The perfectly balanced blue.
The AOC of Bleu D'Auvergne encompasses the entire region of Auvergne, and is one of the most popular and widely eaten blues of the region. Legend has it that the recipe originated from an Auvergne farmer who noticed mold growing on his rye bread, and decided to sprinkle it into his curd while making cheese.
If you have a friend who’s wary about trying blue cheese for the first time, introduce their palate to the delightful Bleu D’Auvergne. It has a firm yet moist texture, shot through with beautiful blue-green veins against the ivory interior. The cheese is creamy and buttery on the palate, with full, but not overpowering flavour, and notes of spice, pepper, and salt. It’s a great eating cheese, but its texture and medium strength also make it ideal for many recipes, such as a creamy pasta sauce with lemon and garlic. Try with a tawny port, ice wine, American zinfandel, or big, fruity Australian shiraz.
ABOUT BENTON BROTHERS FINE CHEESE
Engineer brothers turned cheesemongers, specializing in Artisan Cheese!
As the name suggests, this company is owned and operated by two brothers, Jonah and Andrew Benton. Both brothers studied engineering before falling in love with the cheese business. After Andrew graduated, he was looking for a job in his new field and his Dad suggested looking for another job in the meantime. Andrew ended up taking a position at a cheese shop (which his Dad approved of, thinking of the possibility of cheese discounts). As Andrew’s passion for cheese grew, he shared it with his brother, Jonah, who had been working as an Engineer for a couple years, and the rest is history.
After about a decade working in the cheese industry in Alberta and Ontario they relocated to Vancouver and started Benton Brothers Fine Cheese in 2007. They sell the highest quality artisan cheese from Canada and around the world. You will find these cheeses are often more complex in flavour as they are made by skilled cheesemakers with age-old recipes and without machinery. With the Brothers’ passion for all things food, wine, and cheese, it’s no wonder Benton Brothers is a mainstay of the Granville Island community.