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DEAD! The venerable Winchester Cheese Company is no more.


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DEAD! The venerable Winchester Cheese Company is no more.

Mr Taster | Oct 3, 2012 02:19 PM

Apparently the old Dutch man who started this traditional raw milk Dutch cheese company out in the wilds of the Inland Empire (in Winchester, near Hemet) passed away, and the kids have no interest in carrying on the tradition.

Their cheese was wonderful-- it tasted just like the cheese you could get from good cheese shops in Holland. Their young raw milk Dutch cheese with cumin-- I could go through blocks of the stuff. Their "old cheese" rivaled a great parmesan in complexity. I originally learned about them in the late 90s through the little Burbank Sunday farmers market, and years later I would occasionally see them at the big Hollywood farmers market on Ivar. For a while back in the early aughts, I remember even seeing their cheese on the shelves of Trader Joe's. Sadly, TJ's supply line was too long, and I remember on several occasions buying moldy cheese. It's a shame-- if this had been a successful partnership, maybe the kids would have seen fit to keep their father's legacy going.

A moment of silence out of respect for the deceased (and his deceased cheese), and for our collective loss.


Thank you.

Mr Taster

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