Cheese of Note: Lively Run Herbs de Provence

The Finger Lakes region has been blessed with a new cheese trail that meanders its way through the area’s already existing wine trails, and is currently dotted with over a dozen different farmstead cheese shops.

One of my all-time favorites is Lively Run Goat Dairy, located in Interlaken, between Seneca and Cayuga Lake.

This quaint family-owned farm specializes in chèvre, or goat’s cheese.

From their soft standard chèvre to their aged Cayuga Blue and Balkan-style feta, Lively Run has a mouthwatering variety of treasures that have taken on a cult following. This time of year, I practically live on their Herbes de Provence soft chèvre.

Sold in a 4-ounce log, it’s rich, creamy and tangy—all that good goat cheese should be—but then the provençale blend mimics the classic flavorings of Provence, France, like thyme, fennel, oregano, rosemary, marjoram and lavender. That makes it a good standalone for cheese platters, but it’s also excellent tossed in crisp green salads, spread on cool summer sandwiches, and melted on gourmet grilled pizzas.

Pair it with a dry rosé wine. (Ed note: Perhaps this or this one.) The tartness of the cheese balances the crisp texture of the wine, resulting in a seamlessly smooth marriage that’ll help those French day dreams along.

Holly Howell also writes about Finger Lakes wine here and for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

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