Cowgirl Creamery Chimney Rock

This seasonal cheese from Cowgirl Creamery is a delight.

“Chimney Rock, starts with organic Holstein milk from John and Karen Taylor’s Bivalve Dairy in Point Reyes. The rich bloomy rind cheese is spritzed with wine then dusted with ground organic shiitake mushrooms, summer savory and black pepper.

The result is a beautiful cheese that offers piquant, earthy flavors balanced by high notes of orange blossom and apricot.

Chimney Rock is named for one of the most spectacular hikes in all of Point Reyes, located at the end of a land bridge that’s surrounded by lush meadows and cool breezes.”

Get this cheese from your local cheese shop! It’s a fan favorite from Cowgirl Creamery.

– Information from the Cowgirl Creamery Library of Cheese

Humboldt Fog Chipotle Cacao Remix

Check out this new cheese from Cypress Grove.

Picture from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

“Each limited edition, handcrafted wheel features smoky chipotles mixed into the paste and a distinctive ribbon of Dick Taylor dark chocolate through the center.

You’ll also enjoy buttermilk and fresh cream, complemented with floral notes, herbaceous overtones, and a clean citrus finish.

As Humboldt Fog Chipotle Cacao Remix matures, the creamline develops and the flavor intensifies.” – Cypress Grove

You will love this limited edition remix. Visit your local cheese shop and try this new cheese from Cypress Grove.

Culture Magazine Feature

The Cheese Trail is featured in the latest issue of Culture Magazine.

Linni Kral interviews Vivien Straus, the founder of The California Cheese Trail, on what inspired her to start the cheese trail and what exciting cheesemakers you will discover on your adventure.

You can read the interview in the latest printed copy of Culture Magazine as well as the online version of the article here!

Straus Home Ranch, where founder Vivien Straus grew up.
Available for stays, farm tours, and weddings.

Meet Quinta!

It’s a new cheese from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese!

Quinta, a farmstead cheese, is a soft-ripened, bloomy rind cheese, inspired by the very famous, seasonally-made Vacherin Mont d’Or from Switzerland, near the border of France close to the mountain d’Or.

Made on the farm from the dairy’s own pasteurized cows’ milk, the wheel is wrapped in Spruce bark. You eat it by cutting off the top layer and scooping out the insides with a spoon.

Why Quinta? This name is especially meaningful to the Giacomini family (the owners of Point Reyes Farmstead) for two reasons. 

First, Quinta means Farmstead in Portuguese.  Their maternal grandparents were from Portugal so this cheese honors their mother and their Ferreira family heritage.

Second, Quinta means Fifth in Spanish.  This cheese just happens to be the fifth product in their core line-up, so, as the family tells, “the name also has significance for our primarily Latinx staff that work so hard (day-in-and-day-out) to make all of our cheeses wonderful.” – Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co

Please continue to support your local California cheesemakers!

Stepladder, Oakdale & Springhill Farmstead

Here’s what Stepladder Creamery, Oakdale Cheese and Springhill Farmstead are offering! We love California cheese!

Springhill Farmstead Cheese is offering their Peppercorn Goat Cheese online on their shop! 

They also have converted to using 100% biodegradable packaging with reusable ice packs. Visit their online store today and order some cheese!

Stepladder Creamery has new cheese club subscriptions for you to join!

You can get your favorites like Rocky Butte, Big Sur and Paso Vino shipped directly to your home. Check out their new selections on their store!

Oakdale Cheese is also offering French bread, jams, mustards, olives, nuts, etc!

Their store is open everyday 9am to 6pm and they have a new take out window as well. Check their online shop for shipping and continue to support California cheese.

Achadinha Cheese, Cowgirl Creamery & Nicolau Farms

Let’s continue to support all cheesemakers and eat more cheese!

Meet Cowgirl Creamery’s Dairy Partners Collection!
All of their organic milk comes from pasture-based, family farms in Sonoma & Marin. This collection celebrates their incredible dairy partners, Bivalve Dairy and Straus Family Creamery, with rich, European-style butter, a unique hard cheese inspired by the Azores, and their beloved Red Hawk. 

Achadinha Cheese Co is now offering home deliveries in the Bay Area!

Get Cowpricious, Broncha and Herbie Curd directly to your doorstep!

