Monday, August 9, 2010

The Closed Cheese Tour

We had a great time exploring the counties of Sonoma, Napa, and Marin today. The landscape is rather arid, but the rolling hills and perfectly ordered rows of grapevines are stunning.

After several wrong turns, we finally reached the Marin french cheese factory. We sprinted to the bathrooms, raced into the showroom and breathlessly asked, "where should we meet for the tour"? The response - there are no tours on Mondays.

Sure, we spent an extra hour in the car, but guess what the best part was - free samples!

The Marin French Cheese Factory, also known as Rouge et Noir, is the oldest operational cheese factory in the state of California (established in 1865). We tried the brie, the breakfast cheese, the blue, and the schloss. They were all delicious, but I enjoyed the flavor of the brie the most. Here is the link, if you're interested.

The cheese was really delicious, and the drive was enjoyable - I'll post on our time at Kendall-Jackson wineries and the town of Petaluma tomorrow. It's 9:10 and we're all ready for bed!

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