Oxmoor House
Hands-on Time
10 Mins
10 to 12 servings

Some of our favorite Southern artisanal cheese producers are showcased here with a selection of their fine cheeses. Included is a sampling of sheep, cow, and goat's milk cheeses and suggestions for wine pairings that embrace the flavor profiles of each.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place chopped walnuts in a shallow dish. Roll goat cheese log in walnuts, pressing gently to coat completely.

Step 2

Arrange log on a serving platter alongside a small bowl of fig preserves, Champagne grapes, and an assortment of crackers.

Step 3


Step 4

Variation 1:

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1 lb. Sweet Grass Dairy Asher Blue cow's milk cheese

Step 6

2 cups hickory-smoked almonds

Step 7

1 lb. Medjool dates

Step 8

Almond crackers or buttery crackers

Step 9

Wine suggestion: Port or full-bodied red wine (such as Cabernet)

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Variation 2:

Step 12

1 lb. Locust Grove La Mancha Reserve sheep's milk cheese

Step 13

1 (2-oz.) container quince fruit paste

Step 14

1 1/2 cups Marcona almonds

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Rosemary crackers

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Wine suggestion: Spanish sherry (such as Amontillado) or White Meritage (such as St. Supery Vertu)

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Variation 3:

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1 lb. Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill (Camembert-style) cow's milk cheese

Step 20

1 cup peach preserves

Step 21

2 cups pecans, toasted (about 1/2 lb.)

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Assorted butter crackers

Step 23

Wine suggestion: Champagne or Vouvray (such as Chenin Blanc)

Chef's Notes

We tested with Chilton County peach preserves. Also, for more information about artisanal cheese producers in the South, visit southerncheese.com.

These featured cheeses can be purchased online at:

Fromagerie Belle Chèvre, Elkmont, Alabama


Locust Grove Farm, Knoxville, Tennessee


Sweet Grass Dairy, Thomasville, Georgia


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