Cheese affineur with some time on their hands
Would love to find a cheese shop in Paris who would entertain our questions for a while (aging conditions, aging process, etc.) in English plus bits of French.
We will probably just pop into one or more but if someone knows of a quieter shop where the proprietor is especially friendly, forthcoming, that would be great.
Another option would be to enjoy a small group (6) or private tour called "Markets of Paris" offered by Context Travel. The food docent takes you on a walking tour through farmers markets which exposes you to herbs, spices, cheeses & many other foods. Try this site for further info: travel.com/paris/tours/market-walk/STR3679/?cmd=&arrival_date_mod=06/24/08&departure_date_mod=06/24/08&quantity=4&tour_id=26552 .
I would try Alleosse: http://www.alleosse.com/index.php?idLangue=en
They're one of the very few cheese "affineurs" in Paris, they have their own cellars where they age the cheeses themselves. They're friendly but the store in always busy. If you contact them ahead of time, maybe they can arrange something.
This thread could also help: "Best fromagerie in Paris" http://www.chowhound.com/topics/398313