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Made for those cheese lovers with a taste for robust flavors and aromatic cheeses. Our French Cheeses for the Connoisseur is perfect for a Francophile-centric fromagier, or anyone looking to enjoy some bold selections of French cheese class...ics. We have included four of our favorites (a virtually impossible decision). Cheeses include: Pont L'Eveque: One of the world's ancient cheeses, Pont L'Eveque is a small washed-rind cheese that dates back to the Thirteenth Century. It is well known for its delicate bouquet, which is said to be reminiscent of the Norman countryside. However, it does tend to have a strong, pungent aroma that is not for the timid. (8.5 oz) Gruyere de Comte Reserve: Comte is made with fresh Alpine milk and formed into 80-pound wheels. This extraordinary cheese is a noticeable upgrade from our base Gruyere de Comte, more complex and nutty. Comte Reserve has a pronounced nose and is a divine treasure cherished by connoisseurs. (8 oz) Buche de Chevre: This wonderful goat's milk cheese from Poitou in the Loire Valley comes to us in handcrafted wooden crates the most exquisite chevre we have ever tasted! When enjoying this cheese, you savor a delightful combination of flavors and textures in each bite. Buche de Chevre is a true delicacy that begs for a warm, crusty French baguette and a glass of robust red wine from neighboring Bordeaux. (8 oz) Fourme d'Ambert: This AOC (name controlled) creamy blue cheese is a lovely French treasure. Fourme d'Ambert is cave-aged for a minimum of two months, made from raw cow's milk and has a tremendous, creamy, full-bodied flavor. (8 oz) Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. read more

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This collection of cheeses pairs perfectly with the included fruited cheese accompaniments. Artfully arranged on a wicker tray, th...is assortment can serve as a perfect light lunch or pre-dinner appetizer. Mountain Gorgonzola: From Italy's Lombardy region, we present Mountain Gorgonzola, a sharp and tangy cheese. (8 oz) ~ Pair with... Rhubarb and Muscat Wine Compote by Belberry: A bright and lively jam. This Rhubarb and Muscat Wine Compote from Belgium is perfect for serving with all types of fresh and aged goat's milk cheeses. (4.5 oz) Collier's Welsh Cheddar : Collier's Welsh Cheddar brings together the finest ingredients, a heritage of cheese making and particular recipes to produce products of unmistakable quality and character. (8 oz) ~ Pair with... Fig and Almond Fruit Pyramid by Valley Produce Company: Made from one pound of reduced fruit, it contains no artificial colors or flavors. Unlike most other fruit pastes, VPC Pyramids are made by hand and have no added pectin or fillers. (2.6 oz) Camembert: French Camembert is a wonderfully creamy cow's milk cheese that is perfect before or after the meal. Similar to Brie, but with a slightly fuller flavor. (8 oz) ~ Pair with... Sourwood Honey by Savannah Bee Co.: This award winning honey is big and complex with hints of maple and spice. Perfect for adding some zing to a creamy wedge of Brie or Camembert. Please note that this tray does not include, knife, cheese board, or mini toasts. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. read more

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La Champagne is a region of timeless natural beauty. The name derives from the Latin 'campus', 'campania', or field. In Old French... this became 'Champaign'. Today, it's Champagne. From the very outset, the wines of Champagne were prized above all the vineyards of Europe. Over 24 million bottles are sold in the U.S. every year. Here are a few cheeses we enjoy with champagne: Chevre by Vermont Butter and Cheese: A high quality spreadable goat cheese from Vermont. Distinguished by a simple, mild, fresh goat's milk flavor, the cheese is highly versatile. (3 oz) Kerrygold Irish Cheddar: This connoisseur's cheddar, notable for its rich, rounded flavor and firm, smooth body, deserves a place on the cheese board alongside your choice of the world's other great cheeses. (8 oz) Camembert: The most famous cheese from Normandy, it has a white mold rind and a rich, creamy interior that pairs delightfully with fine Champagne. (8 oz) Pave d'Affinois: Pave d'Affinois is a simple, white-rinded cheese with a pleasing finish. Made in small, 5.3-ounce squares that are individually wrapped, this cheese is reminiscent of a Brie or a Camembert. (5.5 oz) Carr's Water Crackers: Perfect for serving with cheeses, fruit, and spreads when entertaining. (2.2 oz) igourmet.com Signature Cheese Serving Knife: Specifically crafted for us at igourmet.com, this multi-function cheese knife is the perfect tool to easily slice uniform servings of your favorite cheeses. Gift Presentation: Packed in our signature chocolate colored gift box, finished with an elegant matching bow. Champagne not included. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. read more

