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Say cheese?

Europe is considered the hot spot for artisan cheeses, but Portugal has always stood out from the crowd. You'll see Portugal's cheeses in America's specialty cheese stores, but better yet--visit Portugal and discover them for yourselves. Here are a few cheese favorites:

- Serra da Estrela is the king of cheeses, made for centuries by shepherds in the high mountains of the Beiras/Centro region. Entirely handmade, the Serra da Estrela is so soft it is almost spreadable. It is rich and sweet, with a slight burnt toffee character.

- Raba├žal - Brought is a high-fat, sheep's milk cheese brought to Portugal by monks, delicious with local wine or marmalade. It is a high fat content cheese and is made from sheep's milk.

- Sabugal is not only a castle, but a cheese as well. It is creamy, tasty and fragrant but not strong. It's delicious!

- Sao Jorge, from the Azores island of the same name, comes from a land where there are more cows than people, and the cheese will make anyone who taste it swear off cheddar forever.

Take a tour of Portugal's cheese country and discover these, and more, for yourself! Here is one cheese route through the Alentejo Region Queijos02JP - Photo credit to Turismo de Portugal


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