Cheese O’Clock Virtual Tasting May 20, 2021
Whether east or west, the cheeses that hail from the coasts represent tradition, terroir and taste. You’ll get all that and more in this collection of cheeses that couldn’t be more different in story and style but united by innovation, skill, and above all, unforgettable flavor.
Purchase by 5/9/2021 to receive in time for the virtual tasting.
Combining the words "cream" and "Vermont" to create the name, this cheese is also a combination of milks - three to be exact. To make Cremont, the Websterville, Vermont creamery takes goat and cow’s milk and tops it off with rich cream to create a ball of mouth-filling deliciousness. The creamery is known for cheeses like this – specially-ripened goat’s and cow’s milk cheeses that employ a magical yeast. This ingredient unites them in style but each retains its own individual character and flavor.
Good things come in small packages, and this mini version of its older sibling couldn’t exemplify that more. Hailing from the creamery and cellars of Jasper Hill Farm, Harbison was a winner right out of the gate when it debuted in 2011. The bark-wrapped beauty has had a formidable fan club of cheese lovers ever since. Its spoonable consistency grabs you right away and its woodsy, mustard-y, mushroomy flavors keep you coming back for more.
Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery is located just east of the Sonoma County town of Petaluma, a place long known for family dairy farms. Fourth-generation farm owner Karen Bianchi-Moreda decided to turn some of her prized Jersey milk into cheese and, remembering the Italian table cheese of her youth, set out to recreate something similar. The result was Estero Gold and its longer-aged sibling, Estero Gold Reserve – a kind of cross between the Italian cheese Montasio and Asiago – nutty and a little sweet.
Caveman Blue is one of just two natural rind blue cheeses made by Rogue Creamery. The thin tan-colored rind leads the way to one of the most compelling blue cheeses made in America. Its dense, fudgy texture alone is spellbinding and the mushroomy, earthy, and also sweet flavors lend it sophistication yet a mellowness that even those shy about blue cheeses are almost sure to love.
Cheese O’Clock is a four-week Zoom cheese and wine tasting series led by cheese authorities Laura Werlin and Janet Fletcher. Different themes, cheeses and wines every time.
Make it an even tastier experience with wine pairings from Frog’s Leap.
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