The Farm At Doe Run St. Malachi
St. Malachi took home second-place Best in Show at the 2016 ACS, and then once again won the blue ribbon in its category the next year. What makes this cheese so remarkable? Its deeply satisfying flavors of brown butter, pineapple, and coconut certainly have a lot to do with it. This flavor dense wheel is the result of American cheesemaking at its best. It’s made on a farm that practices sustainable, organic farming and rotational grazing, meaning the cheese starts as the finest milk imaginable. The wheels are then aged in stoned caves right on site, turning St. Malachi into something indubitably divine.
Just the Facts
Chenin BlancCrisp and acidic with light minerality. You may smell stone fruit, apples, pear, quince, even some fresh herbs.
Pair with: Tangy Loire Valley goat cheese to bring out crisp, mineral qualities in both. Something like Selles-sur-Cher will work perfectly!
RieslingThis food-friendly wine ranges from super sweet to quite dry. Acidity, minerality, and aromas of tropical fruit are almost always present.
Dry: Characterized by bracing acidity and stark minerality. Tropical fruit on the nose, stunningly balanced flavor overall.
Pair with: This versatile wine works equally well with a fresh chevre (bringing out acidity) as it does a stinker like Willoughby (playing up the sweet/salty contrast).
Sweet: The other end of the spectrum offers a cloyingly sweet, syrupy wine. Aromas of ripe peaches and tropical fruit dominate, along with floral, perfumed accents.
Pair with: With something this strong it’s best to contrast the sweetness with something funky or salty: A pungent washed rind like Grayson or a punchy blue like Bleu du Bocage.
Rye WhiskeySpicy with full-bodied flavor and a little earthiness, Rye Whiskeys pair well with harder cheese, like Guryere, Gouda, or Paramigiano-Reggiano. It’s spice and robust flavor will also cut through rich cheese, like Camembert.