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Teleme is an American semi-soft cheese made in Northern California. It is believed to have been invented by a cheesemaker in Pleasanton, California.
Teleme cheese was invented by Serafino Iacono before World War II. The first manufacturing facility was in Tomales, California. The name of the company that made the cheese was New Sonoma Creamery. The cheese was sold under the brand name of Tomales Bay Teleme Cheese. The building in Tomales in which the first Teleme was commercially produced is still standing to this day. In later years the manufacturing was moved to Los Banos, California. New Sonoma Creamery shut down operation in the late 60's or early 70's.
Available mainly in northern California, Teleme cheese is similar in texture to domestic Brie. It contains about 50 percent milk fat and has a pronounced tangy flavor. When young, Teleme's texture is soft and creamy. As it ages, it becomes runnier and stronger in flavor.