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2nd PlaceSay Cheese!

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Challenge: Scents, Aromas, Odors (Standard Editing)
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Camera: Canon EOS-600D/T3i Rebel
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Sondrio, Italy
Date: Jan 22, 2023
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2023

The famous 'bitto' cheese of a very specific part of Valtellina in northern Italy has been renamed 'Storico Ribelle' by its originators to differentiate themselves from the hundreds of copycat cheeses using the name. Their maturation cellar is open to the public and you can see cheeses maturing for up to ten years.

Post-Challenge - Wow thank you! I did not expect this to ribbon and especially not become a PB. I was happier with the concept itself rather than the image so I'm glad this came through.

I would strongly recommend anyone ever visiting the far north of Italy to visit this location. Great cured meat and cheese platters as well as local dishes in a working cheesemakers which is open to the public and very hospitable to guests.

The particular type of cheese is made with cow's milk and a small portion of goat's milk and has been the subject of a long battle for custody of the official name. The name 'Bitto' is generally the accepted name of this type of cheese made along the river Bitto which flows through the Bitto Valley.

These guys work with a handful of very authentic herders in that valley and have strict rules about the quality and makeup of the cheese. Outside of the valley, along the river Bitto, other cheese manufacturers have diluted this high quality and even removed goat's milk entirely from the recipe, so the story of the cheesemakers in the Bitto Valley rebranding themselves as 'The Historic Rebels' is a famous and interesting one.

Essentially they have refused to compromise on quality and tradition, and they are still a small and young family business keeping everything together.

(For context, at least in the EU, certain branding is protected. For example, champagne can only be made and produced in the Champagne region, anything outside of this that resembles it must take a different name such as sparkling wine. Other regional trademarks might be scotch whisky, parmesan cheese and so on)

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02/01/2023 03:57:26 AM
Congratulations. You've achieved another of your goals for 2023 - "Get a PB above 7
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02/01/2023 12:15:21 AM
perfecto! I need GPS location for this "Storico Ribelle" Must taste this cheese on my next trip to Italy.
congrats on the red!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2023 09:44:38 PM
Commanding situation, enclosed by cheese, breathing its air, the chill and damp (or dry, what do I know) feel. The stone wall, the aura of age. The aroma seems almost tangible, thick and insistent. Also, the depth of field suits the scene, being narrow and the cheeses fading away, an implication of abundance. When you took the picture did you request, "say cheeeeze." ? Rises hardily to the challenge.
Personal second favorite of the challenge.
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01/31/2023 01:43:24 PM
My pick for yellow in this challenge.
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01/29/2023 05:42:22 PM
awesome take on the challenge .. :)
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