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



The Cheese Shop
will be closed until further notice

On Mother's Day, The Cheese Shop was flooded when a pipe burst in the tenant above us.  As we normally encourage you to shower your mothers with wine and cheese gifts, this year we were just greeted with water.  The store sustain some damage and is currently in the rip out and rebuild process. 

Unfortunately,  we will not be open to celebrate our 40th Anniversary in the Carmel location(42 years in business) on Memorial Day.  But we will keep you updated as our progress in the store continues!

We appreciate the well wishes from our customers and all the local support.  We look forward to being able to serve you with Cheese and Wine soon! Remember no matter what the circumstance it is important to always ...
Eat Cheese, Drink Wine, Live Life Happy!

Treat your Dad to Cheese and Wine this Father's Day!


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, Reggianito)

Pinnacle Cove $35.00 (+Shipping)

1 x Carr’s Crackers
3 x Cheese (Point Reyes Toma, Schoch Selections, Vintage Gouda)

Stillwater Cove $45.00 (+Shipping)

1 x Potter’s Cracker
3 x Cheeses (Purple Haze, 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, Rimrocker)

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)



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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 May Club Members...

Gouda, Basil and Garlic
Made using pasteurized cow’s milk, this unique twist to a Gouda (pronouced How’Duh) has a fun infusion. The base cheese for this Gouda is mild and creamy after being aged three months. The addition of basil and garlic is sure to awaken the taste buds with a fresh herbal delight. Semi-soft in texture, this Dutch cheese is the perfect substitute for pesto on a sandwich or Panini. Try the Basil and Garlic Gouda with bold red wines.

Notre Dame Brie
Notre Dame Brie is made in the Île de la Cité, which is one of the two remaining natural islands in the Seine within the city of Paris. Made using pasteurized cow’s milk, this single cream brie has a soft texture and pleasant mushroom quality on the palate. At room temperature, the Notre Dame Brie reaches optimal gooeyness with a slightly more developed vegetal flavor. Soft ripened, this cheese has a fluffy white rind that is almost angelic. Try this cheese with fruit forward whites, like this month’s selection of Manzoni Pinot Gris and spicy reds. Notre Dame Brie is the perfect addition to you cheese plate.

In 1990 French cheesemaker, Patrick Beaumont, developed a smoked cheese called Fumaison in the Avergne region of France. Made using raw milk from Lacaune sheep, this cheese is often compared to sausages from Auvergne as it is made using charcuterie-making techniques. After the cheese is cooked, separated and pressed, the logs of cheese are brined for 24 hours before hung from the roof of a cave for 100 days. This aging allows for the rind to develop grey, red, and yellow molds, giving the cheese a subtle earthy note. Following aging the Fumaison is smoked creating a savory nutty flavor. Once smoked the cheese is transported to the heart of the Loire Valley where is it aged to perfection in Rodolphe le Meunier’s cellar. Semi firm in texture this cheese is fun pairing with Vouvray Demi Sec.

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 May Club Members...

2013 Manzoni Pinot Gris
Located in our back yard of Monterey, within the famed Santa Lucia AVA, Mazoni Family Cellars puts faith in the idea of terroir when it comes to their wines. They know that fine wines are made from the combination of soil, slope, sun exposure and the temperament of Mother Nature. Their 2013 Pinot Gris has fresh aromas of mandarin orange and green apple. This wine has a round mouth feel due to lee stirring and barrel aging. Look for pear and citrus notes on the mid palate with a refreshing acidity to the finish.

2012 Chacra Amor Seco Merlot
The 2012 Amor Seco Merlot hails from the Rio Negro Valley in northern, Patagonia, Argentina. The Rio Negro Valley is a glacial bed that stretches for 310 miles along the Neuquen and Limay Rivers. This valley is irrigated by a network of channels that were excavated by British colonists in the 1820s to capture the snow melt flowing form the Andes to create an oasis in the middle of the desert. The arid climate in the area saved the area from phylloxera and vine diseases that decimated European grapes. Although the Bodega Chacra vineyards were purchased in 2002, the vines on the property were planted in 1932. Their 2012 Merlot showcases ripe red fruit and a soft finish. Aged for 12 months in French Burgundian Oak (20% new), the Amor Seco has round mid-palate with subtle notes of vanilla beans. Enjoy this Merlot with seasoned pork chops!

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 2015

Pebble Beach Food and Wine

April 9-12th

Come and Join THE BIG CHEESE and the Cheezy staff for
Opening Night Thursday April 9th

and the Lexus VIP Tent Saturday April 11th

For more information check out their website!


Big Sky Vine and Dine

August 13-16th

Join The Big Cheese for another one of his fabulous cheese and wine lectures!


Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival
August 29th - September 13th

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. Set in the lush island paradise of Hawai‘i, the fifteen 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

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!)

For more information check out their Website

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