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Cowgirl Creamery Drake cheese sighting

mrs bacon Mar 23, 2011 05:33 PM

Bryan's in Laruel Village had the elusive SF Drake this afternoon.

Cowgirl Creamery - Petaluma Facility
105 H St, Petaluma, CA 94952

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    Ridge RE: mrs bacon Mar 27, 2011 09:48 AM

    I love this cheese. It’s rarely available but we always keep a lookout or it. We found some at the Cheeseboard in Berkeley yesterday. When we sampled it our response was: WOW! Good cheeses vary from batch to batch and this particular batch tastes spectacular. We bought a round which we will enjoy tonight.

    1. wolfe RE: mrs bacon Mar 27, 2011 10:00 AM

      Thanks mrs bacon. First check at the Cheeseboard and it wasn't there yet, next morning at 10 grabbed the first round. The price is still $23.75 a pound, what I paid last year, or about $13 a round.

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        Pandora RE: mrs bacon Mar 27, 2011 04:35 PM

        They had several rounds at Haight Street Market yesterday also. I was tempted, but didn't get any.

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          bgbc RE: mrs bacon Mar 29, 2011 08:35 PM

          Rainbow has it too -- as of Tuesday midday. Wholes and halves. Not sure of the price...

          Rainbow Grocery
          1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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            mrs bacon RE: bgbc Mar 30, 2011 09:26 AM

            From what I understand, cheese will stop aging when cut, so make sure those halves are nice and ripe before buying.

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            drinkmoretang RE: mrs bacon Apr 2, 2011 07:39 PM

            As of early afternoon today, only half rounds available at Cheeseboard.

            I'm still amazed by how good this cheese is each time I'm fortunate enough to come across it.

            1. Melanie Wong RE: mrs bacon Apr 3, 2011 12:34 AM

              Last Sunday this was one of the "sale" cheeses at Cowgirl's booth at the San Rafael civic center farmers market, marked down to $12 from $14. already sold out at the time I was there, but maybe there's more and it might reappear today.

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                alfairfax RE: Melanie Wong Apr 3, 2011 01:39 PM

                Nope, none there today.

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                  jmconcierge RE: alfairfax Apr 3, 2011 05:36 PM

                  Just came back from Rainbow, 4 1/2 wheels left there if anyone's interested...

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                jmconcierge RE: mrs bacon Apr 3, 2011 12:16 PM

                I picked a wheel up @ the ferry building yesterday at around 1000am, and the monger there told me they still have quite a bit available.

                I'm going to cut into it tonight. I've never had it before- any pairing suggestions from those who have?

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                  wolfe RE: jmconcierge Apr 3, 2011 12:50 PM

                  I found a tasting note which could give a hint.
                  "François Chidaine 2005 Montlouis Moëlleux (Late Harvest Chenin Blanc) paired with the Cowgirl Creamery's Sir Francis Drake"

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                    jmconcierge RE: wolfe Apr 3, 2011 01:04 PM

                    Beautiful! I'm off to BevMo...


                2. wolfe RE: mrs bacon Apr 4, 2011 04:49 PM

                  4/4/11 at 4:26 2 rounds of SFD at the Country Cheese on Hopkins, 1 felt very ripe one somewhat less.

                  Country Cheese
                  1578 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA

                  1. Caitlin McGrath RE: mrs bacon Apr 8, 2011 06:59 PM

                    Saw a couple this afternoon at the self-serve counter at Berkeley Bowl East, plus one half cut and wrapped in plastic (less than ideal), all priced at $28.99/lb.

                    Berkeley Bowl
                    2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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                      bgbc RE: Caitlin McGrath Apr 9, 2011 09:29 PM

                      About 10 wholes at Whole Foods Berkeley yesterday. $29.99/lb. I bought the one half there.

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                      lrealml RE: mrs bacon Apr 17, 2011 09:07 PM

                      Bought half of one at Faletti today. It was expensive at $29.99/lb.... They had quite a few more.

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                        bgbc RE: mrs bacon Apr 27, 2011 10:49 AM

                        FWIW, I asked at Lake Merritt FM stand last Saturday (4/23) and the woman there said it was done -- no more.

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                          wolfe RE: bgbc Apr 27, 2011 01:23 PM

                          Until next time.

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                            Ridge RE: wolfe Apr 27, 2011 10:09 PM

                            We got another wheel about a week ago and also some Red Hawk. It seems like the Drake is in-between their Mt. Tam and Red Hawk. It was interesting to eat side by side with the Red Hawk. The Red Hawk is creamier and has a more assertive funk. The Drake has an irresistible and very delicious intense buttery-cheesy flavor and silky texture. It’s a very well rounded and satisfying cheese.

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                              Robert Lauriston RE: Ridge Apr 28, 2011 09:17 AM

                              The Sir Francis Drake reportedly starts out the same way as the Mt. Tam but something different happens with the culture so they age it differently.

                        2. daveena RE: mrs bacon Aug 1, 2011 06:23 AM

                          They had it at the Cowgirl Creamery stand at the Oakland Grand Lake Farmer's Market on Saturday, about $16/ round (I guess there was more variance in size in this batch - they varied by a dollar or two, depending on weight). Found it had a slight, almost blue cheese tang. Interesting cheese, though I think I like a properly ripened Red Hawk more.

                          Cowgirl Creamery - Petaluma Facility
                          105 H St, Petaluma, CA 94952

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                            mdougherty RE: daveena Aug 27, 2011 11:39 AM

                            They had a few rounds at Grand Lake again today.

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                              lrealml RE: mdougherty Aug 29, 2011 11:12 PM

                              Got some at cowgirl in the ferry building on Sat. It is really great.

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                                Ridge RE: lrealml Sep 13, 2011 08:34 PM

                                We got a wheel the previous weekend at the cheeseboard in Berkeley. We ate it on Sunday. First with a toasted baguette. Then we tried it on its own. WOW! This is definitely a cheese that is better to eat by itself. No bread, no crackers. It was so amazing! It has an intense concentrated cheese flavor that makes my taste buds smile.

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