As the Olympics are wrapping up, we wanted to present our Gold medal winners from the World of American Cheese. Each of these cheeses competed hard for their titles this year, and we wish them luck four years from now.
A goat’s milk cheese made by Soyoung Scanlan of Andante Dairy in Petaluma, CA. During aging these wheels are washed with a mixture of brandy and plum conserve made by friend and neighbor to the farm, June Taylor. One of the only aged cheeses Scanlan makes, Tomme Dolce was devised when she found herself with left over milk from the goats in late spring, a dilemma many goat farmers find themselves with. After the wheels are aged for six months, you find a semi-firm cheese with a creamy consistency and a measured balance of salty and sweet. Our wine experts next door have recommended the 2012 Tatomer Paragon Gruner Veltliner as a superb pairing. This single vineyard Gruner grows on a west facing slope in Edna Valley. Marl, quartz, and limestone contribute to the soils unique mineralization. The 2012 shows notes of cucumber, mint, grapefruit, and white pepper.
Andante Dairy Tomme Dolce Sale Price per/lb: $31.04 Buy Here
A washed rind pasteurized cow’s milk triple cream cheese made by Cowgirl Creamery at their Point Reyes cheese facility. The winner of numerous awards, Red Hawk is a complex yet well balanced triple cream with a very pungent aroma. The taste is extremely savory and full flavored with an exact amount of salt and tang.
Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk Sale Price per/lb: $24.96 Buy Here
Mateo and Andrew Kehler make this pasteurized cow’s milk cheese at Jasper Hill Farms in Vermont. The name is homage to Anne Harbison, the “grandmother” of Greensboro, VT. Anne is very active in the community, runs a bed and breakfast, volunteers at the public library and has known the cheese makers since they were children. The paste of this cheese is soft and spreadable and tastes of fresh milk, herbs and cream. The whole cheese is held together by a spruce bark wrap which imparts a woodsy essence to the paste closer to the rind. This is another excellent release by Jasper Hill and has the finesse and elegance that we are used to seeing come from their farm.
Harbison Cellars of Jasper Hill Sale Price per/lb: $24.96 Buy Here
This single vineyard Gruner grows on a west facing slope in Edna Valley. Marl, quartz, and limestone contribute to the soils unique mineralization. The 2012 shows notes of cucumber, mint, grapefruit, and white pepper.
2012 Tatomer Gruner Veltliner Paragon $23.99 Buy Here