Cathy Strange, the national cheese buyer for Whole Foods, tells us about five sustainable cheeses to keep in rotation on our cheese plate, and the drinks that complement them. Since they’re from responsible creameries, go ahead load up another cracker.
Cowgirl Creamery, Mt Tam
“This is the organic triple creme bomb cheese! The buttery flavor with hints of mushroom pairs well with sparkling wine.
Chaseholm Farm Creamery, Camembert
“I love to go big with this assertive cheese with hints of mushrooms. It pairs well with chardonnay.”
Cherry Grove Farm Herdsman
“When I’m craving a malbec, I reach for this washed rind delight with rich, dense texture and nutty flavors.”
Sprout Creek Farm Ouray
“The buttery with woodsy overtones and dense texture stands out in this cheese. It pairs well with chianti.”
FireFly Farms Mountain Top Bleu
“This soft-ripened blue is definitely a statement cheese — from its pyramid appearance to the spicy flavor and creamy texture. Pair it with a Riesling for a flavor explosion!”
Cellars at Jasper Hill, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar
“I love how the sweet and nutty flavor with fruity and savory overtones pairs well with brown ale, especially in the fall. Plus, it’s a world-award winner!”