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What could be better than to break out that prized bottle of wine you've been saving, served with some of the world's greatest che...eses? This Four-Cheese Sampler was created with everyone's palate in mind. The cheeses in the sampler are: Mountain Gorgonzola: This superb blue comes from Italy's famed Lombardy region. It is mild yet tangy, creamy yet firm, with a pale interior laced with streaks of blue. Delicious served the Italian way (drizzled with honey), it is a real treat for connoisseurs. (8 oz) Beemster Classic Extra Aged Gouda: One of the rarest, most sought after Dutch specially-cured cheeses (8 oz) Gruyere de Comte: This robust French classic is a wonderfully versatile raw cow's milk cheese with a fruity, spicy, full flavor, and is aged for a full 12 months. (8 oz) Collier's Cheddar: Collier's Welsh Cheddar brings together the finest ingredients and a heritage of cheese making to produce a cheese of unmistakable quality and character. (8 oz) Mini Toasts: Perfect for elegant canapés and delicious snacks, you will love these little toasts from Holland. (2.75 oz) igourmet.com Signature Cheese Serving Knife: Specifically crafted for us at igourmet.com, this multi-function cheese knife is the perfect tool to easily slice uniform servings of your favorite cheeses. Gift Presentation: This assortment is packed in our signature chocolate colored gift box finished with an elegant matching ribbon. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. read more

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Chardonnay comes from the green-skinned European vinifera grape. The wine is characterized by citrus flavors - particularly limes ...and lemons, and also tropical fruit, pineapple, dried peaches, nuts, butterscotch. The texture is often described as buttery. Here are some cheeses we enjoy with this tart, fruity wine: Provolone Dolce: Our Provolone Dolce is produced from selected cow's milk in Italy. It is aged for an extended period of time, allowing it to develop a sharp taste and bold character. (8 oz) Tarentaise: From Thistle Hill Farm in Vermont, this slightly spicy, warmly nutty, hard cheese reminds us of a premium quality French Abondance. (8 oz) Kerrygold Dubliner: A new style of aged Irish cheeses, Dubliner tastes of a mature Cheddar with the sweet aftertaste of Reggiano. Dubliner was created by the Irish company Kerrygold and named after Ireland's capital city. (8 oz) Chardonnay not included. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. This item is not packaged as a gift. If you would like the gift packaged version of this item please click here. read more

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Beer and cheese? This enticing tradition is being resurrected here in the U.S., at microbreweries and dairies across the country. ...Some of the classic combinations are simply divine, whilst contemporary pairing of new world beers and cheeses is yielding exciting results. English and American Brown Ales share many characteristics, and both complement this selection of cheeses beautifully. These hand-crafted ales crave textured, robust and complex cheeses, and that's exactly what we've given them. Pete's, Rogue, Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn Brewery all produce popular domestic Brown Ale, whilst from the other side of the pond, Samuel Smiths and of course Newcastle are easily accessible. Cheshire: One of England's finest, this three month cow's milk cheese has a sweet, caramel-ripe butter smell with notes of straw and a bright acidity - perfect for a nice glass of Brown Ale. (8 oz) Agour Ossau-Iraty: One of our favorite sheep's milk cheeses from the French Pyrenees. A slightly dry texture gives way to a creamy, buttery quality in the mouth, and the flavors hint at both herbs and fruit, with slightly nutty undertones. (8 oz) Extra DOUBLE Aged Gouda: Beemster have created a true masterpiece in their 26 month old gouda, its brittle texture punctured with alternating hints of caramel, butterscotch, whiskey and pecans. (8 oz) Monte Veronese: From Lessinia, Italy, this cow's milk cheese is aged approximately 5 months to create a sweet, yet delicate rich, fruity, nutty flavor. (8 oz) Beer not included. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. This item is not packaged as a gift. If you would like the gift packaged version of this item please click here. read more

