The RIVIÈRE ROUGE took home the silver medal for new firm or semi-soft cheese at the 2010 World Cheese Awards, and also second place among interior-ripened cheeses at the 2010 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
This semi-soft cheese is made from pasteurized milk and aged for eight months. The wheel is covered in red wax, and the cheese transforms from an ivory colour to golden yellow during the aging process. It has a buttery, somewhat roasted, slightly bitter taste and a creamy, semi-soft texture when eaten.
Why the name RIVIÈRE ROUGE? In 1869, just a few years after Canadian confederation (1867), Canada bought Rupert’s Land from the Hudson’s Bay Company. It appointed a governor and began a land survey in order to divide the territory into townships. The Métis, who had no titles to the land they had occupied for generations, were not amused by the intrusion. As a result, Louis Riel and his troops took Fort Garry (Winnipeg) and declared a provisional government. It was the historic Red River Rebellion that inspired the Fromagerie OKA cheese makers to name their cheese RIVIÈRE ROUGE.
The RIVIÈRE ROUGE is available from the cheese maker, at specialty grocery stores and in supermarkets.
M.G. : 27 % Moisture : 46 %