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Cheeses for January Club Members...
Coming to you from North Wales, this pasteurized cow’s milk cheese is the flagship cheese for the Snowdonia Cheese Company. Established in 2001, this cheese company set the goal to create a luxury range of cheeses. They started out small, selling their cheeses in various UK farmers markets and within months were discovered for their unique cheese combinations. Although Snowdownia infuses their cheeses with everything from Red Chilies, Whiskey, and Pickled Onions, we decided to show case their classic base cheese…it’s from this stalwart palate flavor that all their other cheeses start from! Black Bomber’s pate is honey yellow in color, has a semi-firm texture with a lush creamy finish. Look for nutty notes on the front and a pleasant sharpness on the finish. Matured to perfection, Black Bomber pairs perfectly with a medium bodied red, like this month’s The Feast red table blend from Cultivate Wines.
Seggiano Truffle Pecorino
Approximately 62 miles south of Florence, you will find the commune of Seggiano which is where this pasteurized sheep’s milk cheese is made. Located in what is known as the Tuscan region of Italy, this cheese falls under the controlled origin of “Toscano Pecorino” where each cheese has to follow a particular tradition of cheese making. Tuscan sheep’s milk cheeses tend to be different from the better known versions made in Sardo (Isle of Sardinia) and Roma (Rome) as Tuscan Pecorinos have more subtle flavors and textures. The Tuscan sheep tend to enjoy greener pastures and produce richer milk particularly in the spring. This Seggiano Truffle Pecorino is made using animal rennet from Monte Amiata sheep’s milk. Aged between three and six months, black truffles are added to the curd of this cheese before pressing. Seggiano Truffle Pecorino is a decadent cheese to enjoy after dinner with a hearty red wine. Also get creative in the kitchen by adding this earthly and creamy cheese to your favorite dishes.
Wisconsin 5 Year Cheddar
Seriously, though we may NOT be “cheese-head/Packer” fans, we do LOVE Wisconsin’s dynamic cheese industry. Wisconsin has a rich history in cheese making that goes back more than 160 years. Currently, Wisconsin produces more than 600 different varieties of cheese including both international and original styles of cheese. It is no surprise that Wisconsin is the leading producer of Cheddar in the United States. This pasteurized cow’s milk cheddar is dyed giving it a bright orange color, although we do like to tell little ones that the color comes from the cows either drinking a lot of orange juice, or they had a carrot salad for lunch!! This version of cheddar is aged for 5 years, comes in big 40 pound blocks and hits your palate with the perfect balance of a creamy texture, with the occasional crunch from the natural crystals giving a distinct sharp bite on the finish. Amazing when paired with apples, this 5 year sharp cheddar can also be added to your favorite mac and cheese recipe to give it a little more zip!
Cheese of the month members receive....
three wonderful selections equalling about a pound, tasting notes and shipped right to your door, who could ask for anything else.
(Cost is $35.95/month, plus shipping)
Wine for January Club Members...
Hau o’li maka hiki hou 2015 to all of you!!
We want to kick start the new 2015 year off with a bang by bringing you a very personal & special treat for our Wine of the Month Club Members! First you’re getting a 3-pack of wines for January! Secondly, we are proud to showcase our friends Ali & Charles Banks CULTIVATE WINES project!!!
We met Ali & Charles many years ago here in our store while they were on vacation from Atlanta, Ga. Apparently it all started with a bottle of wine, a few cheeses, and the aftermath: becoming very close friends!!
I am so happy & proud to see their enthusiasm grow into a love affair with a purpose. As CULTIVATE WINE Company likes to say: “Our business is wine, our mission is a fuller life for all.” Cultivate gives back 10 cents of every dollar to help fund opportunity and hope in communities across the globe. Since Oct 2011, CULTIVATE’s “The Give” program has donated worldwide almost a half million dollars, cultivating change in over 45 countries!