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The South may be better known for Pimento Cheese than highfalutin gourmet cheese, but this sampler is ready to change that! Includ...ed are four artisan cheeses direct from the American South. Each cheese packs a punch of flavor that's sure to liven up any get-together, appetizer tray, or weekend cookout. This assortment includes: Florida: Bleu Sunshine: Produced in small wheels, Bleu Sunshine ages to perfection quickly and maintains the closest possible connection to the cow and farm. This natural rind, blue veined cheese superbly balances the complexities inherent within raw milk cheese. (8 oz) Georgia: Thomasville Tomme: This unpasteurized cow's milk cheese has a golden yellow color and mellow, buttery flavor. As a snack or part of the dessert course, it simply melts in your mouth. (8 oz) Virginia: Grayson: Surface ripened with a reddish-orange rind gives this cheese its characteristically strong smell, as well as a heavenly taste. Reminiscent of the aromatic Italian Taleggio or French Livarot, but with Meadow Creek Dairy's rich Jersey milk. (8 oz) Texas: Montasio Festivo: Bold and assertive with a nutty tinge, the depth of flavor in this cheese is remarkable. Montasio Festivo is rubbed with an ancho chile/olive oil paste to form a thin, dark-red rind, whilst also lending the cheese a spicy aroma. (8 oz) Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal or greater value. If you would like this item artfully packed in a Signature Gift Box, please click here. read more

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This is a full-bodied cheese with a nutty flavor and smooth texture. The cheese is hand rubbed with a Turkish grind of Colorado Le...gacy Coffee Company's (The Cheesemakers brother) "Beehive Blend". The blend consists of a mix of South American, Central American, and Indonesian beans roasted to different styles. French Superior Lavender buds are ground with the coffee and the mixture is diluted with oil to suspend the dry ingredients in the rub. The rub imparts notes of butterscotch and caramel, which are prevalent near the rind, but find their way to the center of the cheese. The cheese is aged on Utah Blue Spruce aging racks in Beehive Cheese Co's humidity controlled caves, and moved to different temperatures during the four-month aging process to develop texture and flavor. When you take a bite of Beehive Cheese, it melts like butter in your mouth- that's because it's made from some of the creamiest and cleanest milk in Utah, lovingly crafted into specialty cheese by a family who shares a passion for the artisan way of life. In 2005, brothers-in-law Tim Welsh and Pat Ford left the fast-paced world of software and real estate seeking a more simple way of life as artisan cheese makers. They traded in their grinding traffic commute for quiet mornings sitting with 500 gallons of farm-fresh milk. They gave up briefcases and laptops for the romance of making hand-crafted cheese: hours spent mixing and warming milk, feeling it thicken and envelope the room with the sweet smell of custard. Days spent following natural rhythms: waking before dawn to welcome new milk and feeling the tired ache of sore muscles at day's end and months waiting with an artisan's patience for their cheeses to ripen to perfection. Awards - 1st Place, American Cheese Society Annual Competition 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Made with vegetarian rennet. Made in a facility that also processes tree nuts. Made from pasteurized cow's milk. Photo depicts whole 5 lb. form of cheese. We cut and wrap this item by the half-pound. Please contact us if you would like to purchase the whole form. read more

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Sauvignon Blanc, also known as Fumé Blanc, is a white wine known for its fresh, tangy style with gooseberry like hints and grassy,... herbaceous flavors. Here are some cheeses we enjoy with this popular wine: Buche de Chevre: This wonderful goat's milk cheese is from Poitou in the Loire Valley. Each Buche de Chevre is aged for two months, during which time it develops a hard, edible crust complete with a bloomy, white mold coating. It is sharp and tangy near the rind and gets progressively richer and creamier toward the center. (8 oz) Pecorino Toscano: Pecorino Toscano is a young 100% sheep's milk cheese, only about 40 days old when it arrives on our shores. Because it is a young cheese, it is somewhat discreet; almost shy. As the cheese first hits your tongue, you detect a hint of Tuscan herbs, grass and wildflowers. The aftertaste it leaves on your palate is a wonderfully complex flavor that is hard to describe but easy to enjoy. (8 oz) Piave: Piave cheese is named after the river Piave, whose source is found at Mount Peralba in Val Visdende, in the northernmost part of the province of Belluno, Italy. With its sweet, full-bodied flavor, it is sure to please. Rapidly becoming a household name. (8 oz) Mini Toasts: With their crusty texture and mild taste, they are ideal with paté, cheese, smoked salmon or caviar. (2.75 oz), Fontina Val d'Aosta: Fontina is the symbol of agriculture in Italy's tiny, French speaking Aosta Valley region. The cows that produce the milk for Fontina Val d'Aosta graze on high-altitude Alpine pastures dotted with wildflowers and native herbs. Fontina is a great cooking cheese, as it melts evenly without losing any flavor. It is best noted for its value as a savory and fruity table cheese. Its slightly grassy flavor embodies the taste of a true raw milk cheese. (8 oz) Sauvignon Blanc not included. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. This item is not packaged as a gift. If you would like the gift packaged version of this item please click here. read more

