Cheese

The integrity with which Marcia's cheeses are made is equaled only by the explosive flavors in her cheeses that result. Baserri and Txiki are two of America's best cheeses.

 Laura Werlin, author of The New American Cheese and Laura Werlin's Cheese Essentials


The larger of our two cheeses is called Baserri, which means farmhouse in Basque. This cheese is a 4- to 5-pound tomme. The green Basque countryside in France and Spain is dotted with ancient tile-roofed baserris where Basque farmers still make their living in traditional ways, often milking their sheep by hand and making small batches of cheese that they sell locally. Our Baserri is made in that spirit, in small batches, by hand. It is a West Marin interpretation of the Basque cheeses you can buy from farmhouses in the Basque country. Baserri is aged for 6 months before it is released for sale.

Txiki, which means “little” in Basque, is a smaller version of Baserri, a 1.5- to 2-pound tommette-sized cheese made from the same recipe as Baserri. The shape produces a different relationship of paste to rind, and a more rapid aging. Txiki is released for sale after 3 months of age. 

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If you can't find our cheese at a cheese shop near you, join our mailing list! We offer Txiki and Baserri by mail order, once a month or so, on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested, sign up now to get on the list, and we will notify you of our next offering. Go to the contact page to sign up. We have three fall cheese offerings planned, with ship-dates of October 21st, November 11th and December 16th. We ship by FedEx ground to Western states and 2-day everywhere else. The November and December shipments will arrive in plenty of time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you join the mailing list, you will be included in these fall direct-sale offerings. 

Where to Buy Our Cheese

You can buy Baserri and Txiki at Cowgirl Creamery in their shops in Point Reyes Station, at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

Other shops in San Francisco that carry our cheese include BiRite MarketMission CheeseCanyon Market, Say Cheese, Local Mission MarketRainbow GroceryLittle Vine, Cheese PlusLucca Delicatessen, and Salumeria.

North of San Francisco you can buy our cheese at the new Farmshop at the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur Landing, Good Earth Natural Foods in Fairfax, Mill Valley Market in Mill Valley, Woodlands Market in Kentfield, Driver's Market in Sausalito, Freestone Artisan Cheese in Freestone, Petaluma Market and Whole Foods in Petaluma, Harvest Market in Mendocino and Fort Bragg, Kent's Meats and Groderies in Redding, and Oliver's Market in Santa Rosa.

In the Wine Country, you'll find our cheese at Oxbow Cheese Merchant in Napa, Park 121 in Sonoma, the Cheese Shop and Big John's Market and the Healdsburg Shed in Healdsburg, and Sunshine Foods in St. Helena.

A number of wineries also use our cheese in their tasting programs, including Cardinale Winery in Oakville, Arrowood Vineyards and Lasseter Family Winery in Glen Ellen, Portalupi Winery in Healdsburg, Occasio in Livermore, Quintessa Winery and Baldacci Family Vineyards in Napa, Inglenook and Cakebread Cellars in Rutherford, and Domaine Chandon in Yountville.

In the East Bay our cheese you can buy our cheese at the Pasta Shop on College Avenue in Oakland and on 4th St in Berkeley. 

In the Sacramento area our cheese is now available at Corti Brothers  and The Rind, both in Sacramento.

In the Lake Tahoe area you can get our cheese at New Moon Natural Foods and Uncorked, both in Tahoe City. 

In Southern California you will find our cheese at New Frontiers Natural Marketplace in San Luis Obispo, Paradise Pantry in Ventura, and in the Los Angeles area at Farmshop in Santa Monica, Silverlake Wine and Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits and Cheese in Los Angeles, the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, and the Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City.

Because our production is so small, our cheese is generally sold locally and doesn't very often make it out of California. But I want to note and acknowledge a few far flung cheese shops that regularly carry our cheese, including Wedge, in Reno, NevadaThe Cheese Cellar in Seattle, WashingtonAntonelli's Cheese Shop in Austin, Texas, Scardello Artisan Cheese in Dallas, Texas, Bedford Cheese Shop in New York City, Round Swamp Farm in East Hampton, NY, Talula's Table in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, City Vineyard in Billings, Montana, Fromagio's Artisan Cheese in Anchorage, Alaska, Bern's Cave du Fromage in Tampa, Florida, and Zzest Culinary Market and Wine Cafe in Rochester, Minnesota!

 

Restaurants that Serve our Cheese

Restaurants serving our cheese in San Francisco include Quince, Zuni Cafe, One MarketAmeJardiniere, the Intercontinental San FranciscoLocal Missiion Eatery, Local's Corner,Foreign CinemaProspect, Bar Crudo, Bar Agricole, Bar Jules, La Movida, SpruceGreens, Waterbar, Boulevard, the St Regis Hotel, and Piperade.

In the wine country you can find our cheese at  The French Laundry in Yountville, Chalkboard Bistro & Wine Bar and Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, Fagiani's and Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, Terra and French Blue in St Helena, The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Park 121 in Sonoma, John Ash and Company at the Vintner's Inn in Santa Rosa, and Luxe Calistoga, Calistoga Ranch, Jole Restaurant and Solage, in Calistoga.

In the Los Angeles area, our cheese is served in Beverly Hills at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and the Beverly Hills Hotel, at Gjelina in Venice, the Napa Valley Grill in Westwood, Baco Mercat in Los Angeles, Squirl in East Hollywood, Salt's Cure in West Hollywood,  Juliette in Newport Beach, Chez Melange in Redondo Beach, and Capo, Tar and Roses, and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.

Nearer to our home, you will find our cheese in Marin County at Picco in Larkspur, Mill Valley Beerworks in Mill Valley, and the Station House Cafe and Osteria Stellina in Pt Reyes Station.

In West Sonoma County our cheese is served at Zazu Kitchen and Farm in Sebastopol. 

In the Sacramento area our cheese is featured regularly at Grange Restaurant in Sacramento and at Tuco's Wine Bar and Cafe in Davis.

And if you are near Lake Tahoe, you may find our cheese on the menu at Plumpjack at Squaw Valley and Restaurant Trokay in Truckee.