Discovering Organic Cheese  

November 15, 2017 | CheeseTrail

When was the last time you searched out organic cheese and what is it? And which cheesemakers in California make organic cheese? Organic certification of cheese comes down to the animals, the ingredients and the method of processing; all overseen by the USDA National Organic Program.  Animals must be raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones. […]

Care for a bit of Cheese by the Lake?

September 13, 2017 | CheeseTrail

I remember coming to Marin French Cheese Company as a child and drooling over their Breakfast Cheese, a tiny round of a young cheese.  It’s like they wrapped it, not quite finished (which can often be a very tasty time in a cheese’s life – depending on the cheese), and let us in on a […]

How to Store Your Cheese

August 16, 2017 | CheeseTrail

You just ate a bit of the cheese you brought home from the store. But what do you do with the rest? First thing to know is, your cheese is ALIVE! Not like a scary monster, but essentially it does need to breathe. That’s why wrapping that leftover piece in plastic cling wrap is not […]

Should I Eat the Cheese Rind?

July 19, 2017 | CheeseTrail

“Can I – or should I – eat the rind of my cheese?”   Great question. And absolutely you can. Of course, it totally depends on preference. It’s always easiest – and tastiest – to try the white fuzzy rind of a “bloomy rind” cheese like Brie or Camembert.  That’s natural. And believe it or not, that […]

Modesto Goats & Nuttiness – Nicolau Farms

June 13, 2017 | CheeseTrail

Walter Nicolau of Nicolau Farms started with one goat. That turned into 200. As a descendant of Portuguese immigrants from the Azores who came to America and had a cow dairy, Walter had farming in his belly. He simply reinvented himself and the farm. His one Alpine goat, that turned into a flock, a trip, a tribe, a herd […]

The California Cheese Map is Out!

January 23, 2017 | CheeseTrail

For the first time EVER, a map shows you every open cheesemaker in California. Address, hours and tour instructions included. Traveling Highway 99 in the Central Valley? You’ve been passing some pretty great cheese.   Gold Country? There are small, sweet farms waiting to show you around.   Pick up fresh mozzarella and ricotta direct from a Los Angeles […]