Name: Green Hill
Producer: Sweet Grass Dairy (Thomasville, Georgia)
Milk: Pasteurized Cow
Age: 3-6 weeks
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.