Paso Vino

Located on the central coast of California, Stepladder Ranch was founded in 1871 and has been family-owned and operated for three generations.  After a brief career in the tech industry, cheesemaker Jack Rudolph took the ranch over from his grandfather and built a creamery and dairy. In addition to pigs, avocados and citrus trees, the ranch is now home to 35 LaMancha goats who provide the milk for Stepladder's farmstead cheeses. The creamery also works with cow's milk from a small, local mixed herd of Jerseys and Holsteins.

Paso Vino is a Spanish style cheese made with cow's milk from a neighboring dairy. Once the cheeses are molded, they're washed with a local Syrah, then aged for approximately 6 months. The cheese has a beautiful aroma of boozy red berries, while the paste is tangy and nutty with a creamy mouthfeel. Paso Vino is a perfect snacking cheese paired with a glass of Syrah and a handful of Marcona almonds.

Farm / Company: Stepladder Creamery

Cheesemaker: Trevor Warmedahl

Proprietor: Jack Rudolph


City, State: Cambria, CA

Region: West

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Wine-soaked

Texture: Semi-firm

Aging: 6 months

Size(s): 5 pound wheel