Cheese-a-Topia favorites: Blues


How about some blues? I’ve written about a lot of the good ones in this category over the years so here are two that surprised me.

North Hendren Cooperative Dairy Black River Caraway Blue. All I can say is, I never thought of putting caraway in blue cheese but it was surprisingly good.
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This was the biggest surprise though. My cheese buddy and fellow cheese judge Emi was judging the blues as I walked by and he said you have to try this. I looked at it and thought to myself, “Wow, that looks like the Blue cheese that Bravo Farms used to make years ago.” When I tasted it, I thought, “It tastes a lot like that cheese, but much creamier and with a much bigger blue flavor. Oh, how we need a high fat/high moisture blue in California… I wonder who makes this.”

During the awards ceremony, I couldn’t wait for the winner of the “Blue-veined made from cow’s milk with a rind or external coating” category to be announced, because whatever it was already on my list of cheeses to seek out after the conference.

What a shock when I found out it was the Bravo Bl’u!* Evidently they started making it again, although in such small quantities that it is not in distribution. Pretty!
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If you’re in the Central Valley, stop by the farm store and pick some up. He’s the Bravo Owner Bill with some unidentified cheese person “borrowing” his blue ribbon for a picture.
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*no, I don’t understand the apostrophe either

One response to “Cheese-a-Topia favorites: Blues

  1. that was definitely a highlight for me. wish you could’ve seen it when we first unwrapped it (think you were hitting the little judges room at the time or on a break of some sort) such a unique and beautiful thing!

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