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Would like to send cheese for holiday gifts- Which websites are best?

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hopegoode Nov 16, 2006 03:46 AM

I'd like to send good quality but not too pricey. Any suggestions out there?

  1. Bill Hunt Nov 21, 2006 03:54 AM

    Vela Cheeses, Sonoma, CA and Wine Country Gift Baskets have done a good job for me over the years, as has Cowgirl Creamery.

    Hunt

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      Phoebe Nov 17, 2006 04:45 PM

      Go to: www.food411.com Under ingredients, click on Cheese/Dairy. They list all kinds of websites you can purchase from on-line. Too many to mention here.

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        tall sarah Nov 16, 2006 01:49 PM

        Grafton Cheddar Cheese is my family's favorite. We have sent cheese from them for over 20 years.

        http://www.graftonvillagecheese.com/

        1. Marge Nov 16, 2006 01:48 PM

          I have had excellent experiences with igourmet.com

          1. blue room Nov 16, 2006 01:46 PM

            I have found that cheese sites often insist on overnight delivery, which is *very* pricey--as much or more than the cheese itself! When I must have it though, I buy online from Murray's in New York, and have never been disappointed with the quality.

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              BJK Nov 16, 2006 12:25 PM

              http://formaggio-kitchen.com/

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                Jeda Nov 16, 2006 04:02 PM

                There seem to be two tiers of cheese site recs going on here. Cabot and Grafton make very good cheeses (cheddars) that you can find without looking too hard in grocery stores/specialty stores. The very special extra aged Cabot IS excellent, but I wouldn't hesitate to throw it on a sandwich or cracker or bring it hiking. Formaggio Kitchen and Cow Girl Creamery are a whole other level of specialty/artisanal cheese options. I second the Formaggio Kitchen rec - esp. if you want to send something that is guaranteed to be unusual, delicious, and the highest quality. You can call them and tell them what you want to spend/what you're looking for, and they'll put together an awesome selection for you. And if you're ever in Boston or New York, you can check out the stores and sample away! But I guess it depends on the recipient - are they a cheese lover looking for delicious unusual things, or do you want to send them something they're familiar with (cheddar), but a higher quality than they're used to?

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                Ellen Nov 16, 2006 12:00 PM

                Cabot Creamery http://www.cabotcheese.com/ has fabulous 2year aged cheddar that you can only buy directly from them. Also check out www.vtcheese.com for a larger selection of small producers that you can order directly from.

                1. BombayUpWithaTwist Nov 16, 2006 06:39 AM

                  Cow Girl Creamery has a great selection and very good cheese.

                  http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/Buyche...

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                    Bill Hunt Nov 21, 2006 03:52 AM

                    I have received great gifts from Cowgirl. Only problem came with a 10lb. block of Stilton. We did appetizers, soup, added it to a cheese course, or three, and consumed most of my Vintage Port, but still had too much left over. Great cheeses, and a good selection.

                    Hunt

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