Bellwether Farms Carmody was the first cheese that I brought in when the deli selection started changing. Bellwether is located in Sonoma Country, California, run by the Callahan Family, and makes only Italian inspired cheeses. The farm started by getting a few sheep to graze in the fields in order to keep the grasses down. In 1996 a trip to Milan, Italy planted the idea for Carmody. While in Milan the Callahan Family got to watch Gorgonzola being made and taste it in some very young stages. Surprised by the mild, creamy texture and the nice milky flavor they realized that a similar cheese could easily be marketed as a young cheddar or jack in the United States. So, Carmody was born. Made from Jerseys’ cow milk and given the name of the road that runs along Bellwether Farms.
This cheese makes a beautiful pairing with the Pear with Honey & Ginger preserve from Quince & Apple out of Wisconsin. To make an evening of it, include Jasci Atteso Pecorino. A medium-bodied white wine with cooked lemon flavors like curd and marmalade, it tames the ginger in the preserve and brings out the citrus tang in the cheese.