It’s Cheese O’Clock in California

Last spring, cheese experts Janet Fletcher and Laura Werlin teamed up with cheesemakers and winemakers to bring attention to, as Werlin put it, “the great cheeses of America.” The virtual Cheese O’Clock series proved so crazy popular, they’re doing an encore with four themed wine and cheese tastings in November and December.

The Thursday Zoom sessions are free. But unless you like watching other people nibble, sip and swoon while you go cheese-less and wine deprived, you’ll want to purchase those blue-ribbon fromages and wine pairings ahead, so they’ll be on your doorstep in time to taste along.

Cheese selections are $65 for four or five cheeses. And we’re not talking petite wedges — the shipment for a recent session we joined included a round of Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam, a whole Nicasio Foggy Morning fromage blanc and more. The paired wines are $90 to $105 for two bottles, shipped straight from the wineries.

Tastings are on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Pacific (7 p.m. Eastern). Here’s what lies in store.

Clever Creations, Nov. 5: Join Markham Vineyards winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls and Green Dirt Farm cheesemaker Sarah Hoffman for a tasting of her Wooly Rind cheese, as well as Westfield Farms’ Classic Blue Log, LaClare Family Farms’ Cave-Aged Chandoka and Farm at Doe Run’s St. Malachi.

How the West Was Won, Nov. 12: MacRostie Winery winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen and Central Coast Creamery’s cheesemaker Reggie Jones, whose Ewenique cheese joins a lineup that also includes Laura Chenel’s Goat Brie, Beecher’s Cheese’s Flagship Reserve and Rogue Creamery’s Caveman Blue.

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Vermont Master Class, Nov. 19: Argyle Winery winemaker Nate Klostermann and Spring Brook Farm cheesemaker Jeremy Stephenson for a tasting of Spring Brook’s Reading, Vermont Creamery’s Bonne Bouche, Vermont Farmstead’s Lillé and Vermont Shepherd’s Invierno.Related Articles

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Four States, Five Stars, Dec. 3: Charles Krug Winery owner Peter Mondavi, Jr. and Deer Creek Cheese cheesemaker Chris Gentine for a tasting of Nicasio Valley Cheese Company’s Foggy Morning, Haystack Mountain Cheese’s Snowmass Raclette, Old Chatham’s Ewe’s Blue and Deer Creek Cheese’s Vat 17 Cheddar and The Imperial Buck.

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