Days of Wine and Cheeses

You may have surmised from the name of this blog and my social media handle (wpawinepirate) that I am a Jimmy Buffett fan, a Parrothead, if you will. I have been a member of the Phlock for a long time, making some good friends and beautiful memories along the way. Jimmy’s lyrics “Warm summer breezes and French wine and cheeses” from his song “He went to Paris” was the inspiration for a series of posts I will be writing about wine and cheese pairing

I will never forget the first time I tasted Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam. It was at their shop in the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Mt. Tam is a triple cream bloomy rind American recipe cheese made from pasteurized organic pasture-based cow milk that is produced by farm partners using sustainable farming practices. Mt. Tam is made in Marin County near San Francisco, as if you had any doubt it was a California product after that lead-in. Cowgirl Creamery describes their Mt. Tam as “At room temperature, features a dense fudgy core enveloped in an evolving pudgy creamline.” This cheese is both creamy and buttery but also displays earthy flavors. Mt. Tam pairs well with sparklers like Prosecco and Cava or a California Chardonnay that will cleanse your palate. Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava Brut or Trefethen Family Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay Oak Hill District Napa Valley work nicely with Mt. Tam.

Staying on the coast of California, my next cheese is Humboldt Fog from Cypress Grove Chevre in rural Humboldt County. Humboldt Fog is a unique soft-ripened goat cheese. It is made from high-quality goat milk sourced from local farms. This is a pasteurized goat milk cheese. The quality of the milk used in the making of Humboldt Fog is reflected in its clean and balanced flavors while muted acidity and salt levels prevent the potent goaty taste that turns some people off to goat cheese. Enjoy Humboldt Fog with the iconic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Cloudy Bay, or Sokol Blosser Redland Cuvee Estate Willamette Valley 2018, a medium-bodied Pinot Noir from Oregon.           

I will be exploring cheeses from America’s Heartland and the East Coast in my next post.                                  

Day 3 Ferry Building Market

The Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries o...

The Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries on the San Francisco Bay and an upscale shopping center located on The Embarcadero in San Francisco, California. The Bay Bridge can be seen in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero

The Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero

    Day 3 begins like everyday on tour with us rising early, preparing for the days activities, enjoying a

Cowgirl Creamery in the Ferry Building

Cowgirl Creamery in the Ferry Building

good breakfast then it is to the coach because we have places to go and things to see.  Today we will be going to the Ferry Building to take an epicurean walking tour of the shops in the market.  Our guide for our Edible Excursion tour was Joshua, a young chef that will be sharing his passion for delicious fresh organic whole food that is locally grown and raised.  It is called the Ferry Building because this is where the ferryboats that ply the waters of the San Francisco Bay dock to on and off load their passengers.  The shops inside the building are open daily but the area around the main structure is the site of a Farmer’s Market several days during the week.  Joshua leads us on a walk from shop to shop where along the way we taste gluten-free baked goods at Mariposa, chocolates at Recchiutti Confections, Blue Bottle Coffee, fresh Vietnamese spring rolls at Out The Door the take-out only site for the Slanted Door restaurant plus several others before coming to our favorites Acme Bread Company and Cowgirl Creamery.  The two soft cheeses we tasted were the Mt. Tam (our favorite) made with triple cream and the washed rind Red Hawk (also very good) both were great with the Acme Bread Company’s French Baguette!  We wisely loaded our purchases into our reusable shopping tote, because if you need a bag it costs 10 cents.  This token charge is a gentle reminder for shoppers to use their reusable totes and help reduce the stress put on the environment by the massive amount of plastic bags discarded everyday.  The rest of our day is free for us to explore, shop and sightsee the distinctive neighborhoods of San Francisco up close, an experience that is only possible when done on foot.