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



Need some help finding the right wine for your loved one ?!?!?!

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Buy 1 Bottle of Featured Wines get 10% off
Buy 6 Bottles Mix and Match get 15% off
Buy 12 Bottles Mix and Match get 20% off

2012 Wrath Pinot Noir Swan/828 - $35.00/bt
In 2007, the Thomas family brought the San Saba Vineyard and set out to make wines that illuminated the terroir of the Santa Lucia Highlands. After taking over the vineyard, Michael Thomas started an aggressive vineyard rejuvenation program, involving replanting large section of the vineyard in order to present a cleaner expression of the varietals planted. The wine making team of Sabrine Rodems (winemaker), Bryon Kosuge (consultant) and Steve McIntyre (grower and winemaker of the delicious Rose also featured in our special) knocked it out of the park with their 2012 Swan/828 Pinot Noir. This wine showcases the famed Swan clone with its beautiful red fruit and spice and the 828 clone with its darker fruit and subtle earthy notes. This elegant Pinot is a perfect marriage of the two clones, as the dark and red fruit flavors roll around the mouth, emphasizing balance of structure and acidity. Aged in French Oak (22% new), this wine has a subtle vanilla hint to the mid-palate. Enjoy this Pinot Noir with poultry dishes and home-made stuffing. The Wrath Swan/828 is the perfect choice to kick off your holiday celebration!

2013 McIntyre Rosé of Pinot Noir - $19.95/bt
Steve and Kim McIntyre have been a strong presence in the Santa Lucia Highlands for two decades, growing grapes in a responsible and sustainable manner throughout the state (Steve even grows the grapes for the Wrath wine featured above)! The McIntyre Estate Vineyards lie in what they believe is the “sweet spot” of the Santa Lucia Highlands (Monterey County AVA) where the grapes are known for producing wines with charisma and complexity. Their 2013 Rosé is made by blending both “pressed” and “saigné” Pinot juices fermented in stainless steel tanks to capture the fresh fruit flavors and accent the crisp finish. Pale copper/bronze hue, this wine evokes summertime sipping, but we think it would be perfect to pair with the cornucopia of holiday foods, and share with family & friends…so stock up now!!!

2010 Chateau Puy-Blanquet Bordeaux

  Chateau Puy-Blanquet from St Emilion in Bordeaux is owned by the Jacquet family. This right bank vineyard is planted with 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon well suited for the clay and limestone soils. The Merlot dominate blend is a delicious treat for both your palate & wallet!! Stunningly complex, this red wine is sure to have you wanting more! The aromatics jump out of the glass with a floral nose of roses and violets, leading to spices of fennel and anise. Ripe red fruits shimmer on the palate showing red currants and plums, leaving you with a delicate yet long finish. Being a 2010 vintage, this wine is in a wonderful place right now; youthful but approachable and well-structured for extended aging in your cellar. Suggested wine paring: roast beast, homemade stuffing, and Mast Brother's Goat and Sheep's Milk Chocolate (arriving soon!!!).        


Treat your loved to

Wine and Cheese this Holiday Season 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, 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, 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 February Club Members...


The recipe for this cheese is one of the oldest in existence and dates back to the times of the Gauls. In 1956, Cantal received AOC (Appelation d'Origine), which restricted and further defined this timeless recipe. Although this version is made using pasteurized cow's milk, Cantal can be made using either raw or pasteurized Salers cow's milk. The cows are fed hay from November 15 th through April 15 th and then sent to graze on the mountain meadows during the summer giving the cheese a sweet, grassy, and even floral note. Cantal is made in the district of Cantal (think south-central France). Aged for a minimum of 4 months, this cheese has a semi-firm texture which is round and buttery on the palate. Cantal is a truly delicious, all-purpose cheese: snacking, cooking…you know we just “cantal” you much more…you just have to trust us and try! Enjoy Cantal with grassy white wines like this month's Wine of the Month Selection La Vierrière.

Boschetto al Tartufo (Aged)

Flecks of black truffle are found throughout this aged pasteurized sheep milk cheese from Tuscany, Italy. The drier texture accentuates the truffle character because of the natural salts (“crunchy crystals”) that come from both the aging (5+ months) of the cheese and the hard pressing of the curd. The taste of the truffle permeates the cheese giving it a rich, complex flavor with hints of garlic. Aged Boschetto al Tartufo is made using animal rennet. Try shaving this into any salad, pasta dish, risotto, or drink with just about any of your favorite red wines. Once in a while you can find magic in this truffle cheese paired with a white wine…and what's NOT to love about Bubbles & Truffles?!?!

Caramel Gouda

Hold on to your socks!! This 5 month-old pasteurized farmstead cow's milk cheese from Holland has started to form crunchy potassium lactate crystals that explode on your tongue. Made by the Kaamps Estate using animal rennet in the Twente Region of the Netherlands, this cheese is hand washed in a savory caramel. This combination brings a rich, nutty and almost sweet flavor of the cheese. A classic Dutch Gouda, (pronounced “How-Duh”) that absolutely does not disappoint!! Try pairing this Caramel Gouda with dry crisp white and sparkling 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 February Club Members...

We LOVE our February 2016's WINE of the MONTH selections, and thing you will all agree!! And really, what's not to love about VALENTINE'S DAY with cheese & wine?!?!

2014 Ch. La Verrière Bordeaux Blanc

La Verriere is a delicious 100% Sauvignon Blanc from eastern Bordeaux, France made by Alain Bessette, a fourth generation family of wine makers in the town of Landerrouat. This town lies just 45 mins southeast of famed wine appellation/town St. Emilion. Pale yellow in color, the Sauvignon Blanc fruit shows bright, tangy flavors of grapefruit (think white pectin of rind) along with stony mineral notes. It is a bone dry white, crisp & racy with long flavors towards the finish that say “come-back-for-another-sip!” This truly is a wine that gives one's soul “lift” as our dear friend Raj Parr would say! Paired with our Cheese of the Month selection Cantal for a wonderful match.

J Cuvée 20 Brut

This release of J Cuvée from the J Winery & Vineyard (part of the Jordan Winery family) celebrates their 20 th anniversary as a sparkling house! As a young Stanford grad, Judy Jordan wanted to combine her work in environmental sciences and passion for traditional sparkling wines, hence her founding J Winery in 1986. Since their grapes are sourced from the Russian River AVA, this allows their sparkler to showcase all the classic flavors of green apple and Asian pear, along with mineral notes wrapped with a bright citrus finish. Pair this gorgeous bottle of bubbles with any meal ( seriously, people forget that Champagne/sparklers are wonderful from the start to the finish of a meal ) but what's more romantic than a fireside picnic with your loved one, this bottle and our CHEESES?!?!

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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