Here’s their trio of wines we present to you, our January Wine of the Month members:
2010 The Feast
This California Red Table is a perfect wine for those post-holiday gatherings with family & friends! This lovely rich blended red is dominant Merlot (78%) from Alexander Valley (Sonoma) with Cab (9%) from Napa, followed by Santa Lucia Highlands Malbec (8%) and then just a splash of Syrah (5%) to round out the blend. First the Merlot brings forth blueberry and blackberry notes, while the Cab brings hints of spice and green olive earth tones. The combination of both the Malbec and Syrah adds depth and density to this wine. This is not a tannic chewy wine, just one that is rich and full mid palate with a smooth long finish. Simply perfect for pairing with hearty meat dishes, let alone full bodied cheeses like Old Amsterdam, Cave Aged Gruyere, or this month’s Cheese of the Month selection: the 5 yr old Wisconsin Cheddar!!
2012 Wonderlust Chardonnay
From Colchagua Valley, Chile the beauty of this lovely white is the fruit forward style. The Colcahgua Valley of Chile runs east/west in Chile, and lies between the southern latitude lines as the northern ones for Sonoma & Napa Valleys. This cool climate region with marine influences allows for a longer growing season and lends to the tropical fruit, melon and Meyer lemon notes found in this Chardonnay. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, and not allowing any malolactic fermentation to happen help to showcase the crisp and bright nature of this white. As Nat Gunter, winemaker for CULTIVATE suggests, serve this with light natural flavors of fresh pasta dishes or salads!
2012 The Gambler Malbec
The final wine of this CULTIVATE trio “The Gambler” from Luján de Cuyo Argentina is a delicious fruit forward, juicy and rich Malbec from the western side of the Mendoza Valley in Argentina. Now, we can’t say drinking this will make you tango any better, but you will definitely be ready to hit the dance floor with gusto!! Winemaker Nat Gunter has blended 90% Malbec with 10% Bonarda making a rich, dark colored wine with a full weight profile in the mid palate (Bonarda helps here). The finish is long, deep and emphasizing the classic blue and blackberry fruit characteristics, and best not to wear white while drinking!! For those who don’t know, Bonarda is the second most planted varietal in Argentina, and related to both the Charbono grape found in California, and Douce Noir of France’s Jura region. Enjoy this fun wine with your favorite barbeque grilled meats & veggies!!
Wine of the month members receive....
Two wonderful selections with winery notes shipped out monthly.
W.O.M. two bottle sets
cost $49.95 + shipping.
Get two great selections each month from
our hundreds of dynamite choices...
no end of the bin or close out wines
like other clubs have...just AWESOME wines
worthy of being in the mostdiscriminating of cellars, YOURS!!
Upcoming Events 2014
Food and Wine Festival
August 29th -
The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. Set in the lush island paradise of Hawai‘i, our seven-day Festival features a roster of over 80 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival in Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Honolulu, and Ko Olina Resort will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry.
Join our fearless leader Kent Torrey
and The Cheese Shop Staff for our Famous Cheese Table on
Friday September 5th at 5 pm for the
Fourth Annual Halekulani Master Chefs Gala Series
Saturday September 6th at 6 pm for
Hawaiian Airlines Presents Corks & Forks
Yes!!! That's right we are transporting over 1000 pounds of cheese to Hawai'i to knock the socks off of Chefs, wineries and guest alike in Kent's home town of Honolulu (Yes, Kent is a Kama'aina Haole!)
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Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival
The Authors & Ideas Festival hosts more than 30 award winning authors and speakers, including authors of New York Times best-sellers, Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize-winners, as well as winners of virtually every prestigious literary award and much more.
You will find our cheesy staff rubbing elbows with all the literary enthusiasts on Friday September 26th from 4-6 pm during the opening reception.
Tickets are currently on sale for this bibliophilic extravaganza
Big Sur Food and Wine Festival
The Big Sur Food and Wine Festival is a giving organization that holds events to promote Big Sur as a culinary destination, supporting the overall health, character and vitality of the Big Sur community.
“Bringing together roughed coastline, refined cuisine, a sense of old California, elegant wine tastings, new friendships and old relationships all in the backdrop of the soul of what is uniquely Big Sur.”
-Stuart Bryan, Pride Mountain Winery
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