How do you make gold medal cheeses even better? Pair them with fresh, seasonal fruit! Since the State Fair is a summer affair, our cheese pros have paired these winning California cheeses with sweet, ripe stone fruit to make the most of the season. Try a few and find your new favorite!
Laura Chenel’s Cabecou in Herbs (Gold) + Yellow Peach: These tangy goat cheese buttons are marinated in a rich blend of olive oil and herbs. Pair with ripe yellow peaches for a great savory and sweet combination.
Cypress Grove Purple Haze (Gold) + Yellow Nectarine: This fresh chèvre is blended with lavender and fennel pollen and makes for a lovely combination of flavors when matched with a rich, sweet nectarine.
Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog (Gold) + White Peach: Humboldt Fog has a rich paste that is a delicate balance of tangy, complex and earthy flavors. Pair with the sweetness of a peach to complete the flavor experience!
Bellwether Farms Crème Fraîche (Gold & Best of California) + White Nectarine: This tangy, French-style cultured cream has a rich, nutty flavor and slightly tart finish that’s perfectly accentuated by the sweetness in the nectarine.
Point Reyes Toma (Gold) + Red Plum: This delicate cow's milk cheese is simple with rich cream and fresh milk flavors plus just enough richness to balance the tartness of a fresh red plum.
Point Reyes Bay Blue (Gold & Best of Show) + Black Plum: This rich blue cheese has a fudgy texture, earthy notes and salted-caramel finish, perfect for pairing with the sweetness of a ripe black plum.
Fiscalini Farmstead Bandage Wrapped Cheddar (Gold & Best of California) + Pluot: This complex cheddar begins nutty, and mellows to a slightly smoky and earthy finish. Enjoy with pluots for a sweet summer pairing.
Selection varies by store.