Given it’s name, San Andreas, from Bellwether Farms, is far more subtle and smooth than the geological fault line for which it is named. You probably won’t experience any earthquakes in your mouth, but you will enjoy yourself as you consume it.
San Andreas is a raw sheep’s milk Pecorino-style cheese, made with the milk of East Friesian Sheep on the Bellwether farm, along the Pacific Coast in Sonoma County, California. Owned by the Callahan family, Cindy and Ed started the cheesemaking operation, before their son Liam came on board and took over the job of crafting their fine cheeses. Cindy and Ed spent time in Italy, working with farmstead cheesemakers, and it shows in their product.
Made in the style of a Tuscan Pecorino, with a smooth golden rind, the paste is ivory-hued and scattered with eyes, smooth and creamy in texture. The flavor is mild, sweet and tangy, with the trademark sheep’s milk gamey characteristics, nutty and grassy notes, and a pleasantly sour finish.
Bellwether Farms also makes sheep’s milk yogurt in a variety of flavors. While it is in no way “diet” food (sheep’s milk has close to twice the fat and protein of cow or goat’s milk, which is why it’s so great for cheesemaking), it is delicious!
Purchased at Murray’s.