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The Painted Lady offers a selection of four artisan cheeses from the Pacific Northwest complemented by local hazelnuts, sliced pears, small-batch honey, quince paste and bread from a local bakery. We highly recommend the cheese course; many of the goat cheeses are found only in Oregon — plus, they pair perfectly with an earthy pinot noir.
On the evening we visited the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, the cheese course featured Mt. Townsend Sea Stack, a soft-ripened cheese from Washington that is dusted with vegetable ash before ripening to enhance the earthy notes, and a favorite from Oregon’s Central Coast Range, Rivers Edge Chevre Sunset Bay, which is a smooth cheese streaked with a beautiful burnt orange hue of smoked paprika through the center. The course also featured Rogue River Blue, an unforgettable cheese hand-wrapped in brandy soaked grape leaves, and a bright chevre from Briar Rose Creamery in the nearby town of Dundee.