Wine & Cheese
Cheese is an ancient food whose origins predate recorded history. By the time of the Roman Empire cheese making was already a sophisticated art. Today throughout the world small creameries produce exceptional cheeses in limited quantities, often only sold through local cheese shops.
We delight in uncovering these creameries and now our Available Cheese Database lists lists all the cheeses we have paired with our wines.
Through our Cheese Club we provide a quarterly shipment of ½ lb each of three selected “Village Cheeses”. The three cheeses in each shipment are paired with the three wines in our quarterly Wine Club shipment. Price is $45 per quarter plus $20 shipping, if applicable.
We are drawn to cheese as a companion to wine because of its similarities to wine, you need good milk to make good cheese, the cheese reflects the cheese maker's personality, it's best if aged correctly and there are lot of cheeses but only a few really good ones.
Each cheese will develop a unique appearance, texture, flavor and aroma qualities as it ages. Generally the cheese maker partially ages the cheese leaving an allowance for the time it will need for transportation throughout the distribution network. We are almost the last step in this process so we are very particular about our cheese orders and scrutinize every cheese delivery so your cheese arrives at optimum age for its variety.
Like wine, cheese is a living food as needs to be presented in the correct manner in accordance with the rest of the meal.
In The Odyssey, one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer around 1184 BC the Greek hero Odysseus (Ulysses in Roman literature) and his men were fed cheese and wine by the goddess Circe.
Now, three millennia later we are still enjoying wine and cheese and why not? Both wine and cheese are natural products, created using a reasonably standard process but with a myriad of results and both tend to age well.
Today's issues are not about wine or cheese but rather how we pair them together so they interact with each other and enhance your enjoyment of both.