Written By Gary Hynes Edibles / Food News / Spoiled Milk Feb 16, 2017 Alexis de Portneuf Develops New Packaging & Tasting Notes SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestFrom time to time we receive product samples at the EAT office. Most of time we don’t write about them unless it’s something readers would be interested in and worth letting you know about.This week a large, insulated box arrived at the door by courier. Inside was a selection of cheeses from the Quebec-based cheese maker Alexis de Portneuf. We sat down, opened a box of crackers, cracked a few beers and tasted the cheeses.Alexis de Portneuf traces it roots back to 1842 when Alexis Cayer and his wife, Jane Skinner settled in the village of Saint Raymond-de-Portneuf. Over time the family became cheese makers. The cheeses are all hand-crafted in Saint Raymond.A press release was included with the cheeses that directed us to their website. Their portfolio includes 46 different cheeses ranging from brie and camembert to goat cheeses to firm cheeses – many of which are available in BC.The company has gone out of its way to make choosing a cheese that you will like easy. First the packaging is designed to tell you clearly what to expect from the cheese inside. It breaks it down by describing a cheese by intensity (mild, medium, strong), texture (rich, firm, creamy) and flavour (rustic, robust zesty). There is also a section on the website that suggests recipes that pair a specific cheese to the recipe. i.e. Zucchini Rice with Lady Laurier (a mild, tripe creme brie that’s rich and creamy).Here’s a selection of Alexis de Portneuf cheeses available in BC through Save On Food, Whole Foods, IGA, & Sobey’s.Lady Laurier Mild, creamy & subtle. Soft-surfaced ripened cheese with vanillaCendré de Lune Mild & rich. Soft-surfaced ripened cheese covered in an ash coating. Aroma of mushrooms with buttery flavour. La Sauvagine Medium intensity and smooth. Cow’s milk. Rustic fresh butter taste with a hint of mushrooms. Winner at the Quebec Sélection Caseus competitionSir Laurier Creamy, smooth & rustic with a medium intensity. Full and clean. Soft ripened washed rind cheeseCONTEST ALERTTo introduce the new taste guides, Alexis de Portneuf is inviting all cheese lovers to visit contest.alexisdeportneuf.com and participate to a unique contest (starting February 12). By answering just a few simple questions they can discover their personal taste profile and get a chance to win one of 5 valuable travel certificates. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Gary Hynes Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ... Read More You may also like Get Fresh / One ingredient May 18, 2017 Fiddleheads: Take a walk on the wild side GET FRESH With a particularly long and chilly winter behind us, and snow shovels safely stowed away, you might say we are starving for glimpses of ... Read More Good For You May 2, 2017 Grocery Finds Giveaway – Enter the Draw to Win Greetings my fellow wholesome food lovers. Welcome to another edition of Good-For-You Grocery Finds! I hope you had a wonderful, chocolate-filled ... Read More Get Fresh / One ingredient March 21, 2017 Brassica Greens “Get Fresh” Produce shopping is evolving into an art form, or perhaps more of a sport. The demands made of local markets are known to be ... Read More Good For You / Health / Victoria February 21, 2017 Grocery Finds Giveaway – Tahini, Bean Flakes, Beet Bars & Turkish Apricots Hello my friends. Here we are knee deep in February with the anticipation of an approaching Spring bringing its annual soothing consolation. I hope ... Read More Good For You / Victoria January 17, 2017 No Fuss Comfort Foods – CONTEST ALERT Happy January my fellow nutritious nibblers! I am back, as promised, with another edition of Good For You Grocery Finds. This “post-holiday” ... Read More 2017 Issues / Get Fresh / Victoria January 3, 2017 The Mighty Green: Year-round microgreens make any meal healthier. “GET FRESH” My recent visit to a master microgreens grower in North Saanich, where you are literally surrounded in new life, will give ... Read More Comments are closed.