This exciting collection of four of America’s best small-production cheeses highlights family and artisan operations coming together to make great cheese. To do so, they combine their stellar milk with their cheesemaking expertise to come up with recipes and cheeses that are truly unforgettable. CEO Cyril Chappellet and Laura Werlin, (cheese expert and James Beard award-winning author) teamed up to share the perfect wine and cheese pairings for your enjoyment. This is a tasting journey unlike any other as you explore the wines of one of Napa’s most esteemed wine producers and these truly great American cheeses.
- Nicasio Valley Cheese Company Locarno: When you think of creamy, buttery goodness, this is the cheese you think of. Named for a town in the Italian-speaking Swiss Alps near the village where Nicasio Valley Cheese Company’s Lafranchi family is originally from, Locarno is oozy, buttery, and made for any cheese board or maybe just a big spoon. Nicasio Valley Cheese Company is California’s only organic farmstead cheese operation, which means that all the milk that goes into their cheese comes from their own organically-raised cows. That pure flavor comes through in every bite of this 6-ounce wheel, which is aged anywhere from two to eight weeks.
- Nettle Meadow Kunik: Nettle Meadow Farms in Warrensburg, NY not only maintains a 50- acre goat and sheep farm, but also supplies their own milk for their line of award-winning cheeses. Kunik is a blend of fresh goat's milk and Jersey cow cream that redefines the definition of a triple cream cheese in a uniquely American way. The supple texture opens up to a buttery, creme fraiche flavor full of delectable mushroom -like nuances. Aged for 3 to 5 weeks, this farmstead cheese is versatile on any cheese plate and is bound to become your new favorite!
- Hidden Springs Creamery Ocooch Mountain: Aged 3 to 4 months, this raw sheep's milk cheese from Hidden Valley Creamery is in the style of an Alpine cheese with a nutty, complex flavor and earthy, caramel-like aroma. The micro-climate of Wisconsin’s hilly Driftless region makes Ocooch Mountain truly unique. The sweet, nutty complexity is reminiscent of European mountain cheeses - but defined in a new American way.
- Milton Creamery Flory’s Truckle: Milton Creamery worked hand-in-hand with the Flory Family of Jamesport, Missouri, to develop this aged clothbound cheddar. Instead of aging in plastic, this cheese ages for 12 months in permeable cheesecloth. The cloth allows the cheese to breathe, resulting in a dry, crumbly texture and complex flavors.
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