It’s always a happy day here at Deli Market News when reports of new cheese hit the market. Marin French Cheese Co. is the latest cheesemaker to stun the shelves as it introduces its new Golden Gate cheese.
“Golden Gate offers a mature flavor that appeals to the evolving palates of today’s American consumers who are seeking nuanced profiles in their cheese,” said Marin French Cheese Marketing Director Manon Servouse. “This cheese has a true sense of place and is a delicious, tangible representation of our unique Marin County terroir.”
The product is a washed-rind and triple crème cheese and is the first in Marin’s new line of premium cheeses. Bearing a golden hue, the cheese is aptly named after the Golden Gate Bridge, the iconic gateway to Marin County where the creamery is located. The unique cultures naturally present in California’s coastal air result in an artisan cheese with a true sense of place.
According to the release, Golden Gate undergoes four rounds of hand washing in its 14-day aging process to lock in moisture that encourages the growth of Brevibacterium linens cultures. Multiple rounds of hand washing in brine score the cheese to help it develop the cultures and build an edible rind that preserves the cheese’s creamy texture and balances its earthy, rich flavor with just the right amount of salt. The striking orange rind occurs naturally without the use of added colorants like annatto. Throughout the process, Golden Gate is stored at optimal humidity and temperature.
“This dedication is what makes Golden Gate a truly artisanal cheese that’s interesting and enjoyable as it ages into a more pungent and gooier flavor profile for cheese aficionados, enthusiasts, and explorers,” commented Creamery Manager Caroline Di Giusto, adding that Golden Gate requires additional training with personal attention from the cheesemaking team.
Made in small batches, Golden Gate uses the highest-quality pasteurized milk from Holstein, Jersey, and Guernsey cows pastured at North Bay dairies located near the Marin French Cheese creamery. A triple crème cheese means that cream is added to the milk for a richer flavor and texture. The vibrant, edible orange rind reveals a supple, pale yellow interior with rich, botanical aromas and a deep savory flavor. Best enjoyed at room temperature, Golden Gate ranges from semi-soft, fudgy, and robust when young to earthier, oozing umami as it approaches its best-by date.
With an SRP of $13.99–$14.99 per 8 oz, we see this new release flying off the shelf in no time.
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