How to pick the perfect cheese

March 17, 2009 4:32:45 PM PDT
Laura Werlin, the author of "Laura Werlin's Cheese Essentials: An Insiders Guide to Buying and Serving Cheese," gives tips on how to pick the right cheese.

Featured cheeses:

  • Cowgirl Creamery "Mt. Tam"
  • Redwood Hill "California Crottin"
  • Fiscalini Cheese "Bandage-Wrapped Cheddar"
  • Vella Cheese Company "Dry Jack"
  • Pt. Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company "Original Blue"
Featured wines:
  • 2006 Keller Estates "Plata de Oro" Chardonnay
  • 2007 Black Kite Cellars "Kite's Rest" Pinot Noir
  • 2006 Arrowood Select Late-Harvest White Riesling, Saralee's Vineyard
Tips for pairing cheese and wine
  • Pair Brie-like cheeses with un-oaked or lightly-oaked chardonnay or pinot noir
  • Pair semi-hard cheeses such as cheddar and aged Monterey Jack with red wines
  • Pair dessert wines with blue cheeses
About Laura Werlin
Recognized as one of the country's foremost authorities on American cheese and author of award-winning books on the subject. Laura considers herself an ambassador for American cheese. As she spreads the word about the cheeses made in this country helps her audience develop a deeper appreciation for these cheeses and for the cheesemakers who work so hard to make them. Her most recent book is called Laura Werlin's Cheese Essentials: An Insiders Guide to Buying and Serving Cheese (With 50 recipes).
Website: www.laurawerlin.com
Buy her book on Amazon: Laura Werlin's Cheese Essentials: An Insiders Guide to Buying and Serving Cheese

About Artisan Cheese Festival
The Third Annual California's Artisan Cheese Festival returns with a spectacular line-up of educational seminars, cooking demonstrations and a vibrant marketplace featuring esteemed artisan cheese makers, experts, authors, and chefs. The much anticipated four-day festival takes place March 20 - 23, 2009 at the Sheraton Sonoma County - Petaluma. For a complete schedule of events, a full list of participants and to purchase tickets visit: www.artisancheesefestival.com.

The nonprofit festival is a celebration of the continuing evolution in artisan cheesemaking and brings together local cheese producers and consumers who are working in concert to grow the artisan food landscape.


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