Cheese: Cypress Grove Midnight Moon

Cypress Grove is one of the most sought after and award winning creameries in North America, specializing in Goat’s milk and Sheep’s milk cheeses. Midnight Moon is a hard goat’s milk chevre reported to be aged six months or more.The production of Cypress Grove’s Midnight Moon is overseen by Mary Keehnin Holland as a goat’s milk style of aged gouda… who better to evoke help for gouda than the dutch! This pale, ivory cheese is firm, dense and smooth with the slight graininess of a long-aged cheese. The flavor is nutty and brown-buttery, with prominent caramel notes. The wheel is finished in a beautiful black wax.

My recommendation for wine pairings are 1) Tony Coturri’s Frieberg Vineyard Zinfandel, 2) Page Cellars Proprietary Red Blend, or 3) A bright, crisp Fatesca out of Moldova.

With any of these wines and Cypress Grove’s Midnight Moon, try a dense fig and hazelnut paste served over the cheese for an added depth of flavor!

Bon Appetite!


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