After working for years in product development and quality control in industrial cheese production settings, cheesemaker Reggie Jones finally decided to branch off on his own and pursue small-scale artisanal production. He founded Central Coast Creamery in Paso Robles, CA in 2008. Today he specializes in producing aged cheeses that are handmade in small batches using local California milk and organic ingredients.
Dream Weaver is Jones' first washed rind cheese. “I’ve had the recipe in my head for a long time. I knew it would be good, but it turned out even better than what I thought we could do. The flavor profile is tremendous.”
The basket weave on the exterior of the roughly three-pound wheels is partially what inspired its evocative moniker. “We’re always looking for something that people will remember, and I don’t think there’s a more catchy song than Dream Weaver,” says Jones. “Every time we tell somebody the name of this cheese, they start singing it.”
The pudgy, yeasty goat’s milk cheese is stinky but approachable, sweet and creamy, with a rind that’s dry to the touch.
Erin Harris, ACS CCP and cheese specialist, suggests pairing this cheese with a sweet and tangy tomato jam. "The jam will help to cut through all of that richness in the cheese, and together create a nice balance of sweet and savory," she says.