Blessed Are The Cheese-Makers!

“I’m just crackers about cheese!”

Wallace, Gromit, and Cheese!
I’m with Wallace on this one, and I think it’s probably safe to say all of us at Ridge are; we love cheese here. And fortunately, we have many occasions to serve it, and taste it. Of course, in the end, our mandate is to present our wines, so accordingly we select cheeses specifically for their contributions to the successful pairing paradigm. And being localists and site-specificists at heart, we traditionally make our selections from the extraordinary bounty on offer in Northern California.
“Blessed are the cheesemakers!”

from Monty Python's "Life of Brian"

And so they are! And that said, my primary impetus for writing this, and the reason why I have cheese on the brain this morning, is that I have just had the great pleasure of picking up our new cheese order, and it is comprised of a holy quartet of favorites …
Were these cheeses in fact a quartet, then Cypress Grove’s Humboldt Fog would have to be the cello; warm, resonant, dense, heavy, yet elegant and rich with gravitas and sonority …
And surely Cypress Grove’s Lambchopper, with the long, long strokes of its elegant and buttery finish, could play no other part than that of the rich, middle-layer viola …
And lastly, we have Redwood Hill Farms’ Camellia and Bellwether Farms’ Carmody dancing atop the quartet as the two violins; the tart and tang of goat’s milk and rind mimicking the pluck of pizzicato, and the warm Jersey milk evoking  the elegant long strikes of a bow …
Ah, the beautiful music of cheese …

Categories: Food & Wine Pairing, Viticultural Salmagundi

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3 replies

  1. Friends, I beg your forgiveness.
    It was Mr Micheal Palin, not Graham Chapman.
    Apologies to all.
    I consider myself reprimanded.

  2. Ah, yes, the wonderful Wallace. He and his favourite fromage – Wensleydale – (a village in North Yorkshire, England, for the uninitiated) was preceded by the inimitable John Cleese and Graham Chapman in the Python Sketch, the Cheese shop.

    The fermented curd never did taste so beguiling as when accompanied by the ‘right’ cheese. But then, it is all a matter of taste.
    I do enjoy a really good, very cold, Sauternes with the salty sheeps cheese, Roquefort, while a sturdy Stilton needs the power of a good vintage port.
    AS I am 8 hours ahead, and my weekend has already begun, I have indulged with a little runny Brie and some blue veined Dolcelatte. Yes, here I had the very good company of a 1999 Geyserville.
    Bliss in a bottle.

    Enjoy YOUR weekend!

  3. Well, if you will continue with the British theme (started yesterday by the mention of Autumn and the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness), what better than to launch this with Wallace & Gromit and their favourite cheese, Wensleydale? This of course, was preceded by the Monty Pyton team and the Cheese shop sketch which begins….
    Monty Python’s Flying Circus – “Cheese Shop”
    [ from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, third season, first shown 30.11.1972 ]

    The Players:
    John Cleese – Mousebender;
    Michael Palin – Wensleydale;
    The Scene: An Edwardian-style shop which carries the signs:
    ‘Ye Olde Cheese Emporium’; ‘Henry Wensleydale, Purveyor of Fine Cheese to the Gentry and the Poverty Stricken Too’; ‘Licensed for Public Dancing’; Two men dressed as city gents are Greek dancing in the corner to the music of a bouzouki.
    Mousebender enters.

    It goes without saying that there is no fermented curd in that emporium ………

    I am also reminded that tthe Governance of France was described as impossible by one of their leaders because ” How can you expect to run a country where there are over 500 cheeses?”

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