La Mariposa’s Chubut
November 5, 2010
Not all cheesemakers are created equal… according to The Lady, Mariano Battro, the Oregon cheesemaker (an Argentine who met his wife while she was an exchange student in South America) is a “real hunk”… The Man just rolled his eyes and wished The Lady “good luck”… These two are starting to sound like an old-married couple… oh that’s right… they are an old-married couple…
Back in the 1800’s some Welsh immigrants headed across the Atlantic and settled into the Patagonia Province of Chubut and began making cheese which they named after their new home. Fast forward in time and Mariano’s father became a cheesemaker in the same area and his son, who followed his love to her home of Oregon, continues that tradition. According to Mariano, the art of making Chubut has died away leaving only his father and himself making this cheese.
For The Lady and your favorite Feline Foodie (that would be me) having Chubut made in the near neighborhood is a good thing… Mariano began making cheese at Fraga Farms before obtaining his own license.
Chubut is a mild and buttery cheese with a tart aftertaste. This is what the Lady likes to call a “Kid-Friendly” cheese; a nice artisan cheese that introduces kids to the finer side of cheese. It has a lovely mellow yellow paste and a softer but firm texture.
I give Chubut 3 Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got). The Lady gives Mariano a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10… but I digress on her behalf…
Serving Suggestions: This would be a plus for any cheese plate and shows off the best of Oregon.
Wine Pairing: Oregon’s Adelsheim 2007 Chardonnay – not too oaky.
Beer Pairing: Oregon’s Fire Mountain Brew House Pale Ale
Awards: No doubt, coming soon…