We adore a good cheese plate any time, but particularly at important holiday parties like those that mark the end of one year and the start of another. Here’s the cheese we’re purveying in our Healdsburg store in honor of 2017’s completion. Come get some!
Rush Creek Reserve, Uplands Cheese, Wisconsin ($35/lb)
Bound in spruce bark, this soft, young, cow’s milk cheese has a silky texture with notes of smoke, beef broth, and grass. A seasonal favorite made only in autumn as the diet of the cows begins to change to winter’s dry hay.
Rogue River Blue, Rogue Creamery, Oregon ($50/lb)
This cow’s milk cheese is wrapped in grape leaves that have been soaked in pear brandy. The blue veining lends hints of hazelnuts and fruit; the paste becomes slightly crystallized as it ages.
Black Betty Aged Goat Gouda, Fromagerie L’Amuse, Holland ($35/lb)
Every year, Betty Koster sets aside a small trove of her treasured goat gouda. All of the caramel, grassy elements are intensified in this limited run beauty.
Mimolette Aged 24 Months, France ($28/lb)
This semi-hard cow’s milk cheese is produced in six-pound spheres with a bright, orange-colored interior. Sometimes called the “Halloween Cheese,” its taste is gloriously sweet, yet uncommonly tame for such a cheese.
Stilton, Colton Bassett, England ($33/lb)
This blue cheese is made with the milk of four dairies still using original pasturelands from the 1920s. Towards the center of the wheel, the profile is bright with a vibrant fruity tang. Closer to the rind, the flavor becomes earthy and savory.