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While Riesling holds great status in Europe, it is only recently that Americans have come to enjoy its fruity acidity, and truly a...ppreciate its value at the dinner table. The same is true with Rieslings' incredible affinity to cheese. We have hand-picked the following cheeses to complement our favorite Rieslings. Rauchkase: Germany is the original home to the Riesling grape, making it a must to include a fine German cheese in this assortment. Rauchkase is aged for 30 days, then gently smoked using a technique that dates back to early times. Inside its polished, edible brown rind, Rauchkase has a creamy, buttery, smoky flavor that ranges from mild to piquant. (8 oz) Gruyere de Comte Black Label Reserve:Matured to perfection, this French cheese has been produced since the reign of Charlemagne. Contributing to raw-milk Comté's unique flavor, morning and evening milkings are mingled before the cheese making process. The wheels are aged for a full year, resulting in a sweet and nutty masterpiece. (8 oz) Crotonese: An aged sheep's milk product from Crotone, it is one of southern Italy's signature cheeses. Firm in texture with a slightly tangy, lemony flavor, this cheese is best served with the meal; either before as an hors d'oeuvre, or after as part of a dessert course. (8 oz) Riesling not included. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal or greater value. This item is not packaged as a gift. If you would like the gift packaged version of this item please click here. read more

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When the word cheese is mentioned, most of us immediately think of France. We can't help it; it's a knee-jerk reaction. As excelle...nt as are the hundreds of cheeses that originate from all corners of the globe, France is always the first country that comes to mind when discussing cheese making. Our French Cheese Assortment captures a good bit of French cheese culture with the four cheeses listed below. Chevre by Couturier: This classic French goat cheese is quite fresh and spreadable. Formed in the shape of a log, enjoy this cheese on salads, as a snack, or with fruit for dessert. (4 oz) Camembert: This famous soft-ripened cheese from Normandie has a creamy interior beneath a fluffy (and edible) white rind. Similar to Brie, but with a slightly fuller flavor. (8.8 oz) Abbaye de Belloc: We're happy to bring you this raw sheep's milk cheese from the Pays Basque region of Aquitaine (French Pyrenees). Its milk comes from red-nosed Manech ewes raised on farms adjacent to the Abbaye de Notre Dame de Belloc. (8 oz) Gruyère de Comté: Created by local villagers in alpine dairies called "Fruiteries", its milk comes only from Montbeliarde and Tachete de L'est cows. Each 70+ pound wheel of raw-milk Comté is aged for at least six months, resulting in a sweet and nutty masterpiece. (8 oz) Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. This item is not packaged as a gift. If you would like the gift packaged version of this item please click here. read more

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This collection of cheeses pairs perfectly with the included fruited cheese accompaniments. Artfully arranged on a wicker tray, th...is assortment can serve as a perfect light lunch or pre-dinner appetizer. Mountain Gorgonzola: From Italy's Lombardy region, we present Mountain Gorgonzola, a sharp and tangy cheese. (8 oz) ~ Pair with... Rhubarb and Muscat Wine Compote by Belberry: A bright and lively jam. This Rhubarb and Muscat Wine Compote from Belgium is perfect for serving with all types of fresh and aged goat's milk cheeses. (4.5 oz) Collier's Welsh Cheddar : Collier's Welsh Cheddar brings together the finest ingredients, a heritage of cheese making and particular recipes to produce products of unmistakable quality and character. (8 oz) ~ Pair with... Fig and Almond Fruit Pyramid by Valley Produce Company: Made from one pound of reduced fruit, it contains no artificial colors or flavors. Unlike most other fruit pastes, VPC Pyramids are made by hand and have no added pectin or fillers. (2.6 oz) Camembert: French Camembert is a wonderfully creamy cow's milk cheese that is perfect before or after the meal. Similar to Brie, but with a slightly fuller flavor. (8 oz) ~ Pair with... Sourwood Honey by Savannah Bee Co.: This award winning honey is big and complex with hints of maple and spice. Perfect for adding some zing to a creamy wedge of Brie or Camembert. Please note that this tray does not include, knife, cheese board, or mini toasts. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. read more

