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Winter cheese, Spring cheese. Do "seasons" matter? How do you know when a cheese is great?

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Winter cheese, Spring cheese. Do "seasons" matter? How do you know when a cheese is great?

Mar a | Jan 4, 2003 08:38 PM

I'm relatively new to cheese mania, and kind of obsessed with finding good artisanal, farmhouse cheeses.
Usually I go to the store, try some, and get a kind I never got before.
I am generally quite happy with that, but I am still very mystified by some of the things I've read or heard about cheese.
My biggest puzzle is about the "seasons" stuff. How important is it to know if a cheese is in the "right" season? How do you find out, other than taking a university course, or do you just have to trust the cheese seller?
How long does it take to learn when a cheese is really ripe or not?

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