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Jul 25, 2006 06:12 PM

Cheese Classes and/or Tours

Can anyone recommend places in the city and beyond that offer cheese classes? Also, any artisinal makers in the area that offer tours?

My brother, a self-professed cheese head, is coming to visit and it would be fun to take him to a class or a cheesemaker.


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  1. Here's a link to the report from the chowound cheese tour three years ago. Even more things to see now.

    1. Go to Tomales Bay Foods in Pt. Reyes and take the tour at Cowgirl Creamery. They have a website where you can get more info. Afterwards you can drive to the Marin French Cheese Company on the way to Petaluma and take their tour too.

      1. Well, if your brother likes wine with his cheese and you fancy a visit to the Napa Valley, you might be interested in the Artisan Wine & Cheese Intensive at Darioush Winery. I haven't tried it but I've been very curious about it.

        1. In Pescadero, I enjoyed the tour and goat cheese at Harley Farm last year. Their cheese is sometimes topped with edible flowers and in some SF stores. The tour walks you through baby goat care, milking and cheesemaking.

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          1. re: rln

            I tasted a couple of their cheeses at The Golden Glass, a "slow food" event earlier this Summer. Very tasty, and the couple working the booth was very enthusiastic. It's just so difficult to get out to the farm on a weekend when everyone is going to the beach. Perhaps now that it has cooled down...

            1. re: Jefferson

              I used to work out that way and inquired about a tour. I believe I was told it was $25/person, no tasting. They have since changed their web site and say to contact them for pricing and availability, so perhaps they've changed the cost. I felt like $25 was too spendy for me, even as much as I love supporting local farms and their cheese.

          2. Surprised no one has mentioned Sonoma Square -- home of Ig Vella's Sonoma Dry Jack and his daughter, Ditty's, amazing store, The Cheesemaker's Daughter. Two great cheese stops within a 3 minute walk of each other...