The West Coast Wonders Cheese Assortment was curated by renowned cheese experts Janet Fletcher
and Laura Werlin
. To support American cheesemakers and celebrate American Cheese Month in May, Janet and Laura are hosting Cheese O'Clock
a weekly series of live cheese and wine tastings via Zoom. This collection was featured as the third airing of this four part series.
Laychee by Pennyroyal Farm - Laychee is the locals’ term for milk. It is a fresh mixed-milk cheese (goat’s and sheep’s milk) that is transformed into cheese and read for sale in just a few days. It is soft, spreadable, fluffy and gently tangy, like a particularly delicious cream cheese. Try it spread on a bagel.
Aries by Shooting Star Creamery - An award-winning sheep’s milk cheese produced by a teenage cheesemaker, this highly original cheese tastes like a cross between a Swiss alpine wheel and a Gouda. The texture is firm and friable, the aroma nutty and the finish sweet. What an astonishing debut for this new creamery.
Clothbound Cheddar by Face Rock Creamery - Clothbound Cheddars are an English tradition, rare in the U.S. This relatively new creation from a superstar cheesemaker is a showstopper. Aged for a minimum of 13 months in a carefully controlled cave environment, Face Rock’s clothbound Cheddar has a flaky/crumbly texture, nutty and grassy aromas and layer upon layer of flavor.
Sawtooth by Cascadia Creamery - Cascadia Creamery uses certified organic cow's milk from a fourth-generation dairy that breeds Jersey, Dutch Belted and Friesian cows to make an array of cheeses that are aged in a special aging room built inside a lava tube cave. The natural cave air has an ideal temperature and humidity content for ripening cheese. Sawtooth is a semi-soft washed-rind cheese on the milder side, with yeasty, beefy aromas--like French St. Nectaire but better.