Quick Bite: Cypress Grove Fog Lights

Looking for a cheese that will satisfy both casual curd consumers and true turophiles? Cypress Grove Fog Lights shines a clear path to any cheeseboard.

Like its more famous brother, Humboldt Fog, Fog Lights uses a layer of carbonized vegetable ash on the rind, giving the small wheel a cake-like appearance. Beneath the surface is where this cheese takes on a life of its own. As it reaches room temperature, the outer paste becomes soft and runny while the center remains light and pillowy in texture.

The goaty flavors are light yet complex on the tongue. From the rind’s earthy mushroom overtones to the bright, grassy taste of the gooey first layer and finally the zesty, lemon tang of the middle, Fog Lights really delivers. Not too assertive for the more timid taster, yet shows great character for the more bold bite. Easily the black dress of cheeses for any occasion.

Pair with seasonal apples, a sliced baguette, and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

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