Gres des Vosges at my Costco

125 gram box of gres des vosges cheese on black background

You normally don’t find 125 gram packages of any food item at Costco.  Well, maybe caviar.

I was very happy to come across this wonderful little fern frond-topped cheese — essentially a pasteurized milk version of Alsatian Munster — at the Richmond (CA) branch.

The real deal — meaning raw milk Alsatian Munster — is illegal to import/sell in the US unless it has been aged 60 days or more, in which case it would be dead.

This is a soft cow’s milk cheese with a washed rind.  Earthy, yeasty, pungent and a little fruity, it’s quite funky when very ripe, which I always appreciate.  Life’s a bore without a little stank, and I felt the presence of this baby in the cheese case even though it was situated next to some overripe teleme that had all but run out of its package.

Have it with some bread, fruit and a spicy white or dessert wine.

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