Cheesemakers from Villaluenga del Rosario held a Payoyo cheese and wine matching session yesterday at the Consejo HQ in Jerez. Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado and Oloroso matched perfectly with cottage cheese, half cured and cured cheese with rosemary all from the milk of the famous Payoya goat. The home of this rare breed of goat is the Sierra de Grazalema in Cádiz and the village of Villaluenga del Rosario is the cheese capital of the area. The village (pop. 500) will this weekend be hosting the IX edition of the Artisan Cheese Fair of Andalucía, an event which has grown enormously and they are expecting 20,000 visitors. Thirty cheese producers will be there and for 5 euros you can try 8 cheeses and have a glass of wine.
The passing of Cayetano del Pino Bohórquez has been announced. A well respected man, he was president of the bodega of the same name in Jerez. The firm, which most unusually went from being a shipper back to being an almacenista, and has some outstanding wines, will remain in family hands, those of his nephew Gerardo del Pino Iñíguez.