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La Champagne is a region of timeless natural beauty. The name derives from the Latin 'campus', 'campania', or field. In Old French... this became 'Champaign'. Today, it's Champagne. From the very outset, the wines of Champagne were prized above all the vineyards of Europe. Over 24 million bottles are sold in the U.S. every year. Here are a few cheeses we enjoy with champagne: Chevre by Vermont Butter and Cheese: A high quality spreadable goat cheese from Vermont. Distinguished by a simple, mild, fresh goat's milk flavor, the cheese is highly versatile. (3 oz) Kerrygold Irish Cheddar: This connoisseur's cheddar, notable for its rich, rounded flavor and firm, smooth body, deserves a place on the cheese board alongside your choice of the world's other great cheeses. (8 oz) Camembert: The most famous cheese from Normandy, it has a white mold rind and a rich, creamy interior that pairs delightfully with fine Champagne. (8 oz) Pave d'Affinois: Pave d'Affinois is a simple, white-rinded cheese with a pleasing finish. Made in small, 5.3-ounce squares that are individually wrapped, this cheese is reminiscent of a Brie or a Camembert. (5.5 oz) Carr's Water Crackers: Perfect for serving with cheeses, fruit, and spreads when entertaining. (2.2 oz) igourmet.com Signature Cheese Serving Knife: Specifically crafted for us at igourmet.com, this multi-function cheese knife is the perfect tool to easily slice uniform servings of your favorite cheeses. Gift Presentation: Packed in our signature chocolate colored gift box, finished with an elegant matching bow. Champagne not included. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. read more

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What could be better than to break out that prized bottle of wine you've been saving, served with some of the world's greatest che...eses? This Four-Cheese Sampler was created with everyone's palate in mind. The cheeses in the sampler are: Mountain Gorgonzola: This superb blue comes from Italy's famed Lombardy region. It is mild yet tangy, creamy yet firm, with a pale interior laced with streaks of blue. Delicious served the Italian way (drizzled with honey), it is a real treat for connoisseurs. (8 oz) Beemster Classic Extra Aged Gouda: One of the rarest, most sought after Dutch specially-cured cheeses (8 oz) Gruyere de Comte: This robust French classic is a wonderfully versatile raw cow's milk cheese with a fruity, spicy, full flavor, and is aged for a full 12 months. (8 oz) Collier's Cheddar: Collier's Welsh Cheddar brings together the finest ingredients and a heritage of cheese making to produce a cheese of unmistakable quality and character. (8 oz) Mini Toasts: Perfect for elegant canapés and delicious snacks, you will love these little toasts from Holland. (2.75 oz) igourmet.com Signature Cheese Serving Knife: Specifically crafted for us at igourmet.com, this multi-function cheese knife is the perfect tool to easily slice uniform servings of your favorite cheeses. Gift Presentation: This assortment is packed in our signature chocolate colored gift box finished with an elegant matching ribbon. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. read more

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Chardonnay comes from the green-skinned European vinifera grape. The wine is characterized by citrus flavors - particularly limes ...and lemons, and also tropical fruit, pineapple, dried peaches, nuts, butterscotch. The texture is often described as buttery. Here are some cheeses we enjoy with this tart, fruity wine: Provolone Dolce: Our Provolone Dolce is produced from selected cow's milk in Italy. It is aged for an extended period of time, allowing it to develop a sharp taste and bold character. (8 oz) Tarentaise: From Thistle Hill Farm in Vermont, this slightly spicy, warmly nutty, hard cheese reminds us of a premium quality French Abondance. (8 oz) Kerrygold Dubliner: A new style of aged Irish cheeses, Dubliner tastes of a mature Cheddar with the sweet aftertaste of Reggiano. Dubliner was created by the Irish company Kerrygold and named after Ireland's capital city. (8 oz) Chardonnay not included. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. This item is not packaged as a gift. If you would like the gift packaged version of this item please click here. read more

