Chèvre, Fresh (Redwood Hill)
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.
Redwood Hill's Chèvre is a fresh, light-textured goat cheese that is similar to cream cheese, but softer and fluffier. Currently, there are four flavors available: Traditional, Garlic Chive, Roasted Chili and Three Peppercorn.
The traditional flavor is mild, fresh, and slightly sweet, with a refreshing tang. The other flavors add savory, smoky and peppery notes to the cheese. This Chèvre can be used as a dip, or in sauces or salads. The traditional flavor is also an excellent addition to desserts such as cheesecake or ice cream.
There are a wide variety of applications and pairings for this fresh Chèvre, depending on how it is used. If used for baking or a dessert, it pairs well with a Riesling. The Chèvre also pairs wonderfully with accompaniments such as dates, olives, or mild fruit chutneys.