"Eat Cheese, Drink Wine, Live Life Happy!" - Kent 




Must have wines coming soon to The Cheese Shop

Destiny Bay Vineyards is a small single vineyard, family run winery in the tiny, quintessential corner of Waiheke Island, New Zealand. In fact, they were the first vineyard in Waiheke Island to be certified as Fully Sustainable. Although, 2004 was their inaugural vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, it took only three years for their 2007 Magna Praemia to receive the highest score for a New Zealand red wine (98 from Anthony Dias Blue at The Tasting Panel). Their prestige and stellar wine making continued to their culmination 2013 when combined average rating of Destiny Bay's Magna Praemia and Mystae blends rank them as number 1 in Cabernet Sauvignon dominate blends by The Wine Advocate. This is a phenomenal achievement for any winery let alone one that was less than 10 years old.

Please inquire via email (cheeseshoporders@aol.com)

as to their upcoming availability and pricing.


Treat your friends and family to

Wine and Cheese all year round with

The Cheese Shop Monthly Clubs

Cheese of the Month
$35.95/Month + Shipping

Wine of the Month
$49.95/Month + Shipping

Cheese and Wine of the Month

$85.95/Month + Shipping 


Cheese Shop Gift Ideas
To make these gifts a little more special…
Add a bottle of wine and get 10% off the wine
(Offer does not include NET wines)

Sandhill Cove $25.00 (+Shipping)
1 x Everything Flatbread Cracker
3 x Cheeses (Cream Havarti, Herb Gouda, Grana Padano)

Pinnacle Cove $35.00 (+Shipping)

1 x Carr’s Crackers
3 x Cheese (Point Reyes Toma, Schoch Selections, Prima Donna Forte)

Stillwater Cove $45.00 (+Shipping)

1 x Potter’s Cracker
3 x Cheeses (Herbs de Humboldt, Young Prima Donna, Barber’s Cheddar)
1 x Sundried Apricot
1 x Fancy Mixed Nuts

Cypress Cove $59.95 (+Shipping)
1 x Potter’s Cracker
1 x Dried Tart Cherry
1 x Taza Chocolate Round (Assorted Flavors)
3 x Cheeses (Pilota, Raspberry Bellavitano, Fourmage)

Sea Lion Cove $89.95 (+Shipping)

2 x Crackers – Raincoast Crisps (Assorted Flavors), Everything Flatbread
1 x Taza Chocolate Round
1 x Aloha Pepper Jelly From Oregon (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Savannah Bee Honey (Assorted Flavors)
4 x Cheeses (Cave Aged Gruyere, Old Amsterdam, Robiola, Honey Bee)

Blue Fish Cove $100.00 (+Shipping)

2 x Crackers – Raincoast Crisps (Assorted Flavors), Carr’s Assorted Cracker
1 x Mast Brother’s Chocolate (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Aloha Pepper Jelly From Oregon (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Savannah Bee Honey (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Dry Molinari Salami (Assorted Flavors)
4 x Cheeses (Wild Garlic Havarti, Young Queso Manchego, Benning, Beecher’s Flagship)

Whaler’s Cove $125.00 (+Shipping)
2 x Crackers – Raincoast Crisps (Assorted Flavors), Carr’s Assorted Cracker
1 x Dry Molinari Salami (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Tentazione Truffle Honey
1 x Aloha Pepper Jelly From Oregon (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Marcona Almond – Oil and Salt Cured
4 x Cheeses (Robiola, Istara, Oveja al Romero, Black Pepper Bellavitano)

China Cove $150.00 (+Shipping)
2 x Crackers – Raincoast Crisps (Assorted Flavors), Carr’s Assorted Cracker
1 x Tentazione Truffle Honey
1 x Aloha Pepper Jelly From Oregon (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Molinari Genoa Salame
1 x Cheese Shop World Famous Pesto
5 x Cheeses (Epoisses, Truffle Noir, Dry Habanero Jack, Barber’s Vintage Cheddar, Noord Hollander)


The Cheese Shop Survival Kit...

This Kit Includes:
The Cheese Shop Tote (gift enclosed in this bag)
Picnic Tote with cutting board, knife, wine opener, and napkins
box of Carr's Crackers
Taza Chocolate
3 oz. Jar Savannah Bee Honey
4 oz. Jar Inglehoffer Mustard
12 oz Molinari Salami
3 pieces of Cheese (approx. 1/3lb each)

* For a special treat *
  add a bottle of your favorite wine
and get 10% off wine only



The History Of The Cheese Shop ...

In 1973, a young couple, John & Nancy McCormick, tired of the corporate life, decided to start a business that was fun & enjoyable. Something that would fill all their senses, and something they could share with everyone. They even got two of Nancy's brothers, Michael & Neil, to join in the fun...and thus was the start of The Cheese Shop, a gourmand's Mecca for world class cheeses, gourmet foods and wines!!

Our first store opened in 1973 at the old Valley Fair Shopping Center in San Jose, California. We opened our present location, in the Carmel Plaza, downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Memorial weekend in 1975, selling our San Jose location in 1979 to concentrate our efforts here. We added enough room to create a warm, cozy family enviroment that locals as well as tourists from around the world can revel in and enjoy!

I was lucky to join The Cheese Shop family in 1986, upon my return from travels in Europe, and prior to my scheduled return home to Honolulu, Hawai'i. Thirteen years later, I incorporated the business on our same Memorial anniversary, and today can proudly say that we have clients in all 50 states, and 20 countries.

