This time last year, while traveling through the Pyrenees mountains, Valerie, Ihsan and I stopped for a few days to pay a visit to the small farm that produces one of our favorite products: Piment d’Espelette. Piment d’Espelette A.O.C. (translation: peppers from Espelette) are bright red peppers grown in the town of Espelette and 9 surrounding communes.
Stilton is one of the most well-known blue cheeses in the world — up there with Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Cabrales. According to current regulations, for a cheese to be called Stilton, it must (among other criteria) be made from pasteurized milk. Stichelton is made with raw, organic milk.
One of the questions that we often field on the cheese counter is what the term AOC actually tells us about a given cheese.