Once perceived as only producing imitations of European cheeses, the USA now boasts some of the world's finest specialty cheesemakers. With growing public interest supporting these artisan cheesemakers, it is clear America is ready to stand alongside the other greats of world cheese makers. Here are four of our favorite cheeses, taking you from coast to coast.
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- Pleasant Ridge Reserve: Pleasant Ridge Reserve is an original cow's milk cheese inspired by farmstead cheeses from the alpine provinces of France. After about four months in the aging room, Pleasant Ridge Reserve is ready to please your palate. It will continue to change and develop variations in its flavor as it ages further. A must try for fans of Beaufort. (7.5 oz)
- Green Peppercorn Cone by Coach Farm: A new classic from upstate New York, made by the same family that is famous for Coach leather handbags. Coach Farm keeps its own herd of Alpine goats to support their production. (4 oz)
- Purple Haze: Purple Haze is a recent addition California cheese maker's Cypress Grove's line of fresh goat cheeses. Lavender buds mixed with wild harvested fennel pollen give Purple Haze its addicting flavor. Its sweet flavor is wonderful as a dessert with honey and almonds or in a main dish with lamb (4 oz)
- Grafton Classic Reserve Cheddar: Grafton 2 Year Classic Cheddar is an outstanding mature cheddar cheese selected for its pronounced flavor and smooth finish. This two year aged cheese is excellent when accompanied with dried fruits and nuts, crusty breads, and big wines. (7.5 oz)
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