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
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
Scroll through your Instagram feed these days and you’ll find people taking their cheese board designs to the next level. What’s great is that you can really use anything you want. You can be creative and use cheeses, fruits and ingredients that you like.
Be you and let your personality shine through! Here are 5 of our favorites this month!
Bivalve Dairy, a 6th generation farming family, and one of California’s newest cheesemakers, is expanding its line of cheese, using milk from their farm that’s located on the pristine and iconic Tomales Bay of Marin County.
The texture of Railcar 924 cheese makes it the ultimate melter for your favorite holiday dishes. It’s great in Potatoes Au Gratin or a classic fondue.
Mendonca: A Portuguese-style island cheese with tangy and grassy flavors, ends with a spicy, piquant finish. Perfect for a cured meat and cheese board.
Mt. Vision: A cheese with fresh cream and salted butter flavors that develop into lemongrass, sage and white pepper closer to the rind. (don’t you love these descriptors?)
Available alongside existing Bivalve favorites (you’ve got to try their Foundry Fresh), can be found at San Francisco’s Stonestown and Marin Civic Center Farmers Markets. The cheeses are worth the trip.
California cheesemakers have great gifts for the holidays. Here’s a list of them. Get your orders in before Christmas!
Cheese Trail Home Delivery
New for the holidays in 2021, the Cheese Trail has begun offering curated collections of farmstead cheeses and local delicacies, supporting California’s cheesemakers, farmers, and artisan producers. $69-$99. Free delivery in California, +$20 to all other states (excluding AK & HI). Shop our collections.
Mt. Tam Cowgirl Creamery • Petaluma, CA As a respectful nod to the majestic beauty of Mt Tamalpais, located a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, Cowgirl Creamery named its signature cheese Mt Tam. Creamy and elegant, Mt Tam coats your tongue with a rich, buttery flavor that carries an earthy hint of white mushrooms. The triple-cream Mt Tam is made from unblended, organic, single-herd milk from the Straus Family Creamery. (8 oz)
Artisan Crisps Rustic Bakery • Petaluma, CA Rustic Bakery provides these sweet and crunchy crisps made with simple, high-quality ingredients–a fabulous accompaniment to artisan cheese. (5 oz)
Cowgirl Creamery Cooks book Between them, Cowgirl co-founders Sue Conley and Peggy Smith spent decades in the Bay Area’s most loved and respected restaurants. Cowgirl Creamery Cooks collects 75 of their favorite recipes for cooking with cheese, as well as their vast accumulated wisdom about tasting, buying, serving, and appreciating all kinds of cheese. More than 60 photographs of delicious cheeses, finished dishes, and the rolling hills of coastal California from celebrated Canal House photographers Hirsheimer & Hamilton narrate the story of the Cowgirls, the rise of the organic dairy movement, and the enjoyment of good cheese.
Wow your guests with this impressive set that includes just about everything you need to get the party started. This set includes eight cheeses plus jam, chocolate, and flatbread crackers from three incredible Northern California specialty food artisans. Mango Habanero and Raspberry Habanero jams .
Treat yourself or send a party in a basket for the beautiful experience of Marin County’s finest. This collection is a sampler of our unique cheeses and two of Marin’s finest artisan accompaniments.
Includes 3 8-ounce wheels (2015 ACS Winner Traditional Brie, Triple Creme Brie and Camembert) , 3 4-ounce wheels (Petite Breakfast, Petite Supreme and Petite Truffle), our local honey (Marin French Cheese Honey by Bonnie Bee — harvested on our creamery ranch!), Jamnation Can You Fig It fig jam handcrafted in San Francisco and our favorite California spreader knife.
When you’re planning a get-together and need a festive board or a special delight in seasonality, this selection of six farmstead cheeses—all handmade in small batches at the farm—will bring a unique taste of place to the table! Includes our fresh chèvre Laychee, a seasonal Laychee*, a round of Velvet Sister and wedges of our raw, aged Boont Corners.
Ah the holidays are here. That also means our favorite seasonal cheeses are back!
Cowgirl Creamery’s winter seasonal cheese, Devil’s Gulch, starts with organic Holstein milk from John and Karen Taylor’s Bivalve Dairy. The rich, bloomy rind wheels are dusted with a mixture of sweet and spicy ground heirloom peppers from Allstar Organics.
Flavor notes: Bright, sweet spice tempered by the rich creaminess of the paste
Devil’s Gulch is named for a narrow ravine carved along the base of Mt. Barnaby, just down the road from the Allstar Organic Farm in Marin County.
Here we have a limited-edition cheese made with fresh goat milk, diced cranberries and a touch of cinnamon.
Enjoy the combination of sweet-tart cranberries and tangy fresh goat cheese all season long crumbled over an autumn salad, in a sandwich, or paired with dried fruit, candied nuts, charcuterie and celebratory libations.
Sonoma County, CA (Oct. 15, 2019) — Celebrate two of NorCal’s favorite flavors when California’s original goat cheese creamery teams up with another California creamery known for its outrageous ice cream flavors and creative collaborations. Sonoma goat cheese producer Laura Chenel and celebrated sparkling wine producer Domaine Carneros join Humphry Slocombe to launch an exclusive new flavor for the San Francisco ice creamery’s November edition of the 2019 Classic Cocktail Series.
