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Great 28 Pairings: Natural Wine


Natural wine is many different things, with an ever-evolving definition. The bullet points everyone can agree on include organically-grown grapes, minimal filtration, no added sugars, colorings, or sulfites, and absolutely no lab-cultivated yeasts. Die-hards maintain even more rules, such as stipulating the grapes must be hand-picked, but this is where the natural wine umbrella gets […]

The Road South: In Search of Mexico’s Wine Country


Photos by Benjamin Wheatley  My sister looked skeptical.“I don’t think this is the way,” she said. I looked down at Google Maps. The twisting network of roads meandered aimlessly with no real point of orientation. Looking up at the steep, dirt hill ahead and the cloud of dust that had gathered, I agreed with her […]

Cambozola Black Label Cheese Sauce


As a kid, my mother taught us the value of creativity in the kitchen: sometimes to stretch a dollar and other times to use the ingredients around us to feed our large family. I’ve used that same creativity as part of DPI Specialty Foods for the past 30 years. DPI Specialty Foods is a wholesale […]

Best Cheeses 2019: Sheep’s Milk


Photographed by Nina Gallant; Styled by Erin Riley ARIES SHOOTING STAR CREAMERY PASO ROBLES, CALIF. Shooting Star Creamery’s debut cheese was a standout at this year’s American Cheese Society Judging and Competition, taking Third Place Best of Show. Having made cheese with her parents at their celebrated Central Coast Creamery, 15-year-old Avery Jones created her […]

Cheese Goals


Illustrations by Erin Wallace We’re not big on overly-ambitious New Year’s resolutions here at culture. We’ve put together some attainable goals for 2020 you’ll have no trouble achieving—all you need is cheese! DIY Cheese As a millennial, I should probably DIY more. I should be feeding my own sourdough starter, bottling my own kombucha, and […]

Rising Star: Avery Jones


Photographed by Jennifer Olson When Avery Jones’s phone rang at midnight on August 2, 2019, she was in bed at the University of Edinburgh. It was lights out, but Avery wasn’t sleeping. She’d flown to Scotland just a few days prior with her high school theater group, who’d been selected to perform in the largest […]

Cheese Plate Renaissance


Though American palates may sometimes struggle with French dishes, the cheese course—a longstanding French custom—is one tradition that translates beautifully. “All over France, it’s uncommon to see a menu without a cheese course,” says Emma Young, wholesale manager at French affineur and exporter Mons Cheesemongers. French tradition prescribes that cheese plates are enjoyed either between […]

Cheese Plate: Cool Blue


Few things divide turophiles like blue  cheese; creamy wedges laced with blue and green veins either make people lick their lips in anticipation or scurry away with a quick “no, thanks.” Grace Pullin, head cheesemonger at Talbott & Arding in Hudson, New York, says that encouraging customers to try even a mild blue requires a […]

California Artisan Cheese Festival

California (Cheese) Dreamin’


Come along with the Culture team as we fly cross-country to sunny California to spend the weekend at a cheese festival.

California Telere

Teleme: Franklin’s Edition


I’m driving through dense morning fog in California’s San Joaquin Valley, slowly maneuvering my car, searching for road signs and landmarks scribbled down on the back of an old envelope. My eyes spot the sun, a white orb only slightly brighter than the dewy air around it. I can look directly at it without squinting.   This hazy valley is the heart of California Big Ag country. It’s home to the World Ag Expo, the largest milk processing center in California, and […]