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APRIL 06, 2006
The Fog's Rollin' In

At a recent dinner party, I glimpsed genius in the form of a small half-wheel of cheese: Cypress Grove's signature Humboldt Fog Chevre.

I've been getting more and more into cheese, thanks in part to a few friends who insist on getting cheese plates whenever we hit spots like The Tasting Room and Bin Wine Cafe. And one genre I've fallen hard for is queso de cabra, a.k.a. goat cheese.

So when I saw the beautiful specimen sitting on the plate at the party, I had to dig in. What first attracted me was the pure white color surrounding a strip of gray that ran through the middle, truly looking like the morning fog rolling in. It reminded me of when I lived in San Francisco and gaze out my big bay windows onto Twin Peaks and watch this rolling mass of white heading my way.

But it was the taste of the award-winning wheel (it won a blue ribbon at the 2005 American Cheese Society Competition) that drew me in. Its soft texture and smooth and creamy flavor are such a delight on the palate. I went out and got some of my own and paired it with wasabi crackers, which was strangely delicious.

Cypress Grove has a whole line of chevre to delight your senses. I also enjoyed the Bermuda Triangle and Pee Wee Pyramid. But one thing I really appreciate about the cheese is that it is made among the statuesque redwoods of Humboldt County, California -- one of the most intense and magical places I've ever visited.

Humboldt Fog is available at Whole Foods as well as iGourmet.

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