Rinds protect aged cheeses during development. With the proper amount of time and tending, certain rinds can develop into truly miraculous taste experiences in their own right. One such delight is Devil's Gulch, a Cowgirl Creamery cheese we love... from top to bottom.
This wonderful local cheese starts with certified organic Jersey cow's milk from West Marin County, and comes to our Co-op Cheese Counter all wrapped up like a purty hockey puck, organic pepper flakes pressed lovingly into its washed rind.
To balance its bite, try a bottle of rosé with your Devil's Gulch indulgence. The soft, sparkling notes of New Mexico's Gruet Rosé would be a good bet.
Here's a link to an interesting blog post on rinds, from folks we trust: http://cheeseunderground.blogspot.com/2011/01/cheese-rinds-to-eat-or-not-to-eat.html