Favorite Cheeses of California

I've never met a cheese I didn't like, but these are the ones I actively crave. I love living in a place so rich with good food, especially cheese.
  1. Laura Chenel Chèvre
    Laura Chenel wanted to make goat cheese; no one else in America was doing it yet. To learn how, she had to learn from cheesemakers in France. So she taught herself to speak French. That's dedication.
  2. Pt. Reyes Blue
    Made by the Giacomini family in Marin since 2000 from milk from their own cows grazing on organic pastures.
  3. Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk
    The gold standard. Triple crème, rind washed with brine and white wine. Possibly the greatest American cheese.
  4. Humboldt Fog
    The vein of ask in the middle gives this goat cheese a chalky edge.
  5. Vella Dry Jack
    Screw you, Parmigiano-Reggiano, we don't need you! (I lied. Of course we need you. But this is a great grating cheese.)
  6. Acadinha Capricious
    Another hard cheese, this time from goat milk.
  7. Nicasio Square
    Semi-soft, creamy, like taleggio.
  8. Andante Cheddar
    Has amino crystals like a Parmigiano. Intensely delicious. All their cheeses are outrageously good, but I can't get enough of this.
  9. Bellwether Sheep Ricotta
    So creamy and mild. Two steps up from even the best cow ricotta.
  10. Redwood Hill Crottin
    Veiny and crinkly, and oh so good.
  11. Cypress Grove Purple Haze
    Fluffy chèvre dusted heavily all over with lavender and wild fennel pollen.🙌
    Suggested by   @molliekatzen
  12. Gioia burrata
    Made fresh is South El Monte every day.
    Suggested by   @Suzanne