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Oct 7, 2009 11:56 AM

Cheese in Naples

Does anyone know of a store with a really good cheese selection in the Marco Island/Naples area ? I was recently in France and the cheeses, along with the wines and breads were amazing.

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  1. Whole Foods in North Naples has the best cheese selection that I've seen.

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    1. re: RevrendAndy

      I agree.

      While there are two spots north of there, however their much smaller selections are not worth a trip.

      1. re: An Insatiable Appetite

        +1....WF has the best selection that I've seen in this area.

        1. re: Val

          Thanks guys. The info is very much appreciated.

    2. The Wine Merchant in N. Naples/Bonita has cheeses that you won't even see in WF.

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      1. re: Zeits

        I'm glad it survived. At one time it was in Fort Myers and had great wine classes when no one else in town had much of a wine selection. The then owner, Tom ____, ran it as more of a hobby then a young couple bought it and struggled until they moved to North Naples.

        Glad about the cheeses. Excellent tip.

        1. re: LilMsFoodie

          yes, i still haven't figured TWM as yet. i've been going there on and off for 10 yrs but less and less. you can see the changes over the past yrs. the newer owner seems to know his stuff but something is lacking--one thing is people. i've never seen more than 2 people there at a time. also i don't think they have changed their business plan in light of Total wine moving to town. they need to have better competitive pricing. the wines i buy there are ones that i would only find in NY or SF. they use to have a person manning the cheese area but she's gone too.

          1. re: Zeits

            If I owned a cheese shop I would make an effort to locate as close as possible to Total Wine and then offer to do free samplings on weekends with their wines. That might work as a business model.

            BTW, I bought some lovely cheeses yesterday at the Sandy Butler. They are gearing up for season and had a pretty good selection. Humbolt Fog, nice marinated Boccini, another goat cheese with lavender, and a nice aged gruyere.

      2. TWM always had a great selection of wines with labels not seen at Total Wine, however their prices were unbearable. When they first started selling cheese the selection was wonderful but over time they carried fewer and fewer varieties, as I suspect they were having trouble selling them. I would love to support a local owner over a chain but not when there's too much of a price differential. For now, I'll stick with Total Wine and purchase my cheese at Whole Foods.

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