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



Try just a wee bit of

Wine and Cheese this St. Patrick'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 March Club Members...

Tomme de Pictons
Made in the style of Morbier, Tomme de Pictons is a creamy pasteurized cow’s milk cheese from within the Jura region of France. This cheese is characterized by a thin ash layer running through its middle. Traditionally this layer was used to separate the evening from the morning milking sessions, and is flavorless. Now it is used more as a decorative color break. Our Tomme de Pictons is aged by famed affineur Rodolphe Le Meunier in his special “caves” in the Loire Valley. This cheese combines complex flavors of nuts, fruit and often shows hints of grassiness or fresh asparagus aromas. We’d certainly pair this cheese with crisp, high acid wines such as Cru Beaujolais or Arbois from the Jura, but we think you will definitely find pleasure tasting with our Wine-of-the-Month selections: Figge Pinot Noir & St. Come’s Little James Basket Red.

The Central Coast Creamery located in Paso Robles, CA., is owned by Kellie & Reggie Jones, who duals as cheesemaker too! CCC is dedicated to using locally sourced California milk from animals not treated with hormones, and whom lovingly graze upon the verdant pastures of Paso Robles. All the ingredients for CCC’s cheeses are sourced from certified organic dairy producers, and then the Jones’ & staff bring the milks to their production warehouse just north of the town of Templeton. Their Seascape is a unique blend of cow and goat’s milk made in a style similar to cheddar. Aged for a minimum of 4 months, this semi firm cheese is made using vegetable enzymes rather than animal rennet. On the palate, the cow’s milk goes wide and round while the goat’s milk gives Seascape a complex tang in the finish. This cheese would be perfect with either spice driven red wines, or floral whites like a Viognier.

Black Butte Reserve
Some of our cheese lovers may remember a cheese we highlighted last year from the Pedrozo Family named after their first dairy cow: Blondie’s Best. This month, we wanted to treat you to a seasonal cheese from the Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese Co. in Orland, CA, called Black Butte Reserve. The Pedrozo family allow their herd of Holstein and Jersey cows to graze on their pastures while in bloom, and production of their cheeses is done on site, making them a true “farmstead” cheese producer. However the milk for Black Butte Reserve is selected only from spring milking of their cows, hence its seasonality. Aged for a least 6 months, this cheese has a firm texture, exudes sweet clover, herbs, floral grassiness, and has a finish that is bright, crisp and tangy! Perfect for a twist if used for a fondue, this reserve cheese stands up well with meaty red wines.

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 March Club Members...

While March is usually full of Leprechauns and green beer, we decided to take you on a bit of a red wine journey with this month’s Wine of the Month club selections!! First up is our friend and local producer Peter Figge with his tasty Pinot Noir (or as actor/rapper Will Smith would say, “…let’s get jiggy wit Figge…”) followed by a quick trip across the Atlantic to the Rhone valley of France for Chateau Saint Cosme picnic table red called: Little James’ Basket Press. You could make a case that “Little James” on the label is crushing the grapes while listening to legendary singer James Brown!

2011 Figge Pinot Noir “Pelio Vineyard” Monterey County

Peter makes elegant, pretty “terroir” driven wines that exude all the distinctive flavors of the unique sites he works with. In the case with the Pelio vineyard, this vineyard is one of the closest to the ocean, just 6 miles away in Carmel Valley, so it’s classified a Monterey County AVA site. Garnet colored in the center of your glass, fading to a lighter, more currant hue on the edge, this 2011 Pelio Pinot tickles the nose with floral, light spice aromas. On the palate this Pinot is medium weighted (only 13.8% alc), echoes the same elegant cherry fruit, touch of sandalwood spice, and finishing with brightness due to the both the ancient seabed soil type and the cool coastal exposure to the vineyard. Peter’s Pinot would be perfectly paired with grilled salmon or a pork loin layered in a smoked apple glaze!

MV Chateau St. Cosme “Little James’ Basket Press” Gigondas France

Much like the producers from Champagne, the Barruol family make their Little James in a Solera mold. Bottle in 2013, this red is 100% Grenache wine from multiple vintages (MV) blending lots (50%) from the 2012 vintage and a solera (50%) from vintages 1998-2011. This quaffable red wine is both seriously good juice, but also evokes that tongue-n-cheekiness attitude that says: drink me, I’m fun! Former employees of ours, Tobe & Dylan Sheldon (www.SheldonWines.com) actually worked at Ch. Saint Cosme in 2002 where they learned the art of crafting great Rhone wines like their Vinolocity we’ve previously featured. Little James is effusive of jammy fruits like black cherry & red raspberry along with touches of white pepper spice and hints of dry ginger. This would be a great wine for casual lunch time consumption, as well as perfectly paired with this month’s cheese selection: Tomme de Picton!

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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