Gordon Edgar's 2011 Finds: New Cheeses to Discover

SFoodie is calling up food types around the city to ask them about

their favorite discovery of the past year, whether it's new or ancient,

an ingredient or a person. We'll be running their responses through the end of the year.

By this point in his career, Gordon Edgar, head cheese-buyer at Rainbow Grocery and author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge, knows a good cheese when he sees one. “The most exciting thing I found this year,” he says, “was Avalanche Cheese Company in Paonia, Colo., which I'd never heard of before 2011.”

“They make goat cheeses exclusively,” he continues, “and two of their cheeses are the best versions of those types of cheeses that I've tried. One is a traditional, bandaged-wrapped goat cheddar, which not many people have attempted to make. Their version has big flavor, sharp like you'd expect, then really grassy, earthy, and complex. On the other end of the spectrum is their Lamborn Bloomers, an Italian robiola-like cheese normally made with cow's milk. Avalanche's is incredibly oozy — especially for a goat cheese — and buttery. “

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