Cheese. How does one describe on of the most delectable delights ever created. The tangy brightness of goat’s milk cheese or the sweet fullness of cow’s milk cheese. Even better is the nutty, buttery richness of sheep’s milk cheese and a new favourite, the sweet creaminess of water buffalo milk cheese. If you are not salivating, then please read again, close your eyes and imagine. That is what the incredible artisans at the California Artisan Cheese Guild do each and every day. Their mission is to support and encourage the California artisan and farmstead cheesemaking community by educating consumers and celebrating the quality and craftmanship that are used to make “handmade” artisan cheeses.
I came across their site after recently trying an artisan cheese, “Pierce Pt” made by the Cowgirl Creamery. After trying this creamy and mild cheese, I was left wanting for more — cheese and information on where to get it. (Not surprisingly since it won 1st place at the American Cheese Conference). After some research, I came across the Cowgirl Creamery’s site where I fell upon the California Artisan Cheese Guild, a.k.a. “One Cheesy Jackpot.” This site was like an online cheese encyclopedia full of more melted goodness than I could even take in one reading. It did however, open up a new world of cheese making and cheese artistry that stretched far beyond what any gourmet market could provide. The more I read, the more I craved, fromage blanc, chevre, all the way to something I have never dared to indulge until now— creme fraiche! If you are going to try it, source it from the best. The California Artisan Cheese Guild offers events throughout the year. The next event is this weekend (July 21-22, 2012); The Wine, Cheese and Bread Faire at the Old Sugar Mill and will be featuring many cheese artisans, cheese tasting classes and wineries from the region.