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Pennyroyal Farm | Cheese, Wine & Small Plates in Boonville

Melanie Wong | Dec 1, 201606:59 PM    

Last stop on Satuday's visit to Anderson Valley was Pennyroyal Farm on our way south. The tasting room opened to the public in March. I'd been in the area a month before that and had been disappointed that what looked like a complete project was not quite ready yet. I've posted about this new dairy's cheeses several times, http://www.chowhound.com/search/?q=pe... . Besides cheesemaking, the new, green facility is also a winery. And on weekends, a chef offers up small plates of farm-to-table food.

The current release of Pennyroyal wines were produced at Navarro winery, operated by the owner's parents and sibling. They're available for tasting for a small fee. I tried the Sauvignon Blanc -- a natural pairing for goat cheese --- and two Pinot Noirs. As this was the end of a day of wine tasting, I remember little about them.

Cheeses are not sampled here other than in a small ($15) or large ($25) cheeseplate. However, the staffer who was pouring the wines for us did offer up a taste of the very fresh Laychee and the Laychee with blueberries. Later I asked for a taste of the Velvet Sister to assess the state of ripeness before buying, and she managed to rustle up some.

The venue has some lovely outdoor spaces protected with overhangs and I look forward to returning when it's not raining. But even on a rainy day, the swirling mists offer their own kind of beauty.

Pennyroyal Farm and Farmstead Cheese

www.pennyroyalfarm.com
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