What is there not to love when two of your favorite things, wine and cheese, are combined into one delicious bite? Drunken Goat cheese (Murcia Al Vino) is a crowd-friendly, always popular, goat cheese from Spain. The purple rind comes from bathing in red wine, which also gives the cheese a slightly fruity flavor. The flavor is also sharp and tangy, but in a very mellow, "I want everyone to like me" sort of way.
Drunken Goat is made from the pasteurized milk of local Murciana goats in the town of Jumilla in Murcia, Spain. Drunken Goat wheels are soaked for two to three days in "doble pasta," or "double paste" wine, thus the "vino" portion of its name. Doble Pasta wine is a richer, more heavy wine, due in part to the fact that it's made by fermenting the wine twice. The cheese is then aged for two and a half months and retains a really pleasant semi-soft texture, and a lingering creaminess.
Should you eat the rind on Drunken Goat? Whether or not you eat any cheese rind is up to you, but the rind on Drunken Goat is edible and usually has a very mild flavor and soft, thin texture.
Serving Drunken Goat
Drunken Goat is perfect for any party, or for your own private afternoon snack. It's fun to serve Drunken Goat with other Spanish accoutrements like Spanish chorizo, Marcona almonds and olives.
Cooking with Drunken Goat Cheese
Drunken Goat cheese melts well and can also be used in recipes.
Add it to hot or cold sandwiches, pizza or salad.
What should you drink with Drunken Goat? Red wine, of course! Fruity, red wine (especially those from Spain) pair well with Drunken Goat.
But I Don't Like Goat Cheese
Goat cheese can be a love it or hate thing. Some find the tangy, acidic flavor of goat cheese to be unappealing.
Others love it. But all goat cheese is not the same.
If you don't care for fresh goat cheese, give aged goat cheese a try. Even those aged only a few months (like Drunken Goat) lose the acidic bite that people associate with goat cheese. Next time you're in a cheese shop, ask for Midnight Moon (made in the style of gouda), Chevre Noir (goat cheddar), or Garrotxa (sweet and nutty).
Other Types of Spanish Cheese
Drunken Goat cheese is a very popular Spanish cheese in the U.S, right up there with another crowd-pleasing favorite from Spain, Manchego. But these two cheeses are far from the only Spanish cheese worth checking out.
Next time you're at the cheese shop, ask about Garrotxa, Ibores, Majorero, Idiazabel, Tetilla and Mahon. All of these Spanish cheeses have unique flavors and textures that are worth seeking out. All are fairly easy to find in cheese shops in the United States.