“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
August 10, 2011 by schoolhousekat
This is a quote from the poet G.K. Chesterton, which I’ve always loved because it is so improbable. It does not have much to do with this post – the poetry part, anyway – but this is about a cheese that’s worthy of poetry, and of a stop if you’re touring Sonoma County.
St. George Cheese is an aged cow’s milk cheese made in the style of the island Sao Jorge in the Portuguese Azores by Joe and Mary Matos, who emigrated from there years ago. You can purchase it mail order for $8 a pound or buy it at the farm for $7 a pound. I recommend the farm.
The address is 3669 Llano Rd. in Santa Rosa. If you need mulch or dirt, Grab n Grow, home to the famously rich Mango Mulch, is right down the road at 2759, and Mick’s Door Shop, where we’ve been several times, is at 2900. There’s a sign on Llano Road where you turn and head down a dirt driveway. Just as you are starting to wonder if you are in the right place, you’ll see this sign on your left:
Keep going down the lane and pull in behind the house in back. Don’t mind the cows. Go inside (yes, that tiny door that looks like you’re walking into the back of someone’s house) and someone will come help you.
The packaging is beautifully simple:
See that weathered sign? That's what you're looking for
And the cheese is fantastic, with a texture like a firmer Havarti and a flavor that’s perfect – strong and memorable, but not sharp or smelly.
Simple, but pretty
Cheese worthy of poetry
It’s not unknown – over the years this cheese has gotten some good press. But you’ll still feel like you’re discovering a little known Sonoma County treasure. And you’ll get some really great cheese.