Log (Laura Chenel)
Now located in the state-of-the-art new creamery in Sonoma wine country, Laura Chenel's Chèvre has been in operation since the late 1970’s. Laura Chenel was one of a small group of women cheesemakers to spearhead the production of goat's milk cheeses in the United States. Having always been passionate about goats, Laura started her dairy in a former snail-processing plant in Santa Rosa, California. In 2006 she sold the company to French family cheese producers, Laiteries H. Triballat, who continue the tradition of Laura Chenel’s cheesemaking of both fresh and aged cheese. Milk for production comes from 16 different goat dairies, thirteen of which are in California and three in Nevada. High quality milk is crucial to excellent cheese production and the company has very close relationships with their producers to ensure excellent animal health, nutrition and general well being.
Laura Chenel’s Log was one of the first cheeses created by Chenel when the company started production. It is a fresh goat’s milk cheese, with no rind, that is extremely versatile and ideally used as an ingredient in dishes, for cooking or simply spread on toast or crackers. It comes in fresh, Orange Blossom Honey, Black Truffle and Crushed Olive flavor variations.
The texture is both dense and light with a bone white paste. Flavors are clean, fresh and cream-like with an underlying citrusy tang.
For this cheese, stick with a light wine, such as a dry chenin blanc or a fruit-forward sauvignon blanc. Pilsners and wheat beers also make excellent pairings.