Fairfield CT - Great Cheese
Fairfield/Westport area - where do you buy great cheese. Stop and Shop has a good selection but nothing unique. Balduccis - overpriced and limited.
I find Rowayton Market carries a pretty decent selection of cheeses. Head across the street to the wine shop and you've got yourself a night.
Mirabelle Cheese Shop in downtown Westport is not bad, if you can't get to Darien. They are located at the top of Main Street in a square next to the town hall. The shop is below street level, so you have to look for it. The owners are very knowledgeable and the cheeses are good. Reality is that good cheese is expensive, but a little goes a long way.
Haven't been here yet, but I have high hopes:
Fairfield Cheese Company
Grand Opening Saturday, May 16th
2090 Post Road
(next to Harry's) Fairfield
Friday & Saturday 9-7
Also, a place in Westport called Mirabelle is very good and my go-to place right now. It's as big (if not a bigger) in selection than Darien and I think better pricing, too. (http://www.mirabellecheeseshop.com/)
I stopped by FCC last Saturday...as I was curious about the place. It looked pretty sparse, but what they had looked interesting. I decided to get some Brillat-Savarin, which is usually a no-fail choice. The only ones they were offering were petit, not the larger ones I've seen elsewhere, where you buy it by the wedge. I should have asked for a taste test. After I got it home, I didn't try it until later that night. I'm sorry to say...it was SO ammoniated, I couldn't even get past the smell. A little taste proved no better. Some people like their cheeses that way, but it was too overripe for me. It was so stinky, I ended up throwing the whole thing out...what a waste. Brillat-Savarin is supposed to be creamy, buttery, soft, delicate and delicious. This was runny, foul smelling and awful. I know that cheese is a very risky business, so I don't really know if I can fault the owners. The lesson learned is, taste, taste, taste before buying. It's the only way to assure you're getting what you want.
Not to sound like a total tool bag, but you said it yourself. Touch, smell, taste. always ask for a sample. I always poke, prod and poke some more to the point that I will get some attention from a worker. My rule is that if the person in charge cannot offer me a taste of what I am buying, then I am not buying it. You should've asked the owner her opinion. I am sure with the hustle and bustle of just opening, she did not check the case of Brillat...of course that falls on her, but it happens. Just like you buy a case of wine, open up a bottle and it's corked. No way of telling and I know it's not my wine store's fault and I'm sure he couldn't have detected it himself. Hopefully the owner will stand behind you and offer up something of equal value or your $$ back.
109 Cheese & Wine is a new shop that opened in the Copps Hill Marketplace in Ridgefield. It is owned by Monica, the same woman that owns Cellar XV across the street. Excellent cheeses and accompaniments. I purchased several yesterday that were excellent. I prefer my cheeses pungent, and the Munster (not Muenster) was perfect, the shropshire blue was also excellent as was the Brillat-Savarin mentioned by another poster. this one was perfectly ripe and not at all ammonianated.