One Last Holiday Gift, From Us to You {Giveaway!}

by dccheese on December 29, 2011

in cheese for holidays,Editor's Note

We hope you had a very merry Cheesemas, happy Hanukkurd &/or just a cheese-filled winter solstice! I did in fact find cheese under the Christmas tree — a slice of truffled cheese my sister-in-law brought with her from New York. And there was cheese savored on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, too. And as we take a little breather between Christmas and New Years, we’d like to offer our own gift to one lucky reader.

autographed copy of Culture Rush Creek issue

Our gift to you. Cheese and Champagne marked our third blogiversary in November, and we wanted to celebrate with something truly special. If you haven’t yet seen it, the winter issue of Culture features our cheese-of-the-moment Rush Creek in a photo that has us envisioning wearing the cheese, a la Nigella‘s salted caramel fetish shot. (I kid, we wouldn’t waste good cheese like that!) Seriously, I pick up the magazine once a day to admire the cover art. We suspect there are a few of you fellow cheese geeks out there who similarly find yourself giddy over each issue’s centerfold cheese. Thanks to our friends at Culture, we’re thrilled to have a copy autographed by the photographer, Culture’s editor and publisher, and cheesemaker Andy Hatch. This one-of-a-kind collector’s item is the perfect treat for yourself to enjoy long after this year’s batch of Rush Creek has been devoured.

autographed copy Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin

And, our prize pack has two more items: An autographed copy of the also-full-of-eye-candy The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin, a book by friends-of-the-blog James Norton and Becca Dilley. (Just look at that sleek copper vat — and Bruce Workman, Edelweiss Creamery, on the cover.) PLUS a trio of mini preserves from Wisconsin’s Quince & Apple. After you’ve read up on Wisconsin’s finest cheeses in the magazine and book, you’ll be ready to craft the perfect pairings with these little gems.

To enter, simply leave a comment below sharing one cheese you’ve enjoyed this holiday season. Comment before 11:59pm EST, Jan. 2 Jan. 3, when we’ll pick the lucky recipient. Anyone can comment, but you must live in the continental US to win.

And don’t forget — there are just two days left to enter the Cheese and Champagne 2011 Cheese Ball Invitational. Post, link &/or email your best cheeseball recipe to us by December 31 for fame and glory. We’ll feature our favorite entries next week.


Devora December 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I have to say, my favorites have been the Fiscalini Cheddar, Vella Dry Jack and Mount Townsend’s Seastack. Yum!

s. December 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Harbison was my new love… but, Winnimere just came in today, so alliance may have shifted. AND there’s the Rush Creek in the fridge that hasn’t even been touched yet. Apparently, 2011 was the year of the smoky, unctuous cheese.

Crystal December 30, 2011 at 12:16 am

Tumbleweed. Love the slightly smokey rind that sometimes tastes of bacon, and a flavor to match the best of cheddars. Also got introduced to Ewephoria. Love it based on the name alone, but of course, it offers more than that!

Alyssa December 31, 2011 at 12:11 am

Because I am a fellow lover of cheese-porn and have had my eye on the “Master Cheesemakers…” book for a while, I just can’t pass up the chance to win such prizes. I wish I could come up with something clever or outrageous as my favorite cheese of the holiday season, but the reality is that Rush Creek Reserve is my answer. As unique and special as this cheese is, it almost seems cliche with all of the beautiful attention you’ve given it here on your blog. Since my first sampling last year at its debut release, I have been hooked and eagerly awaited the news of its release again this fall. For me it isn’t a cheese that I just buy to leave in my fridge to nibble one from time to time. I only buy it when I have an event to share it with friends. This makes eating this wonderful cheese even more special for me. I have to hold back every time I see it in the store and then when I finally have an excuse to buy a wheel I am filled with a childlike delight at the anticipated treat! Almost as much fun as eating the cheese is sharing it with friends who are sampling it for the first time. Being able to tell the engaging story of the Gingrich’s and Andy Hatch brings the cheese to life in a way that few other foods have the privilege. There are so many reasons to love this cheese…it’s complex and unique flavor is just the beginning.

Liz Vaisben December 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I recently discovered quark cheese and LOVED IT! It is super creamy and delicious in garlic flavor! I wish I could find it at more places than the Farmer’s Market in Sacramento, CA!

Erica Benson December 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm

This holiday I had a wonderful cheese fondue which consisted of a mix of cheeses including swiss, parmesan, cheddar and a dry white wine. Delicious! I also had some incredibly goat cheese on pizza, is there anything better than goat cheese? I would love to find out!

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