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Beer and cheese? This enticing tradition is being resurrected here in the U.S., at microbreweries and dairies across the country. ...Some of the classic combinations are simply divine, whilst contemporary pairing of new world beers and cheeses is yielding exciting results. English and American Brown Ales share many characteristics, and both complement this selection of cheeses beautifully. These hand-crafted ales crave textured, robust and complex cheeses, and that's exactly what we've given them. Pete's, Rogue, Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn Brewery all produce popular domestic Brown Ale, whilst from the other side of the pond, Samuel Smiths and of course Newcastle are easily accessible. Cheshire: One of England's finest, this three month cow's milk cheese has a sweet, caramel-ripe butter smell with notes of straw and a bright acidity - perfect for a nice glass of Brown Ale. (8 oz) Agour Ossau-Iraty: One of our favorite sheep's milk cheeses from the French Pyrenees. A slightly dry texture gives way to a creamy, buttery quality in the mouth, and the flavors hint at both herbs and fruit, with slightly nutty undertones. (8 oz) Extra DOUBLE Aged Gouda: Beemster have created a true masterpiece in their 26 month old gouda, its brittle texture punctured with alternating hints of caramel, butterscotch, whiskey and pecans. (8 oz) Monte Veronese: From Lessinia, Italy, this cow's milk cheese is aged approximately 5 months to create a sweet, yet delicate rich, fruity, nutty flavor. (8 oz) Beer not included. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. This item is not packaged as a gift. If you would like the gift packaged version of this item please click here. read more

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The South may be better known for Pimento Cheese than highfalutin gourmet cheese, but this sampler is ready to change that! Includ...ed are four artisan cheeses direct from the American South. Each cheese packs a punch of flavor that's sure to liven up any get-together, appetizer tray, or weekend cookout. This assortment includes: Florida: Bleu Sunshine: Produced in small wheels, Bleu Sunshine ages to perfection quickly and maintains the closest possible connection to the cow and farm. This natural rind, blue veined cheese superbly balances the complexities inherent within raw milk cheese. (8 oz) Georgia: Thomasville Tomme: This unpasteurized cow's milk cheese has a golden yellow color and mellow, buttery flavor. As a snack or part of the dessert course, it simply melts in your mouth. (8 oz) Virginia: Grayson: Surface ripened with a reddish-orange rind gives this cheese its characteristically strong smell, as well as a heavenly taste. Reminiscent of the aromatic Italian Taleggio or French Livarot, but with Meadow Creek Dairy's rich Jersey milk. (8 oz) Texas: Montasio Festivo: Bold and assertive with a nutty tinge, the depth of flavor in this cheese is remarkable. Montasio Festivo is rubbed with an ancho chile/olive oil paste to form a thin, dark-red rind, whilst also lending the cheese a spicy aroma. (8 oz) Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal or greater value. If you would like this item artfully packed in a Signature Gift Box, please click here. read more

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This is a full-bodied cheese with a nutty flavor and smooth texture. The cheese is hand rubbed with a Turkish grind of Colorado Le...gacy Coffee Company's (The Cheesemakers brother) "Beehive Blend". The blend consists of a mix of South American, Central American, and Indonesian beans roasted to different styles. French Superior Lavender buds are ground with the coffee and the mixture is diluted with oil to suspend the dry ingredients in the rub. The rub imparts notes of butterscotch and caramel, which are prevalent near the rind, but find their way to the center of the cheese. The cheese is aged on Utah Blue Spruce aging racks in Beehive Cheese Co's humidity controlled caves, and moved to different temperatures during the four-month aging process to develop texture and flavor. When you take a bite of Beehive Cheese, it melts like butter in your mouth- that's because it's made from some of the creamiest and cleanest milk in Utah, lovingly crafted into specialty cheese by a family who shares a passion for the artisan way of life. In 2005, brothers-in-law Tim Welsh and Pat Ford left the fast-paced world of software and real estate seeking a more simple way of life as artisan cheese makers. They traded in their grinding traffic commute for quiet mornings sitting with 500 gallons of farm-fresh milk. They gave up briefcases and laptops for the romance of making hand-crafted cheese: hours spent mixing and warming milk, feeling it thicken and envelope the room with the sweet smell of custard. Days spent following natural rhythms: waking before dawn to welcome new milk and feeling the tired ache of sore muscles at day's end and months waiting with an artisan's patience for their cheeses to ripen to perfection. Awards - 1st Place, American Cheese Society Annual Competition 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Made with vegetarian rennet. Made in a facility that also processes tree nuts. Made from pasteurized cow's milk. Photo depicts whole 5 lb. form of cheese. We cut and wrap this item by the half-pound. Please contact us if you would like to purchase the whole form. read more

