Point Reyes Creamery was started in 2000 by the Giacomini Family. The Farm was originally bought in 1959 to sell milk top a nearby creamery. The first cheese made by Point Reyes was their Original Blue, or what I call Point Reyes Blue. I’ve always loved Point Reyes Blue. It has such a lovely creamy texture with a solid blue flavor. I like it so much, we named a sandwich after it – The Pear and Point.
I had the chance to attend the Good Food Awards in San Francisco this past January. Point Reyes Creamery was one of the winners, but not for Point Reyes Blue or Toma, but for their brand new blue – Bay Blue. The cheesemaker at Point Reyes, Kuba Hemmerling, has been working on creating this new blue for the last 2 years. The production of Bay blue will be limited for the next 6-12 months. During that time, only one retailer in each major market will be able to get their hands on this amazing new cheese. I’m proud to say, that Scardello has been selected as one of those retailers!
So what is it like? Bay Blue is crumbly. It starts with peppery sweet cream with hints of vanilla and then slides towards more savory notes of beef broth and meat. I loved it the first time I tasted it (and all of the subsequent times)! This cheese is one complex ride, so swing by and grab a wedge!