Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, August 20 2020

Rutland Red

By: Allison Spurrell
Meet the picnic ready Rutland Red from the UK

Try this cheese from Leicestershire at your next picnic.

Cheese Name: Rutland Red

Origin: Leicestershire, UK

Milk Type: Pasteurized cow’s milk

Style: Rutland Red

Description: Rutland Red is a traditional clothbound version of Red Leicester (pronounced “Lester”). The wheels are wrapped in cloth and covered in butter and left to age for at least 6 months. The wrapping keeps the cheese protected but still able to breathe and mature appropriately. When the cheese is unwrapped, there is a fine, very thin rind underneath and the paste of the cheese is slightly crumbly and brittle. The more natural look of the cheese compared to an industrial Red Leicester is substantial. Industrial versions tend to be bland and a little gummy, whereas the Rutland Red has a great mouthfeel and a nice bite.

Tasting Notes: While not as aged as a traditional cheddar, Rutland Red still has a decent amount of sharpness. The cheese has a distinct caramel flavour from the sweetness of the milk, and then a nice bite to finish.

Pairing: This seems like the perfect cheese for a Plowman’s Lunch or just a plain old picnic.  It stands up well to seedy mustard, pickled onions, or a sweet summer pickle. 

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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.