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Jan 12, 2008 10:49 AM

The Cheese Shop in Winter Park

Cheese! Cheese! Cheese!

After lunch at Orchid (the new Thai restaurant a few doors down) good friend and I hit the newly opened Cheese Shop in Winter Park, just down from the new Panera Bread (not near Aloma).

The Cheese Chop is very lovely, neat and well appointed with cheeses, select gourmet condiments and select bottles of wine meant to accompany the cheeses in the case. I was pleased to see several interesting and tasty wine selections that you just don't see everywhere. Decently priced and certainly not overpriced...a great option for picking up a bottle on the fly to enjoy with your noshes.

There are rotating samples of various cheeses under glass, but if you are shopping they'll be happy to slice off samples of cheeses you are on the fence about. The name cards used to identify the cheeses, also provide selected wine varietals to look at when pairing. Nice touch.

I picked up some sharp cheddar (Grafton Village Cheese Company, Gold). Sharp but nice and creamy, esp. for a cheddar with a kick. Thumbs up! I also picked up 2 goat cheeses, one is Palhais, from Torres Vedras, Portugal and the Crottin de Champcol, from Loire around Sancerre. Creamy, mild...yum.

I was told while in the shop that they would be "beefing up" the refrigerated cases with select meats and would be providing picnic service to enjoy at the park soon.


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  1. Excellent. I've been looking forward to trying them ever since I first heard about them here a couple months back. I love me some cheese, but I'm definitely not an expert on fancy gourmet cheeses.

    1. winechic, did they have any breads for sale as well? I love eating cheese with fresh French breads and wine.

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      1. re: shardan01

        Not yet, but they mentioned getting bread and other staples in there. The owner specifically mentioned providing a Ploughman's lunch (Bread, hunk of cheese and pickle, etc.) along with a more done up picnic lunch in the very near future.

        I'm with Voodoo Lou, I know what I like and I like me some cheese! The owners were very nice and happy to talk about their products, so you end up picking up some nice information along with your product. Like with wine, it's nice to be able to sample so you can figure out what you like, what you REALLY like and what you never want to try again!

        FYI, there is a new Bakery called Croissant Gourmet that will be opening around the corner on Morse Blvd. in the months to come. :D It looks like they divided up the former Wm. J. Sweets space into two store fronts. I'm thinking cheese from The Cheese Shop and then skipping down to Croissant Gourmet.

        1. re: winechic

          I went to the Cheese Shop on Sunday - very nice! We picked up a couple of cheeses and we were able to try each cheese before we bought it. They now have the Ploughman's lunch with a large roll, a hunk of cheddar, and a piece of fruit for around $8. I asked if they were going to get bread in soon and they are not sure because there is also a Panera a few doors down. So, I ended up going to Panera's and picking up a loaf of their country bread to go with my cheese.

      2. Sounds like a winner; I'll be checking out those cheeses soon! Thanks for the heads up, winechic....


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