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Sauvignon Blanc, also known as Fumé Blanc, is a white wine known for its fresh, tangy style with gooseberry like hints and grassy,... herbaceous flavors. Here are some cheeses we enjoy with this popular wine: Buche de Chevre: This wonderful goat's milk cheese is from Poitou in the Loire Valley. Each Buche de Chevre is aged for two months, during which time it develops a hard, edible crust complete with a bloomy, white mold coating. It is sharp and tangy near the rind and gets progressively richer and creamier toward the center. (8 oz) Pecorino Toscano: Pecorino Toscano is a young 100% sheep's milk cheese, only about 40 days old when it arrives on our shores. Because it is a young cheese, it is somewhat discreet; almost shy. As the cheese first hits your tongue, you detect a hint of Tuscan herbs, grass and wildflowers. The aftertaste it leaves on your palate is a wonderfully complex flavor that is hard to describe but easy to enjoy. (8 oz) Piave: Piave cheese is named after the river Piave, whose source is found at Mount Peralba in Val Visdende, in the northernmost part of the province of Belluno, Italy. With its sweet, full-bodied flavor, it is sure to please. Rapidly becoming a household name. (8 oz) Mini Toasts: With their crusty texture and mild taste, they are ideal with paté, cheese, smoked salmon or caviar. (2.75 oz), Fontina Val d'Aosta: Fontina is the symbol of agriculture in Italy's tiny, French speaking Aosta Valley region. The cows that produce the milk for Fontina Val d'Aosta graze on high-altitude Alpine pastures dotted with wildflowers and native herbs. Fontina is a great cooking cheese, as it melts evenly without losing any flavor. It is best noted for its value as a savory and fruity table cheese. Its slightly grassy flavor embodies the taste of a true raw milk cheese. (8 oz) Sauvignon Blanc not included. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. This item is not packaged as a gift. If you would like the gift packaged version of this item please click here. read more

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While Riesling holds great status in Europe, it is only recently that Americans have come to enjoy its fruity acidity, and truly a...ppreciate its value at the dinner table. The same is true with Rieslings' incredible affinity to cheese. We have hand-picked the following cheeses to complement our favorite Rieslings. Rauchkase: Germany is the original home to the Riesling grape, making it a must to include a fine German cheese in this assortment. Rauchkase is aged for 30 days, then gently smoked using a technique that dates back to early times. Inside its polished, edible brown rind, Rauchkase has a creamy, buttery, smoky flavor that ranges from mild to piquant. (8 oz) Gruyere de Comte Black Label Reserve:Matured to perfection, this French cheese has been produced since the reign of Charlemagne. Contributing to raw-milk Comté's unique flavor, morning and evening milkings are mingled before the cheese making process. The wheels are aged for a full year, resulting in a sweet and nutty masterpiece. (8 oz) Crotonese: An aged sheep's milk product from Crotone, it is one of southern Italy's signature cheeses. Firm in texture with a slightly tangy, lemony flavor, this cheese is best served with the meal; either before as an hors d'oeuvre, or after as part of a dessert course. (8 oz) Riesling not included. Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal or greater value. This item is not packaged as a gift. If you would like the gift packaged version of this item please click here. read more

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When the word cheese is mentioned, most of us immediately think of France. We can't help it; it's a knee-jerk reaction. As excelle...nt as are the hundreds of cheeses that originate from all corners of the globe, France is always the first country that comes to mind when discussing cheese making. Our French Cheese Assortment captures a good bit of French cheese culture with the four cheeses listed below. Chevre by Couturier: This classic French goat cheese is quite fresh and spreadable. Formed in the shape of a log, enjoy this cheese on salads, as a snack, or with fruit for dessert. (4 oz) Camembert: This famous soft-ripened cheese from Normandie has a creamy interior beneath a fluffy (and edible) white rind. Similar to Brie, but with a slightly fuller flavor. (8.8 oz) Abbaye de Belloc: We're happy to bring you this raw sheep's milk cheese from the Pays Basque region of Aquitaine (French Pyrenees). Its milk comes from red-nosed Manech ewes raised on farms adjacent to the Abbaye de Notre Dame de Belloc. (8 oz) Gruyère de Comté: Created by local villagers in alpine dairies called "Fruiteries", its milk comes only from Montbeliarde and Tachete de L'est cows. Each 70+ pound wheel of raw-milk Comté is aged for at least six months, resulting in a sweet and nutty masterpiece. (8 oz) Please note that any item temporarily out of stock will be substituted with a similar item of equal value. This item is not packaged as a gift. If you would like the gift packaged version of this item please click here. read more

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