Re: Celebrity Goat Cheese with Cinnamon and Cranberries
I bought this cheese at Costco before the holidays. I've been eating goat cheese for more years than I'm going to admit to, I have to tell you this is the best I've ever had. I still had a bit left (because I didn't share it like I should have) and so I'm enjoying it tonight. It really seems to last longer than a lot of the other ones I've had through the decades.
Keep up the good work!
Good day to you all,
Where can I get your savoury Cranberry and Cinnamon in Quebec City? Costco had it on their shelves for a few months but it seems they wont sell it anymore. I fell in love with it and I want more.
Please convey my thanks to misses Goat who makes my day, every day.
This past August in Madison, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Tania Toscana, an aged sheep milk cheese from Ontario, Canada's Mariposa Dairy. It was love at first bite.
In 1989, Bruce and Sharon Vandeberg, longing to work at home, left the "faster" lane to buy a dairy and make cheese. A gutsy move — however, Bruce had an Ag degree and Sharon's degree was in food service, giving them the educational background to raise the odds of success. And success continues to come their way with Tania Toscana, which they began making in 2011.
Bruce and Sharon chose goats and sheep to raise and milk; staying away from cow's milk because of allergy concerns and lactose intolerance issues. The majority of their cheese is chevre sold under their "Celebrity" banner.
Under their "Lenberg Farms Classic Reserve" banner they produce 3 cheeses: two aged goat cheddars and Tania Toscana, an added sheep milk cheese, under the watchful eyes of Cheesemakers Shane Cicchine and Pieter vanOudenaren. Tania Toscana is made with pasteurized premium sheep milk, from 3 local farms. The milk is coagulated with a microbial rennet, making it suitable for vegetarians. The curds are pressed and bandage-wrapped and aged a minimum of 6 months on pine slabs. Shane and Pieter watch the cheese, washing and turning it regularly to ensure its quality and taste.
At 6 months, the cheese has developed mild, sweet, and nutty flavor notes. As it ages, it develops caramel flavors and a richer cognac color. The piece I tasted was more than 6 months old and had developed the sweet, lingering caramel note, making it hard to not eat the entire wedge without sharing it with my husband.
I'm not the only one who has noticed this cheese. At the ACS Judging & Competition in Madison, Tania Toscana won 1st Place in its category, and last month it won a Super Gold at the 2013 World Cheese Awards — one of less than 60 cheeses in the world to receive this distinction.
You can read more about Tania Toscana and Mariposa Dairy by visiting their website.
And please visit my website for reviews of hundreds of cheeses and interviews with cheesemakers, cheesemongers, and more. You can find my website at marcellathecheesemonger.com.
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WOW! Celebrity's Apple and Cinnamon Goat Cheese is amazing. Here's hoping this is not a seasonal item. I had planned on purchasing Celebrity's Cranberry Goat Cheese as it pairs well with dark greens and toasted nuts, however, noticed the apple and cinnamon for the first time and thought it might work. It never did make it to a salad. I did manage to save enough to present as a Thanksgiving pre-dinner appetizer. Everyone agreed it was delicious! This product may have been on the shelves for some time ... sadly not in our neighbourhood, but having introduced it this past weekend, I can attest I won't be the only one on the lookout for this treat! Thanks for yet another wonderful product.
SUBJECT: Lenberg Tania
Just want to congratulate you on one fabulous cheese. I just purchased some Tania and I am spreading the word in Toronto.
Can't wait to try some of your other products.
I recently tried (and fell in love with) your Lindsay Bandaged Goat's Milk Cheddar. Where downtown can I get your product?
To the grocery (IGA in Gatineau, Quebec) today I tasted your goat cheese Chipotle with Dates, and that was delicious! Bought it and add it at home with dates, and also with only on a piece of country style bread: also a great taste!
Thanks for this great product!
Holy Cow (or should I say Holy Goat)!!!
We just found your Apple Cinnamon goat cheese at Costco in Sun Prairie, WI and it knocked our socks off.
Thanks for bringing such a superior product to the table.
P.S. We've had your plain many a time and love it as well. But the flavored is an outstanding new treat!
Simply dropping a quick note to thank you for your wonderful cheese. I am simply in love with your Merlot Bella Vitano cheese. I purchase mine from Paris, Ontario but I do hope you sell in Quebec too because all my friends and relatives are looking for it ...:)
If the goal was to get people exited about cheese, Oh my Gosh! It worked!
Please pass on this note to everyone who are part of this gem and YES! I think you have the best cheese in the world.