A Cheese of His OwnFiscalini Farms' San Joaquin Gold, for instance, was actually created by accident -- a "gold medal mistake," says cheese entrepreneur John Fiscalini. He was trying to follow a recipe for a Fontina cheese, but the proper infrastructure and experience with the aging process was lacking. The surprising result of the first cheese he attempted to produce, however, was a hard cheese with a perfect balance of creaminess and salty tang. It was named after California's San Joaquin Valley, where Fiscalini Farms is located, and continues to be one of their most popular cheeses. It was the hands-down favorite of TheStreet.com staff.
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Our PicksFiscalini Farms and Jasper Hill are just two out of hundreds of artisanal cheese makers. Visit your local cheese shop and ask for any artisanal or farmstead recommendations, or try the selection below for a good starting point. Online resources include the