 400 cheeses, including local, raw milk French, Italian and other specialties. They also sell foie gras, pâtés, crackers, biscuits, varietal olive oils, vinegars and other specialty food items and their kitchen in Strathcona prepares popular frozen taken away meals. Les amis du FROMAGE has received Vancouver Magazine's Restaurant Award as a top food supplier to Vancouver’s best restaurants and hotels. Allison is a proud member of Confrerie les Chevalier du Taste Fromage de France. To buy cheese visit: les amis du FROMAGE in Kitslano - 1752 West 2nd Ave | Tel (604) 732-4218 or Strathcona - 843 East Hastings St | Tel 604-253-4218 | www.buycheese.com.