Pierce Point from Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes, CA
This is not my first cheese from Cowgirl Creamery - I've had the Red Hawk a few times, and I'm a big fan of the Mount Tam, but I'd never had anything else from them, so when I saw this little herby bloomy round cheese sitting in the case, I snatched it up. For total honesty though, I have a major bias towards herby cheeses like this - the Julianna from Capriole was the first cheese I ever fell in love with, I pretty much always have some kind of herby chèvre on hand, and Fleur de Maquis had a place on literally every cheese board I made for....several months (haha). So I came into this with pretty high hopes that I would love it!
Bola de Ocosingo, from Chiapas, Mexico
This is a cheese I was CRAZY excited to try. The Bola de Ocosingo is a cheese from Chiapas, Mexico, and is mostly made by small co-ops or farmsteads in the region. It is not available in the United States (yet!! hopefully someday!), but I was fortunate to be able to get a little ball from Jessica Fernández, a super cool cheesemonger from Mexico. She works with Lactography, and knows all kinds of great info about Mexican artisan cheeses and when she came to visit New York, I asked her to bring me something, anything, cool and curdy from her home country. And she delivered!!
Sweet Emotions, from Lazy Lady Farm in Westfield, VT
This is not my first time trying a cheese from Lazy Lady Farm, so I had high hopes when trying this Sweet Emotions wheel for the first time. And fortunately, my high hopes were warranted because this little mixed milk dream is DELICIOUS!
Keep Dreaming, from Dorothy's in Lena, IL
Keep Dreaming is a beautiful little ash coated small format cow's milk wheel from Dorothy's is born out of a cheesemaker's dream to create a cheese that starts out creamy and grows in strength as it matures. In this aspect, I feel like Keep Dreaming is reasonably successful.