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Jan 4, 2008 08:53 AM

Where to get your cheese for a wine and cheese party

If you were having a wine and cheese party, where would you go in Toronto to get the cheese for the party? I know I can go to SLM or Kensington Market and there's the various boutiques, but I want to know where I'm going to get the best value for my money and where I can ask for their advice about what to serve based on the wines I get.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I would suggest either Alex Farms on Bayview or Whole Foods. There is also some great websites out there that speak about matching wine and cheese. My husband knows of one which I will post later today.

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    1. re: millygirl

      Thanks, Millygirl. I have a link to Billy Munnelly's website, but I'm not planning on doing too much homework in this case, just hopefully get some good suggestions from a cheesemonger (do we still use that term? ;-)
      I think I'll check out Alex Farms this weekend.

      Edited: I lied, I'm doing homework after all, lol

      1. re: millygirl

        I would also agree with the Alex Farms - for both SLM & Beaches. I was at the Beaches location on the weekend to pick up a cheese to "snack on" (i was in the mood for blue) and walked out with $60 worth of "snacking" cheeses. (A fab raw sheep's milk, a triple cream brie, and an organic gruyere!) lol. Sinfully good & totally on the money, BTW.

        They were very knowledgeable - asked me what I was in the mood for - salty, crumbly, smooth, etc. then offered me a sample. Really pleased with our selection.

      2. I don't have a cheese shop that can recommend wines. I will, for a change, endorse the LCBO website for their food pairings. Enter "Red Still Table Wine" under Product Subcategory and "cheese" under Food Match. Voila!

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        1. re: Googs

          Pescatarian, check out and click on the food matching guide. I've found it very helpful, particularly for cheeses. Now do I get an invite :)

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          1. Thank you all. I found another interesting matching chart, if anyone is interested:

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            1. re: pescatarian

              I'm a fan of Salumeria myself- on Yonge- east side, north of Davisville.

            2. I always go to the Alex Farms at the south east end of St Lawrence market. Knowledgable staff will suggest and let you try anything...

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              1. re: aparker

                I agree that Alex Farms is your best bet. The staff at the Danforth and Bayview locations are equally helpful. Quebec cheeses are fabulous, especially triple creme (Riopelle) and blues. Try the latter with figs - superb! Alex Farms also has an in house cheddar which is quite good.

                1. re: Montrachet

                  I just had my own $50 alex farm trip, and while everything I got was lovely it smarted to pay that for snackin' cheese.

                  I really really like Global cheese in kensington - I usually go there and the staff are always lovely and helpful. And kind of importantly they always ask how much do you want to spend and help me get the most for my money or tell me what's really worth splurging on. I've done a few theme nights - wine and cheese pairing in general and then some country specific nights and they are always great with recommendations and write down all the names and origins for me on the packages. I don't even mind that the older guys all refer to me as sweetheart - coming from them it's charming.