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Cheese Lands 2015: White Wine Pairing Plate

This August 7-9, prepare yourself for a cheesy musical odyssey the likes of which you’ll be jazzed to hear about—culture: the word on cheese is partnering with Napa Valley winery Long Meadow Ranch to bring you Cheese Lands, your one-stop shop for cheesy treats at this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park! Each week until the event itself, we’ll dive deep into the six cheese and charcuterie plates we’ll have for sale; take a look at our main page for the full menu.

Everything is better with wine and cheese—and Outside Lands is no exception!

Once you’ve eaten through crunchy baguettes and smooth butter, the creamiest truffle burrata of all time, and some darn fine charcuterie at Cheese Lands, you might be looking for something to pair with that cool, refreshing glass of white wine. Well, we have exactly the cheese plate for you! (You’re shocked, we know).

Marin French Petite Crème

Marin French Petite Crème

The first morsel of white-wine-friendly goodness in our pairing plate comes from Marin French Cheese, just north of Cheese Lands (the entire city of San Francisco should be referred to as Cheese Lands, maybe always, but especially for this weekend) near Petaluma, CA. Part of their Petite offerings, the Petite Crème brie is the tiny version of their Triple Crème Brie. Triple Crème—need we say more? Probably not, but we’ll just add that these little guys have some earthy, mushroomy notes with a potent, salty flavor and melty, creamy insides.


To keep that little brie company, you’ll have Président Crottin, a mature goat cheese produced in the Loire Valley in France. The subtle flavors of the Crottin can vary, but you can expect these wrinkly little cylinders with a semi-soft inside to add some interest to your pairing plate.



To round out this tasty plate, you’ll have the Rivoire Jacquemin Comté. Comté is made in the Jura region of France and is one of France’s most popular PDO cheeses. The texture of Comté is smooth and dense with rich, complex flavors that can range from butter to pepper (and lots of things in between!).

And while we’d gladly eat plates and plates of these cheeses on their own, we’re happy this plate will also come with some fun accompaniments: Rustic Bakery Flatbread from Petaluma, CA, Effie’s Homemade Corncakes from Hyde Park, MA, and Friend in Cheeses Jam Co. Salted Watermelon Jelly from Santa Cruz, CA. More on those later!

With all that, this plate will be a festival all on its own!

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