Magazine article Sunset

Favorite Goat Cheeses

Magazine article Sunset

Favorite Goat Cheeses

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Some of the finest goat cheese anywhere is made here in the West--in fact, California's Laura Chenel was one of the first to introduce it to America back in the '70s. From Hawaii to Colorado, these 4 companies (out of a group of 12) wowed our Sunset tasting panel. Brighten a spring salad with one of their offerings.

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Laura Chenel

WHY: Chenel's long been the queen of chevre, and her reign won't end anytime soon. Subtly flavored, with "a tang that's not harsh, but assertive." We especially love the Black Pepper Chabis and Cabecou, which is packed in olive oil.

INFO: From $4 for 5 oz. Available at gourmet markets and from Williams-Sonoma (800/541-2233).

Surfing Goat Dairy

WHY: Because who knew goats could surf? Just kidding. The cute Ping Pong Ball cheeses from this small, family-owned dairy on the slopes of Maui's Haleakala crater had the creamiest texture of any goat cheese we tasted, with a balanced, mild hint of garlic. …

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