Follow NorCal's Cheese Trail
Move over wine--there's a new artisanal product coming from Northern California. Cheesemakers have happily settled into the crisp ocean air and rolling hills, making it a prime destination for cheese lovers. You could even take a cheese-centered trip. Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail gives a list of all 21 cheese producers in the area. West Marin Farm & Food Tours offer a five-hour guided tour including 30 tastings and a picnic. A match made in wine-cheese heaven.
Twenty-two thousand acres of land in the two counties are currently used to produce almost 100 different cow, sheep, goat and water buffalo milk cheeses as well as fermented products like yogurt and crème fraîche.
Photo courtesy of The New York Times