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Cheese Grader: Cordobes

November 12, 2010
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Last night upon a trip to Whole Foods to pickup a quick dinner, I of course stopped by the cheese section to take a peek at the basket of mini cheese samples. I love when cheese counters do this, and if you haven’t taken advantage of this feature, I highly recommend it. Its a great way to discover new cheeses without running the risk of being left with a half pound of something you don’t like (which NEVER happens to me of course!). Its also a great way to bring home a few bites of cheese to snack on while making dinner, and to avoid comments from your boyfriend (ahem!) about your unnecessary cheese intake!

Last night I picked up a small piece of Cordobes. I’d never heard of this cheese but apparently its made exclusively for Whole Foods. Its a sheep’s cheese that I would compare almost to a mild cheddar in flavor. I tend to like sheep’s cheese for their earthiness but also sheep’s milk contains higher levels of minerals like calcium and zinc than cow or goat’s milk. So, onto the breakdown.


Texture: Firm but chewy. Smooth, with a creamy finish.
Taste: Semi-sharp, clean, comparable to mild cheddar.
Overall Grade: B

This is a solid cheese, and nice alternative to cheddar. Pleasant taste and texture that would easily appeal to most people and pair with any assortment of fruits or jams.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    May 16, 2011 3:08 pm

    Six months ex post facto. However, your site is one of the few hits for cordobes.

    A Murray’s (awesome cheese supplier) distributor at a local grocery in Dayton, Ohio made me a cheese connoisseur. I recently (yesterday) moved to Baltimore to spend the summer at a law firm here and this afternoon ventured to Whole Foods to stock the empty pantry/fridge in my apartment. Naturally, I spent five minutes browsing the cheese section and, with fond memories of gran queso (a cow’s milk, drier, sweeter, American version of manchego) fresh in my pallet’s memory bank, I opted for the cordobes. It is creamier than manchego and I agree with you that it is very approachable. I enjoyed it with an on-sale, less-than-ten-dollar chardonnay and it paired so well accordingly that I must make an afternoon pot of coffee to finish the day’s work.

    Nice site.

    • May 16, 2011 3:49 pm

      Thanks for checking in, John!
      I could definitely go for some cheese and chilled wine right about now!


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