From Andante, a dairy named for the “slower” rhythm of traditional cheese-making comes Melange, a delicious and diminutive cheese weighing in at just slightly over 4 ounces.
Melange combines the piquant delicacy of goat’s milk from the dairy’s own Volpi Ranch in Petaluma, with the richness of organic cow’s milk from Jersey cows raised at nearby Spring Hill Jersey Cheese. The pasteurized milk is cultured and allowed to ferment slowly in order to encourage both depth of flavor and a more tender curd.
Ripening from the rind inward, Melange becomes softer and creamier over time and develops a delicately fresh sweet-tart flavor somewhat reminiscent of Brie. Look for it at Bay Area markets including Bi-Rite, or the Saturday Farmers Market at the Ferry Building.