Email Donna at to place an order.

You can now order Nicolau Farms‘ Capra Stanisalus, Quattro Pepe and accompaniments online.

In addition, you can easily pick up a fresh made farm-house meal in their convenient drive-thru!

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Let’s do what we can to support all cheese makers!

Daily Driver SF, Pennyroyal Farm & Rumiano Cheese

In case you missed our newsletter, check out what these cheesemakers are offering! Let’s continue to support all cheesemakers!

Daily Driver SF innovates weekly new meal kits for pickup and delivery. This week they are featuring their Daily Driver Burger Meal Kit with their Tomales neighbors Stemple Creek grass fed all beef patties and their house-made potato brioche buns.

Also included are Jersey Jack Cheese, fresh veggies, house sauce and potato tots. Get your hands on these! You can also get their cheeses, butter and bagel anytime.

Pennyroyal Farm is now offering farmboxes for your weekly essentials.

You can choose what you would like in your box from a mixed bag of produce, eggs, farmstead chili, Pennyroyal cheeses, house made sourdough, etc!

Their wines are also available for delivery. Cheers!

Rumiano Cheese has restocked their online shop with their super cool California cutting boards.

Add this to your collection and try some of their Redwood Coast milk cheeses such as Sriracha Jack, Seoul Spice & Island Fire Dance. You can also order butter & ghee.

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Let’s do what we can to support all cheese makers!

March Events!

Here are a couple of events this March you won’t want to miss!

Hands on Cheesemaking Class Creme de Ricotta & Spring Leek Lemon Tapenade at Epicurean Connection (March 8, 2020)

Class included hands on Cheesemaking Class of Creme de Ricotta & Spring Leek Lemon Tapenade Tortas. Each guest will take home a cheese cloth, cheese ladle, cheese recipe card. In addition, the class will learn how to make Spring Leek Lemon Tapenade. Class included complimentary wine tasting .

Three Cheeses in Three Hours with Wine at FarmCurious (March 15, 2020)

Learn to make three distinct and delicious types of cheese: mozzarella, chèvre (fresh goat cheese) & burrata. During the class, you’ll enjoy an extraordinary sampling of local and sustainable wine in this fast-paced, hands-on workshop.

This three-hour class walks you through the history of cheesemaking, important facts about milk quality and differences as well as the complex biology and chemistry behind turning milk into tasty cheese curds and protein-rich whey.

Three Day Intensive Cheese Education Program at The Cheese School of San Francisco (March 21-23, 2020)

“Our Three-Day Intensive Cheese Education Program is led by Market Hall Foods General Manager, Juliana Uruburu, and is intended for cheesemongers, chefs, caterers and other food professionals looking to improve their cheese knowledge.”

It’s a hands on experience in the classroom and on a farm. You’ll gain knowledge and insight from the top cheese shop owners in the area. The program covers:

  • The ins and outs of buying and caring for cheese
  • How to taste cheese at a professional level
  • Cheese pairing approaches to beverages and food
  • Basics of cheesemaking
  • A visit to a successful farmstead cheese operation
  • Lessons learned from a local cheese shop owner
  • A vertical tasting of milk, yogurt, and fresh cheeses
  • And tasting of at least 45 different cheeses over the three days.

California Artisan Cheese Festival (March 27-28)

This cheese festival brought to you by The California Artisan Cheese Guild, brings together cheesemakers, farmers, educators, authors, chefs, cheese mongers, brewers, distillers, and winemakers from all over California for three days of cheese tasting, education and celebration.

Farm Tour Season!

It’s that time of the year again!

Harley Farms

Our California cheesemakers offer farm tours year round. Each one is a little different depending on where their farm is located in California.

As spring comes along, that means baby goats will be around!

Check out the following cheesemakers for available farm tours!

Achadinha Cheese
Cowgirl Creamery
Harley Farms
Pennyroyal Farms
Point Reyes Farmstead Creamery
Stepladder Creamery
Straus Home Ranch
Toluma Farms & Tomales Farmstead Creamery

Pennyroyal Farm

The 2020 Edition is here!

Get your copy of the 2020 edition of the California Cheese Trail Map!

Take an adventure on the California Cheese Trail with the latest edition!

Find out how to get your copy of the map HERE!