Folks, this week is gonna suck–take a look at what the bracket looks like for this round. There will be much gnashing of teeth and weeping of salty, salty tears. I’m truly sorry, but there’s no avoiding it; there’s a hell of a lot of great cheese in the world!
I thought of all my cheesy Persephoneers this weekend as I dined at a restaurant specializing in cheese (YEAH, baby!). I selected a three-cheese sampler, and for the first time had: Prima Donna, a youngish aged Gouda that is dreamily creamy and ridiculously caramel-y; Grayson, a complex, striking Chimay-type; and Bleu d’Auvergne, which was just lovely, all top notes and tingliness.
While I was playing at the fromagere’s counter, you were voting between our Wild Card competitors.
Results for Day 5:
Queso Fresco 61% v. Muenster 39%
Paneer 64% v. Oaxaca 36%
The Sweet Sixteen starts off with a doozy: Cheddar v. Gorgonzola! Team Bleu, you’ve got a big job today: you’ve only got one candidate left, and it’s up against what may be the world’s best-loved cheese. Can you sway the masses? Can you make the bracket your bitch? Or are you gonna give up without a fight??
Team Stand-Alone and Team All-Purpose are butting heads as well: the fascinating Camembert and the journeyman Cream Cheese are worlds apart in the affective spectrum of cheese experience. Which way will you go?
Good luck, my brave soldiers! Voting is open until 4 p.m. EST; the next poll will be posted at 4:30.