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Bellwether Farms
San Andreas

With a farmstead flock of 200 East Friesian sheep, Bellwether Farm recently returned to the use of animal rennet for this traditional raw sheep milk wheel. Available at 2 months, San Andreas is best aged to 4-5 months. Not too sharp or salty, but with a slight gamey flavor. The sweet clean quality of the milk is still present in this aged cheese, combined with the characteristic 'nutty' flavors of sheep's milk cheeses.

Just the facts

Country USA
Region California
Maker Bellwether Farms
Milk Type Sheep
Pasteurization Unpasteurized
Rennet Type Animal
Age 3-5 months
Cheese Type Manchego and Sheepy
Wheel Weight 3.5 lbs.
Pairing Recommendations

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  • Strong Beers

    Barleywine, Old Ale, Strong Ale, Scotch Ale

    Big and intense, with an alcohol punch to match, don’t underestimate any of these guys. Flavors will favor the malty side of the spectrum, with dark fruit, leather, and tobacco notes common. You will taste the booze. And it will be delicious.
    Pair with: A cheese equally big in flavor. Dunbarton Blue has subtle bluing and a savory-sweet gouda flavor that will be a perfect match for these tough brews.

  • Chianti

    Chianti is named for a region in Italy, and is actually made from a blend of grapes (mostly Sangiovese). This dry, medium-bodied wine has a distinct herbal quality (think rosemary and oregano) with flavors of dried plums and cherries.
    Pair with: An herb-crusted cheese like Hudson Flower or a young Tuscan Pecorino.

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Typically bright and lemony, with clean citrus flavors. Can also have grassy and vegetal aromas (think green bell pepper).

    Pair with: Soft, creamy goat milk cheeses, triple crèmes or mixed milk cheeses with a mineral edge, like Nettle Meadow Kunik or La Tur.

Meet The Maker

When the Callahan family needed a way to maintain the pastures of their Petaluma, California, land, they turned to the ravenous appetites of sheep, who kept the grasses of the land at bay, before the Callahans decided they might as well milk those cuddly lawnmowers. Visits to cheesemakers across Europe assured the family that diversity in cheesemaking and the impact of a land’s individual terroir was to be embraced, and embrace it they did with their balanced and savory sheep and cow’s milk cheeses.

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