There are so many ways to enjoy goat cheese, and an amazing variety of tastes and textures to explore. Yet from mild to tangy, and from crumbly to semi-soft, all goat cheese offers an earthy richness that we love.
You can incorporate goat cheese into almost any meal with ease – as a spread for toasted bagels; to enhance the savory flavor of baked pasta recipes; as a substitute for cream cheese in dips; to enhance the creamy richness of cheesecake; or as an indulgent topping on your favorite salads, particularly those featuring fresh fruit and nuts.
While the full, rich taste of goat cheese might seem decadent, it’s actually lower in fat, calories, and cholesterol than cheese made from cow’s milk. Goat cheese also has fewer milk proteins than cheese made from cow’s milk, so it’s easier to digest. All the more reason to fall in love with the many fabulous flavors of goat cheese.
Noteworthy Features & Fantastic Flavors
As we celebrate the rich and varied flavors of Goat Cheese throughout August, it’s a great time to explore some of our favorite selections from across the country and around the world. Don't miss our wine or beer pairing recommendations for each uniquely delicious cheese.
Vermont Creamery Herb Chevré Fresh goat cheese from Vermont Creamery is rolled in Herbs de Provence spices to create the perfect topping for a fresh-from-the-oven baguette. This sublimely creamy cheese has an earthy, herbal flavor that lingers on the palate. PAIRING: King Estate Pinot Gris - flavors of honeydew, pear, wild honey and lime zest framed by mineral notes distinguish this refreshing Pinot Gris.
Vermont Creamery Classic Chevré Vermont Creamery is dedicated to crafting a variety of goat-milk cheeses in the European style. Their creamy and mild Classic Chevré is made from locally collected goats’ milk from family farms in Vermont and New Hampshire. PAIRING: Harpoon UFO White - a light, delicious and easy drinking Belgian style wheat beer brewed with orange peel and distinctive spice notes.
Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog Grande This much-loved cheese from California was one of the earliest soft-ripened goat cheeses made in America. Each handcrafted wheel is distinguished by a layer of edible vegetable ash for an earthy flavor that intensifies as the cheese matures, enhancing the contrasts of the herbal notes and the rich, buttery cream. PAIRING: Astoria Prosecco DOC - a light and lovely Prosecco with flavors of pear and apple, floral notes on the nose and a creamy, well-balanced finish.
Cypress Grove Goat Cheese Disks Explore an assortment of soft, creamy goat cheese medallions enhanced by evocative tastes of herbs. From the summery dill flavor of PsycheDillic to the unique lavender and fennel flavor of Purple Haze, these creamy disks of fresh goat cheese are hand made in limited quantities from the highest quality goats’ milk. PAIRING: Elouan Pinot Noir - berry notes blend beautifully with cranberry, cinnamon and red plum in this bright, ruby red Pinot Noir with soft tannins.
The Fresh Market Plain Goat Log Using 100% pure goat’s milk from family farms creates a creamy cheese with a mild, tangy flavor. This versatile cheese is equally delicious crumbled over salads and pasta or served warm and spread on toast points. PAIRING: Longboard Island Lager - a smooth beer with a slightly spicy hop aroma, Longboard Island Lager is fermented and aged at cold temperatures for silky flavor and a malty body.
The Fresh Market Garlic & Herb Goat Log This flavorful treat goes beyond your garden-variety goat cheese! Rich and creamy cheese is rolled in crushed garlic and hand-picked herbs for an earthy flavor that lingers on the palate. Enjoy it with green olives and hearty, seeded crackers. PAIRING: Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc - supple flavors of apricot and nectarine create a balanced wine that is both crisp and complex, finishing with rich flavor and a hint of minerality.
The Fresh Market Honey Goat Log Honey adds a touch of tradition and a dash of sweetness to the bright, tangy flavor of this rich goat cheese. Serve it with almonds and fresh mint to create a cheese board sensation. PAIRING: Duvel Belgian Ale - a strong golden ale with unique brewing process that results in dry and slightly fruity taste balanced with a hint of spiciness and a slightly bitter, hoppy finish.
Mitica The Drunken Goat Cheese Bathed in a rich, double-fermented wine, this traditional Spanish cheese is aged to soften the tangy flavors typical of goat’s milk cheese. The result is a not-to-be-missed semi-soft cheese that is mild and mellow with a slightly fruity finish. PAIRING: Tarima Hill Monastrell - intense flavors of blackberries, plums and mineral notes distinguish this Spanish Monastrell (Mourvèdre) with an elegant, lingering finish.
Orange Windmill Gouda Goat Cablanca An impressive import from The Netherlands that's made from 100% pure, pasteurized goat’s milk, this cheese has a firm form and rich, creamy texture. You’ll notice a delicate, citrus-y “tang”, but the taste is milder and sweeter than cheese made from unpasteurized milk. PAIRING: Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling - a crisp and refreshing Riesling from Washington State with aromas of apple, lime and orange, subtle mineral tones, and a long, lightly sweet finish.