Through this web site, I invite you all to come share in the O'hana (family) that is "The" Cheese Shop, Carmel. Enjoy in sharing all the bounties that our store, the beautiful region of Monterey County, and the world offers!! And remember my motto: "Eat Cheese, Drink Wine, Live Life Happy!"

Mahalo & Aloha, -Kent



What's Included In Our Monthly Club Selections...

Cheeses for June Club Members...


What do Julie Andrews and Rick James have in common? Talented singers! Julie's fame “…the hills are alive, with the sound of music…” and Rick the quintessential R&B/FUNK master!! Mix them together and what do you get? SCHNEBELHORN cheese!!! Schnebelhorn is a dynamic raw cow's milk cheese made in the Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland. It's named for the mountain peak that divides the cantons of Zürich & St. Gallen. This is a true artisanal, one-of-a-kind washed-rind cheese made by Reto Güntensperger and family, and exudes all the flavors of the Alpine pastures (where Julie sang) while definitely showcasing its funky (Rick James) side.  Depending on how moist the rind is, Schnebelhorn's pungency will wax or wane. In a fresh cut piece you'll smell aromas of proofing bread, honey, roasted nuts (think walnut/hazelnut), some malt, along with fresh herbs and just a wee bit more funk! Schnebelhorn is made using animal rennet and like another famous Swiss cheese Appenzeller. It is aged between 6-7 months with just hints of the classic “crunchy” (tyrosine) crystals found in aged Swiss cheeses. Enjoy this cheese in of course any fondue recipe, or a glass of our Wine of the Month selection Ceppo Prosecco or Etude Pinot Noir!

Tomme de Béarn

Every year, around eighty shepherds from the three valleys of Béarn (Ossau, Aspe and Barétous) gather to create scrumptious raw milk cheeses. Although most bring sheep, a few of the shepherds bring cows to this collective as well. Tomme de Bearn is a raw cow's milk cheese that is produced using animal rennet and then shipped to the heart of the Loire Valley where it is aged by Roldolphe Le Meunier. Roldolphe is a third generation cheesemonger that was awarded the promising titles of Best Cheesemonger of France and World Best Cheesemonger in 2007. With these auspicious titles, it is no wonder his cheese are so amazing. Aged between four and five months, Tomme de Béarn has a semi-soft texture that is creamy on the palate. The round month feel leads to a slight nutty hint on the mid palate with a salty kick to enhance the flavors. Tomme de Béarn has a delicate balance of buttery and savory that make it pair well with fruit forward red wines like this month's Pinot Noir from Etude. Also enjoy this cheese on a summer hike or picnic with the Barolo Salamini's from Alle-Pia.

Dutch Girl

Made in a Gouda style, Dutch Girl is a delectable pasteurized goat's milk cheese that will keep you wanting more. Aged for a minimum of 4 months, this cheese has a semi-firm texture that melts delicately on the palate. Look for subtle honeyed notes on the palate similar almost to caramel with a hint of game on the finish to remind you it's a goat's milk cheese. Produced in the Netherlands, this cheese is made using veggie enzymes. Dutch Girl has a beautiful balance of nutty and sweet, that makes it pair beautifully with sparkling wines like this month's Il Ceppo Prosecco. For some added fun, try this cheese with a Brown Ale to bring out more of its goaty side.

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 June Club Members...

Its June swoon, the start of summer, with almost half the year gone. June will also bring us the third leg of the Triple Crown (Belmont), and we Northern California sport fans are lucky to be rooting for two of our teams, the San Jose Sharks (NHL) and Golden State Warriors (NBA) are both in their respective Championships!! It's the 2 nd for the Warriors, and 1 st for the Sharks!! So we thought we'd get you some tasty treats this month for our Wine of the Month club shipments to enjoy watching these events…read on, get excited, scream loudly….and enjoy!!

NV IL CEPPO (by Anselmi family) Prosecco

Madame Bollinger of Bollinger Champagne fame was clever enough to say that she drinks Champagne when happy or sad, when alone, always obligatory with company, or when she was either hungry or not, otherwise she would never touch it, unless she was thirsty. Well, we feel the same way about ANY #bubbles!! Sparkling wines from around the world are some of the most delightful wines to drink be they real French Champagnes, Spanish Cavas, or this month's selection in our wine club: Italian Prosecco! This lovely and crisp Prosecco under the Anselmi family's Il Ceppo label is made from 100% Glera fruit. Light bodied with more fruit (not sweet) than found with other Proseccos available. It is as elegant of a sparkling wine as you would ever want! Lovely quaffable and perfect when pairing with summer salad fare, and eating cheeses like this month's selection Dutch Girl from the Netherlands.

2012 ÉTUDE Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir

Tony Soter's “study” (Étude) wine label was born in the ‘80s and though he's moved on to his eponymous Oregon project, Étude still remains one of Napa Valley's renowned wineries. This Pinot hails from the very famous Santa Rita Hills AVA vineyard called Fiddlestix, which was founded by the ever talented Kathy Joseph! Much like Kathy's personality, the fruit from the Fiddlestix site is bold, dynamic deep berried flavored and full of character. Scarlet color in the glass with just a pale violet hue on rim, there is a dark plummy fruit flavor, Bing cherry character that is mouth filling! Aromas of spice notes are equally found, even hints of black tea & cinnamon, and though there is sense of oak flavors on the palate, it's not tannic having more silky smooth texture through the finish. Salmon on the grill would be a perfect marriage with this wine, and so would any of the three cheese from our club this month: Dutch Girl, Tome du Bearn, and Schnebelhorn.

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!!


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