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What it's like trying goat cheese on tour

Apr 30, 2015 by Jamie Burke

From mozzarella and feta to gouda, Brie and swiss, cheese has always been one of my favorite foods. Strangely enough, in all my years of eating cheese, I haven’t tried very many made from goat’s milk. So today’s tasting was something I’d been looking forward to since the beginning of the tour.

Landscape at goat cheese farm in the Dordogne Valley, France

After a scenic drive through even more stunning countryside, we arrived at La Ferme des Monteyx, a small hillside farm nestled in the heart of the Dordogne Valley. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a few of the more inquisitive members of the resident herd of alpacas who followed us as we walked down the drive to the farm house. We also had a chance to meet the goats before settling into our tasting—they were quite the characters!

Goats at farm in Dordogne Valley

Known for its signature tartness, goat cheese, or chèvre, is best enjoyed with fruity white wines. I opted to eat mine paired with a rosé instead, which I thought tasted great. The varieties that we tried today were soft and served to us at room temperature, a practice typical of the region. The more creamy of these we ate with thin slices of baguette. A few had rinds which were reminiscent of Brie, and these we ate using toothpicks. Others had a type of jam or preserves on top, which was a nice complement to the distinct flavor of the cheese.

Goat cheese tasting in Dordogne Valley, France

To me though, the most important detail was that they were all delicious!

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About the author | Jamie Burke
Always on the lookout for the next best meal ever, Jamie loves exploring the world—and all the great food in it. When she's not working to inspire new travelers, you'll find her biking around Boston, eating at her favorite sushi place, or hanging out at home with her family (and cat).

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