American Cheese Month happens in October! This is major for cheese lovers…we get a whole 31 days to celebrate the loveliness that is cheese. Thank you American Cheese Society.
The California Bay Area is an artisan cheese making mecca. Enjoying wine + cheese in Sonoma County is a right of passage.
And now, with my introduction to these incredible fig spreads from Valley Fig Growers, I’ve been noshing all weekend long. These jars are beautifully packaged and the deliciousness inside is heavenly.
Since 1959, Valley Fig Growers, a grower-owned cooperative representing 30 fig farmers in Fresno and San Joaquin Valley, has been producing organic and non-gmo fig delectables. They represent 40% of the California fig industry and their brands include: Blue Ribbon, Orchard Choice, and Sun-Maid.
I feel lucky to enjoy this excellent cheese and fig care package to celebrate American Cheese Month. Truly, I was honored. What better way to kick off the month?
California cheeses know how to party….and I’ll be partying all month, if I don’t snarf them down too quickly. Savor. I must remember to savor.
The stars of my cheese tasting party: Sonoma County’s Laura Chenel’s Creamy Goat Chabis, Sierra Nevada Cheese Company’s Creamy Jack Cheese, Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese and Marin French Cheese Brie Triple Cream. My waist line is going to be in serious trouble.
My totally legitimate foray into cheeses, fig spreads and wine started around 10AM. I thoroughly enjoyed a 2014 Medlock Ames Sauvignon Blanc, with my favorite Point Reyes Blue Cheese and Mission Fig Spread. I could have stopped here and taken the entire cheese block down. But I reminded myself that the day is young and the tastings are plentiful. So save yourself!
Next stop on my cheese + fig + wine tasting express: Balsamic Pepper Fig Spread and Laura Chenel Goat Cheese. Oh my word. I enjoyed this a top a rosemary date cracker and it was all-absorbing. I had to remind myself…to grab a glass of wine. I’ve been saving this 2013 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir for a reason….some reason. Well what better reason than American Cheese Month?
I knew I had taken my gluttony to new heights, when glancing down at my watch and realizing it was only 4PM and I was about to embark on my third cheese tasting and bottle of wine. The Marin French Cheese Triple Cream Brie with the Port Wine Fig Spread was to die for. Srsly. Ain’t no shame. I’m up in this cheese tasting business.
Sadly, I never made it to the California Orange Fig Spread, with the Creamy Jack Cheese and my Iron Horse Vintage Brut. Too much goodness for one day. It’s all about savoring, right?
There is always tomorrow. Thank you American Cheese Month + Valley Fig Growers. I could do this everyday. All day.