WE REVEL IN THE BEAUTY OF NATURE WITH OUR GOURMET BOX BY DRINK MOI

April 2022 Edition: The Earth Day Gourmet Box

Order by March 31

Exclusive to Gourmet Box lovers,

we invite you to a virtual tasting event with Marc Checkley! More details in the box.

Hello Wine and Cheese Lovers!

As the great physicist Albert Einstein once said: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Wise words we should all remember every day we gaze upon the majesty that is Nature.

In recognition of the bounty Earth provides us and in the spirit of Earth Day on April 22, we present our gorgeous and natural artisanal Gourmet Box. This selection of cheeses, wine, and our special condiment, truly goes to the heart of our planet’s raw beauty. An amalgamation of our history, crafting a variety of foods and tastes from this distinct, rare and precious relationship. We’ve worked hard to find and pair products that are unique, hand-made, organic, and local. Limiting our carbon footprint, but maximising the experience. Because gourmet adventures shouldn’t cost the Earth.

Let’s get au naturel. Revel in our exquisite selection of uncompromising quality, referenced from Nature’s own recipe book.

Raw beauty, bottled

Markus Ruch is one of Switzerland’s premier natural winemakers. An artisan and trailblazer of his generation. Since 2007 he has quietly been garnering an international reputation for unique and elegant wines with little intervention. His Pinot Noirs are served at NOMA! For the Earth Day box, we are fortunate to have secured a small allocation of his much lauded Gemischter Satz. A blend of three classic white grapes harvested from different parcels from the Klettgau region in the canton of Schaffhausen. The wine is processed in spontaneous fermentation, the grapes are macerated on the skins for just a few days before pressing and then vinified in stainless steel tanks. It is then finished in old oak barrels to bring out elegance and complexity. It is presented unfiltered, without additional SO2 added. It has a bright and brilliant presence, and complexity beyond its years. A true testament to the art of winemaking and a natural accompaniment to our cheese selection.

Here’s a yummy vegetarian pairing recipe to go alongside :
Alsatian Style Cheese and Onion Pie

Santé, Marc Checkley

Drink Moi

Klettgau Gemischter Satz 2020 (Bio)

By Markus Ruch, Schaffhausen

Grape:  Sauvignon, Muller-Thurgau and Riesling

Wine Style:  A fresh and vibrant dry wine. Bright acidity, balanced with a finish in old French Oak, providing a long, smooth finish. Unfiltered, some sediment may be present.

Characteristics:  Lush and mouth-filling with notes of tropical fruit: pineapple, banana, followed by secondary aromas of apple pie, baking spices, and mountain flowers. It has a generous approach and is built for gourmands. It has a long length powered by the natural acidity of these three classic grape varieties.

Serving recommendation:  Not too cold, 10-12 degrees Celsius. Natural wines should be allowed to settle a little before opening.

Interesting fact:  Organic and Biodynamic wines are not one-in-the-same and come with their own set of rules. In essence, Organic is about what is used in the winemaking – everything must be certified organic no matter where it comes from. Whereas Biodynamic is a style, “a way of life” in winemaking. Switzerland is home to some of the highest number of certified biodynamic wine producers per-capita in the world. The season and harvest run on the lunar calendar and all ingredients, such as the grapes and the yeast, must be sourced locally. Both methods eschew chemical fertilizers and pesticides in favour of a more holistic approach that emphasizes soil health.

 

Santé, Marc Checkley

Drink Moi

Nature’s platter, an enchanting gift

Our Earth Day box took a long time to plan as we really wanted to meet our own criteria for quality but also be confident that the box was truly something representative of Earth Day in April. The three cheeses, like the wine, are Biodynamic certified and use sustainable practices. As always, we want to profile not only the regions of cheesemaking in Switzerland but also the diverse flavours and styles – from cow to sheep and buffalo! This selection will wow the senses and warm your heart, from the Earth, for the Earth. Check out our exclusively natural gourmet selection:

Creamy Elegance at Altitude

Schaf Chäsli (Bio)
This ultra-creamy cheese produced by Käserei Stofel in the canton of St-Gallen has a white, bloomy rind and is made with organic sheep’s milk sourced from the local pastures of the Toggenburg region. The dairy is nestled between the Churfirsten and Alpstein mountain ranges near the river Thur at 900 meters above sea-level, which offers a unique terroir for the milk produced here.  The cheese is aged for 2 to 4 weeks, giving an aromatic quality, that enhances its mild yet creamy taste.

Rare and Special

Mythen Büffel (Bio)
Küssnachter Dorfkäserei from canton Schwyz produces Mythen Büffel from fresh organic water buffalo milk sourced from a local farm.  It is exciting to find buffalo milk cheeses in Switzerland because there are only a few farms here that raise such cattle, so the milk is rare and special. Oftentimes the buffalo milk is used to make mozzarella, but this cheese is semi-hard with added fresh cream, which gives it a delectable twist.  It is rich and buttery, while balanced with a slight tanginess that leaves you wanting more!

You will notice the color of the cheese is pure white.  This is because buffalo milk has a higher amount of Vitamin A, compared to cow’s milk, which has more yellow tones.  Buffalo milk is also higher in calcium and protein than cow’s milk.

The Notes of Nature

Toggenburger Blumenkäse Bio
Also produced by Käserei Stofel in canton St-Gallen, this cheese is made with local raw cow’s milk from the Toggenburg region and is aged for 3 to 9 months.  The cheese is rubbed with Toggenburg hay flowers.  It has natural flavors of hay mingling with floral notes. It finishes with a little tanginess on the back of the palate.  We love how our wine selection gives the cheese a caramel sweetness that is delightfully unexpected!

Once is not enough

Chutney de Prunes from Primrose Secret Garden (bio)
This moreish chutney is made by Primrose Secret Garden, a bio-certified urban farm in Neuchâtel city center. Made with only the freshest garden fruits and vegetables. A surprise of cranberries brightens the rich flavors of the plums while cumin and mustard add a warm lick of spice.  Delicious with cheese, patés, and Swedish meat (or veggie) balls!

Here’s to Gourmet & Earth Day!!

A collaboration between Marc Checkley – “Drink Moi”, wine-inspired events and education

& The Cheese Ladies – L’Atelier du Fromage

Discover the Gourmet Box By Drink Moi – The Earth Day edition!

Available To Order Until 31 March.

Delivered on Wednesday, 13 April.

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