Friday, 4 December 2009

Day four.....

The War of Vacherin Mont d'Or

Many cheeses have the audacity to call themselves king of the cheeses, such cocky wee upstarts include stilton, a duke at best and brie de meaux, a whiff of a queen, but only the Vacherin can call itself the emperor of cheese.

Banned in the US, riling the ever neutral Swiss and only available for a few months a year. Made on the Jura mountains separating le French from their Swiss buddies, both countries happily made Vacherin Mont d'Or until 1973. Then the clinical Swiss when behind un French backs and arranged an AOC having legal rights to call it Vacherin Mont d'Or. The French continued to make the cheese changing the name to Vacherin du Haut-Doubs, using unpasturiesd milk, Hence the Banned in the USA.

But then the clinicalness of the Swiss faultered, they began to used pasturised milk to exploit US markets, however an unfortune outbreak of listeria resulted in the Swiss Mont d'Or also being banned, aswell as affecting the sales of the French Vacherin.

All the conflict and look at these simple people, this is part of the festival to celebrate the new Mont d'Or season. Lovely stuff. But what is better? Vacherin Mont d'Or or Vacherin Haut-Doubs. Only one way to find out. F...................

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