Proper British Cheese From William Cofield Cheesemakers

We have a new event at the Market called Layover. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, we stay open until 9:00 PM and people “Layover” while waiting for a table at one of the great restaurants here on Main St. in Guerneville. Yummy bites are served along with $8 glasses of amazing wines.

Last Friday we decided to give people the chance to “upgrade” to a tasty dinner. The menu offered up lemon and rosemary roasted chicken wings; roasted potatoes, carrots and shallots; and tasty salad dressed with the Market’s Champagne Vinaigrette.

Of course we had to find local blue cheese for the creamy dressing that was served with the wings. A quick search on Google for “Blue Cheese West Sonoma County” resulted in William Cofield Cheesemakers. The cheesemaking facility and retail shop is located The Barlow, which features local food, wine, beer, spirits and crafts made onsite by Sonoma County artisans.

So the story goes… WM Cofield brings together two old friends – one a winemaker, one a cheesemaker and both at the top of their game. Their reunion now produce some amazing cheese that is not to be missed and must be tasted.

Keith Adams and Rob Hunter, founders of William Cofield Cheesemakers feature two tasty and exciting cheeses: a complex, Stilton-inspired blue and a lush, cloth-bound aged Cheddar.

And for the more mild and playful at heart, William Cofield offers the squeakiest cheese curds this side of the Wisconsin border. We actually served up the cheese curds over a biscuit with our house made gravy (think Poutine Big Bottom Market style). All three cheeses make use of certified organic milk from grass-fed cows in nearby Petaluma.

The blue, the aged cheddar and the curds serve as the latest in the prize-winning canon of cheesemaker Keith Adams,

whose own work and reputation with Alemar Cheese gave him valued access to master cheesemakers in the U.S., Canada and England.  He created William Cofield Cheesemakers with wine country luminary Rob Hunter, former winemaker for Markham, Sterling, and for the past 12 years, Bennett Lane Winery. Rob brings to William Cofield Cheesemakers the same gift of precision and detail that defined his wines and established his name worldwide.

The result is a taste experienc

e that meets the exact demands of proper British style cheese.

We highly recommend a visit to The Barlow and a taste of the cheeses that Keith and Rob are making.

Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Makes 2 1/4 cups

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup crumbled WM Cofield Maytag Blue or other blue cheese

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons sour cream

Zest of one lemon

1/4 teaspoon soy sauce

Kosher and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, 1/4 cup blue cheese, heavy cream sour cream, lemon zest, and soy sauce.

Gently stir in the remaining 1/4 cup blue cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste. You can use immediately (believe me you will want to) or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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