Humphry Slocombe Co-Founder
Jake Godby brings his unorthodox ice cream alchemy to Wine & Cheese Ice
Cream. The flavor is a part of a year-long boozy series showcasing special
flavors inspired by classic cocktails. This creation features Laura
Chenel Original Chef’s Chevre® ice cream with swirls of Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir sorbet mixed in — a combination that will
transport you to wine country. This is the
first flavor collaboration with Laura Chenel and the third flavor collaboration
with Domaine Carneros, the others being Cherry Fizz in 2018 and Rosé all Day
Sorbet in 2017.
Laura Chenel Original Chef’s
Chevre is the smooth, creamy go-to goat cheese for
chefs nationwide. Handcrafted with fresh goat milk from family-owned farms in
the American West and boasting better digestibility than cow’s milk cheese,
Laura Chenel Chef’s Chevre has the classic tangy flavor of fresh goat cheese
with a spreadable texture perfect for melting into sauces and whipping into
cheesecake or — in this case — ice cream.
Iconic, irreverent and
fearless when it comes to flavor development, Humphry Slocombe is famous for
churning out unusual and creative flavor collaborations with high-profile
brands such as Emmy-winning show Queer Eye (Cookies + Graham); Virgin Atlantic
(Butter by Moonlight with brown butter and blueberry glaze); San Francisco
Brewing Co. (Dynasty Stout); and Chef Melissa King and Whole Foods Market
(Mango Mojito). Its signature (and enduringly popular) flavor, Secret
Breakfast, features bourbon ice cream with cornflakes.
Laura Chenel CEO
Eric Barthome says his company is excited to collaborate with two complementary
top-quality Northern California brands doing
something fun and unusual with products that symbolize the exceptional
character of the Bay Area.
“Wine & Cheese Ice Cream celebrates the Bay Area’s terroir and
craft with iconic Laura Chenel goat cheese from Sonoma County and the Carneros
based Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir which are sure to be an outstanding
combination with Humphry Slocombe’s expertise,” says Barthome.
“With all respect
to peanut butter and chocolate, I think wine and cheese is the original ‘two
great tastes that taste great together’ and that in the form of ice cream is
unique and delicious,” says Jake Godby, co-founder and chef at Humphry
“I am a huge fan
of dessert, and working with Humphry Slocombe over the years has been a great
excuse to indulge my weakness and share it with our loyal fans,” states Eileen
Crane, CEO of Domaine Carneros. “I’m particularly excited about the
daring quality of this new flavor. We grow multiple clones of Pinot Noir
on all our single vineyards and this promises to be a sheer delight.”
Starting Nov. 4,
Wine & Cheese Ice Cream is available by the scoop and hand-packed pints at
all Humphry Slocombe scoop shops including the Ferry Building and Mission
District shops in San Francisco, The Hive in Oakland and the College Avenue
shop in Berkeley. Look for it by the pint at the Domaine Carneros chateau. Available
online at GoldBelly.
About Laura Chenel
introduced a new chapter in American cheese in 1979 when she started making
farmstead goat cheese with milk from her own goats using techniques she learned
Chenel still embodies its founding namesake’s pioneering spirit as a leading
producer of fresh and aged goat cheeses and goat yogurts crafted with fresh
goat’s milk from family-owned farms in California, Oregon, Nevada and Idaho.
Located in the heart of Sonoma County, Laura Chenel is the first creamery in
the U.S. to be awarded the prestigious LEED Gold certification and its
commitment to sustainable practices, including solar energy and recycling, is
helping preserve the terroir for generations to come.
unapologetic, Humphry Slocombe’s ice cream has its own personality and flavors
that appeal to adult tastes but is loved by all. Humphry Slocombe has almost
300K followers on social media and was recently named one of “San Francisco’s
Most Delicious Instagram Accounts” by 7X7 Magazine. It has also attracted
attention from the national press including feature articles in The New York
Times Magazine and Bon Appétit and several television appearances,
such as the “Top 5 Ice Creams in America” spot by Food Network.
Welcome to the
bizarre, delicious, frozen universe of Humphry Slocombe.
Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating a vision of terroir-driven sparkling wine while preserving the quality tenets of the traditional method production. Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma Valleys, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 125 acres planted to Chardonnay, 225 acres planted to Pinot Noir, with the remaining acres currently in development. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines and limited production Pinot Noirs.
Domaine Carneros’ château has become a landmark and symbol of the region. The architecture and interior design were inspired by the 18th century Château de la Marquetterie, the Taittinger family residence in the Champagne region. The winery also places a high value on preserving the environment and has farmed sustainably since the late 1980s. The roof of the pinot noir winery adjacent to the château hosts a solar array that was the largest on any winery in the world when it was installed. Eileen Crane, CEO & Founding Winemaker, has overseen 31 harvests at the château and in 2018 celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of the winery’s luxury cuvée, Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs.
For you cheese lovers out there getting ready to tie the knot or just have any occasion to celebrate, get inspired by these gorgeous cheese cakes! It’s the ultimate way to celebrate your love for cheese, we mean, each other!