Located along the Northern California Coast in Sonoma County, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is a goat dairy and creamery producing artisanal cheeses, yogurts, kefir, sour cream and other specialty dairy products. The farm and creamery are owned and operated by Jennifer Bice.
In 1978 at the age of 23, Jennifer Bice took over the goat farm from her parents, who had established it as part of the “back to the land movement” of the sixties. Over time, her interest in dairy goats and artisanal foods led her to become an award-winning goat breeder and cheesemaker.
Her herd of Saanen, Alpine, Nubian and La Mancha dairy goats was the first to become Certified Humane in the U.S., which is considered the gold standard in third-party certification for animal welfare. The farm and creamery are fully powered with renewable solar energy via a large array of solar panels – one of many sustainability programs Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery has in place.
California Crottin is Redwood Hill Farm's take on the French goat cheese classic Crottin de Chavignol. It's a 3 oz. nugget of goat cheese with a wrinkled rind formed by the colonization of its Geotrichum mold.
California Crottin has a cream-colored, wrinkly rind, a fluffy, velvety paste and a robust flavor profile. Firming and drying as they age, the small rounds are earthy and rich, with a lingering taste of mushroom on the tongue.
California Crottin pairs well with Dry Rose, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc wines.