Spring is finally in the air at the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant! With this beautiful weather and sunshine comes some fantastic seasonal cheeses from our own backyard.
Here are some of the newer seasonal favorites:
St. Pat, from the Cowgirl Creamery in Petaluma, CA. This luscious, soft-ripened brie style cheese, is made with the rich buttery milk from a herd of Jersey cows, tended by John Taverna, a local dairy farmer. The small wheels are then wrapped with the leaves of the Stinging Nettle plant. Once the leaves have been flash frozen, to relieve the “stinging” from the Nettles, they are wrapped around the cheeses during their brief aging period. Imbuing the rich creamy cheese with a light vegetal flavor and a subtle hint of artichokes.
Andante Dairy, also out of Petaluma’s fertile dairy lands, is finally back in stock! Tomme Dolce, an all time favorite of the staff at the Cheese & Wine Merchant, is one of the only aged goat milk cheeses produced by Soyung Scanlan, the head cheesemaker at Andante Dairy. Tomme Dolce is coated and rubbed with a blackberry or plum preserve on the rind, lending subtle notes of sweet fruit to the salty, tangy and caramel notes of the goat cheese. Tomme Dolce will only be available for a little while longer, so stop by to grab a chunk while you still can. Also, try some of their softer more delicate French influenced goat and cow’s milk cheeses that are a must try for cheese lovers of all types.
There is also a new creamery in Sonoma County, Moonside Creamery, from Sebastopol, CA. Their newest cheese, Lunetta, is another wonderful addition to all the fantastic cheeses produced in the area. Lunetta is a natural rind cow’s milk Tomme with a firm texture that may sometimes develop crunchy tyrosine crystals. The cheese offers bright flavors of citrus and cultured butter with a savory, long finish.
During the month of March Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is pairing this cheese with a locally produced Tannat wine that is part of their March wine club selection. The high-toned, salty notes in this cheese bring the ripe cherry fruit in this hearty California Tannat-based blend to the forefront while pleasantly softening its tannins.
Stop in at the Cheese & Wine Merchant and ask about their wines and taste some of these amazing cheeses!