Located in Northern California’s Sonoma County, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is both a goat dairy and a creamery, producing specialty dairy products owned and operated by Jennifer Lynn Bice along with fifty-five dedicated employees. Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery was started by Jennifer’s parents in 1968 while she and her brothers and sisters were raising dairy goats in 4-H. Jennifer and her late husband, Steven Schack took over in 1978. In addition to a passionate interest in raising and milking dairy goats, Jennifer also continues to develop and maintain an excellent genetics program. The herd has won many National Champions and Top Ten milking awards and produces seed stock for breeders across the US, Canada, and Mexico. Redwood Hill Farm was the first goat dairy in the US to be Certified Humane®, which is considered to be the gold standard in third-party certification for humane animal treatment. Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is committed to sustainability. They have recently installed solar energy systems, which offset 100% of the projected energy needs of the creamery and the farm. Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery’s primary focus is on making natural artisanal cheeses, yogurts, kefir, and other specialty dairy products. Milk for production is sourced from their own dairy along with a number of other carefully selected local goat dairies. The milk is produced from Alpine, Nubian, La Mancha and Saanen dairy goats. Inspired by Camembert, Cameo is a bloomy rind cheese covered with fresh herbs and red peppercorns. When young, Cameo has a mild buttery flavor similar to that of Camellia, another of Redwood Hill Farm’s cheeses.
As it matures, Cameo changes character, developing an herbal flavor and an unctuous interior. Cameo won the Best in Show award at the California State Fair in 2011.
It pairs nicely with Sparkling Wines, dry Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir.