This week’s cheese and wine pairing, brought to you by Raymond Hook, cheese consultant in NYC.
Give Cypress Grove’s flagship Humboldt Fog a go with the aromatic gewürztraminer grape. This iconic, award-winning goat’s milk cheese is a great match. Still handmade, one wheel at a time in Arcata, California by Mary Keehn and her band of talented cheesemakers. With its signature wave of vegetable ash running through the middle of its layers, it not only looks great, but pairs well with sweeter wines. Look for Humboldt Fog on the younger side, as it develops a bigger, bolder flavor as it ripens. You can tell the age by how much creaminess is just under the rind — the less it has, the younger it is. Humboldt Fog will express earthy minerality, slight tartness and hints of herbs when allowed to come to room temperature for at least an hour before consumption. This cheese is a three-time blue ribbon winner at the American Cheese Society annual judging contest and Cypress Grove not only has reputation for making great cheese, but they’re a great example of being good citizens in their communities locally, regionally and nationally.
Buy it Whole Foods Market.
Pair this cheese with Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008 Gewürztraminer.