My Itinerary:

CHEESE: SEMI-HARD CHEESES

 

Semi-Hard Cheeses

Cheese overview and Paso Robles wine pairing recommendations courtesy of Danika Bowler of Vivant Fine Cheese.

Merriment
Goat

Alcea Rosea Farm, Templeton, CA

                                              

A delightful raw milk, washed curd cheese made in a similar style to Gouda cheese. After brining, this cheese is painted with a cream wax then dipped in a hard wax before it ages one year. The flavor is nutty with earthy undertones and hints of caramel, reminiscent of the California grassland on which the goats browse. This cheese is a soft, creamy white with a slightly crumbly texture under the knife yet has a smooth, silky mouth feel. It is an excellent reflection of terrior and farmstead cheese production.

Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc from Paso Robles Wine Country

La Panza Gold
Sheep


Rinconada Dairy, Santa Margarita, CA

 

This award-winning cheese draws its name from the gold mining region in the La Panza mountains near the Rinconada Dairy. The La Panza Gold rind is washed with sheep milk whey, developing a rich golden color as it ages. Evocative of farmstead Corsican cheeses, La Panza Gold has rustic, earthy flavors with fruity undertones. In 2006, the American Cheese Society awarded first place to La Panza Gold in the Farmstead Sheep Milk Cheese category. Each wheel of La Panza Gold weighs about 2 pounds.

Wine Pairing: Pinot Noir from Paso Robles Wine Country

 

Seascape
Goat-Cow Blend

Central Coast Creamery, Paso Robles, CA

                                              

An original handcrafted artisan cheese made from blended goat and cow milk. Seascape is a semi-hard cheese with a smooth, creamy texture and a complex tanginess that make this cheese a true American original. This cheese has a natural brushed rind and has been aged to perfection for a minimum of 4 months.

Wine Pairing: Oaky Chardonnay from Paso Robles Wine Country

Feta
Goat


Farmgirl Creamery, Santa Margarita, CA

 

Handcrafted from fresh goat milk, this feta is unique and boasts a firm texture with tangy, salty notes on the tongue. Made fresh weekly, this cheese, though only 3 - 4 weeks old at market, is firm and fits beautifully into many applications. Use as a table cheese or marinated with olive oil and your favorite spices a top your freshest summer garden veggies. 

Wine Pairing: White Rhone-style blend from Paso Robles Wine Country