The Cheese Monger: Sweet Grass Dairy's "Green Hill"

The Cheese Monger: Sweet Grass Dairy's "Green Hill"

Name: Green Hill Producer: Sweet Grass Dairy (Thomasville, Georgia) Milk: Pasteurized Cow Age: 3-6 weeks Price: $7.00-$14.99 A tawny port with a double-cream cheese? Who would have ever thought of such a thing? Certainly not I. So when fellow Georgians Dow's Port said that people should pair their product with Sweet Grass Dairy's "Green Hill" cheese, I had to investigate. Green Hill is a mild, rich, double-cream with a soft bloomy rind. The interior is buttery and a little bit salty, while the rind is beautifully chewy. I find it lends a slight sour taste which balances well with it's natural sweetness. Green Hill isn't a cheese that will send you reeling back from it's flavor, it's simply "pleasant" and sometimes that's just right. A truly beautiful snack could be made with some Green Hill, a baguette and dried fruit, particularly cranberries. The weather's getting warmer and I can't imagine a better beginning to a nice picnic. So would I agree with the pairing recommended by Dow's? Truthfully, I can't. A strong port would simply overpower this cheese and, though it wouldn't be a disasterous pairing, I don't believe it would let the flavor of the cheese itself be realized. Instead, I would go with a drier Riesling or perhaps a glass of Champagne. The mixture of the cheese and the bubbly would be pure decadence. A wheel of Green Hill is available for $7.00 from Sweet Grass Dairy or $14.99 at Murray's Cheese.
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