The cheese this week is Old Kentucky Tomme. It comes to us from Judy at Capriole in Greenville, Indiana. This is a raw goat's milk cheese aged for five to six months. It has a very clean slightly sharp acidity to it, and is creamy on the tongue. Capriole is a farmsteading company. Their goats are raised there, milked there, and the cheese is all made on-site. A lot of care goes into the goat's livelihood, and into the cheese.
We're pairing an apple wine from Hickory Creek with the cheese. Apple wine is an old time Michigan treat, made from heirloom apples, but don't confuse this with a cider. There is a slight sweetness to the wine without being cloying. It is well balanced with flavors of juicy apple and a slight spiciness.
To make the pairing complete is a little bit of honey from Blooming Tree farmstead honey from St. Joseph. Honey loves goat cheese, and gives the apple wine a great kick! Come in this weekend and give them a taste then take some to enjoy on your picnic.