California Artisan Cheeses?
I am not sure if this is in the right spot, but I'm sure it'll get moved if I'm wrong.
I'm looking for a good cheese gift for a friend. One year, I received a pack of three cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery, which I enjoyed. Are there other sources I should look into for ordering cheese? He likes all types of cheese, even the soft, stinky ones and the crazy blues (all of which are my favorites).
If you'll be sending the gift to your friend, I recomment you check out www.murrayscheese.com (Murray's Cheese Shop in NYC) or www.cheese.com (iGourmet). Both offer great packages which they can ship directly to your friend.
If you'll be giving the gift in person, I recommend you visit a local cheese shop in your area and ask for their help. They can help you select cheeses that are ripest, in season and sure to bring a smile to your friend's face. Another idea would be a gift certificate for a cheese class or something like that.
You didn't mention if you are in Calif, but local farmers' markets are also a good source, and you could ship yourself. Our central coast markets have a seller who brings cheese down from NorCal as well as selling local cheeses.
I just discovered an artisan fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese place in Northern California, BUBALUS BUBALIS ( http://www.realmozzarella.com/ )plus a place to buy it in Santa Barbara at Tri-Counties Produce.
They send gift packs so you can get it fresh, fresh, fresh which is the only way to really savor this wonderful low-key cheese that has nothing at all to do with one finds hard and rubbery in the supermarkets or bland and uninteresting when soft and made with cows milk or benign when even imported buffalo milk.