"Eat Cheese, Drink Wine, Live Life Happy!" - Kent 




Must have wines coming soon to The Cheese Shop

Destiny Bay Vineyards is a small single vineyard, family run winery in the tiny, quintessential corner of Waiheke Island, New Zealand. In fact, they were the first vineyard in Waiheke Island to be certified as Fully Sustainable. Although, 2004 was their inaugural vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, it took only three years for their 2007 Magna Praemia to receive the highest score for a New Zealand red wine (98 from Anthony Dias Blue at The Tasting Panel). Their prestige and stellar wine making continued to their culmination 2013 when combined average rating of Destiny Bay's Magna Praemia and Mystae blends rank them as number 1 in Cabernet Sauvignon dominate blends by The Wine Advocate. This is a phenomenal achievement for any winery let alone one that was less than 10 years old.

Please inquire via email (cheeseshoporders@aol.com)

as to their upcoming availability and pricing.


Treat your friends and family to

Wine and Cheese all year round with

The Cheese Shop Monthly Clubs

Cheese of the Month
$35.95/Month + Shipping

Wine of the Month
$49.95/Month + Shipping

Cheese and Wine of the Month

$85.95/Month + Shipping 


Cheese Shop Gift Ideas
To make these gifts a little more special…
Add a bottle of wine and get 10% off the wine
(Offer does not include NET wines)

Sandhill Cove $25.00 (+Shipping)
1 x Everything Flatbread Cracker
3 x Cheeses (Cream Havarti, Herb Gouda, Grana Padano)

Pinnacle Cove $35.00 (+Shipping)

1 x Carr’s Crackers
3 x Cheese (Point Reyes Toma, Schoch Selections, Prima Donna Forte)

Stillwater Cove $45.00 (+Shipping)

1 x Potter’s Cracker
3 x Cheeses (Herbs de Humboldt, Young Prima Donna, Barber’s Cheddar)
1 x Sundried Apricot
1 x Fancy Mixed Nuts

Cypress Cove $59.95 (+Shipping)
1 x Potter’s Cracker
1 x Dried Tart Cherry
1 x Taza Chocolate Round (Assorted Flavors)
3 x Cheeses (Pilota, Raspberry Bellavitano, Fourmage)

Sea Lion Cove $89.95 (+Shipping)

2 x Crackers – Raincoast Crisps (Assorted Flavors), Everything Flatbread
1 x Taza Chocolate Round
1 x Aloha Pepper Jelly From Oregon (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Savannah Bee Honey (Assorted Flavors)
4 x Cheeses (Cave Aged Gruyere, Old Amsterdam, Robiola, Honey Bee)

Blue Fish Cove $100.00 (+Shipping)

2 x Crackers – Raincoast Crisps (Assorted Flavors), Carr’s Assorted Cracker
1 x Mast Brother’s Chocolate (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Aloha Pepper Jelly From Oregon (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Savannah Bee Honey (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Dry Molinari Salami (Assorted Flavors)
4 x Cheeses (Wild Garlic Havarti, Young Queso Manchego, Benning, Beecher’s Flagship)

Whaler’s Cove $125.00 (+Shipping)
2 x Crackers – Raincoast Crisps (Assorted Flavors), Carr’s Assorted Cracker
1 x Dry Molinari Salami (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Tentazione Truffle Honey
1 x Aloha Pepper Jelly From Oregon (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Marcona Almond – Oil and Salt Cured
4 x Cheeses (Robiola, Istara, Oveja al Romero, Black Pepper Bellavitano)

China Cove $150.00 (+Shipping)
2 x Crackers – Raincoast Crisps (Assorted Flavors), Carr’s Assorted Cracker
1 x Tentazione Truffle Honey
1 x Aloha Pepper Jelly From Oregon (Assorted Flavors)
1 x Molinari Genoa Salame
1 x Cheese Shop World Famous Pesto
5 x Cheeses (Epoisses, Truffle Noir, Dry Habanero Jack, Barber’s Vintage Cheddar, Noord Hollander)


The Cheese Shop Survival Kit...

This Kit Includes:
The Cheese Shop Tote (gift enclosed in this bag)
Picnic Tote with cutting board, knife, wine opener, and napkins
box of Carr's Crackers
Taza Chocolate
3 oz. Jar Savannah Bee Honey
4 oz. Jar Inglehoffer Mustard
12 oz Molinari Salami
3 pieces of Cheese (approx. 1/3lb each)

* For a special treat *
  add a bottle of your favorite wine
and get 10% off wine only



The History Of The Cheese Shop ...

In 1973, a young couple, John & Nancy McCormick, tired of the corporate life, decided to start a business that was fun & enjoyable. Something that would fill all their senses, and something they could share with everyone. They even got two of Nancy's brothers, Michael & Neil, to join in the fun...and thus was the start of The Cheese Shop, a gourmand's Mecca for world class cheeses, gourmet foods and wines!!

Our first store opened in 1973 at the old Valley Fair Shopping Center in San Jose, California. We opened our present location, in the Carmel Plaza, downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Memorial weekend in 1975, selling our San Jose location in 1979 to concentrate our efforts here. We added enough room to create a warm, cozy family enviroment that locals as well as tourists from around the world can revel in and enjoy!

I was lucky to join The Cheese Shop family in 1986, upon my return from travels in Europe, and prior to my scheduled return home to Honolulu, Hawai'i. Thirteen years later, I incorporated the business on our same Memorial anniversary, and today can proudly say that we have clients in all 50 states, and 20 countries.

Through this web site, I invite you all to come share in the O'hana (family) that is "The" Cheese Shop, Carmel. Enjoy in sharing all the bounties that our store, the beautiful region of Monterey County, and the world offers!! And remember my motto: "Eat Cheese, Drink Wine, Live Life Happy!"

Mahalo & Aloha, -Kent



What's Included In Our Monthly Club Selections...

Cheeses for April Club Members...

Alta Badia
Named after the Alta Badia valley in the heart of the Dolomite Mountains (Northern Italy), this pasteurized whole cow's milk cheese is certain to tickle your fancy. Alta Badia is made by the Mila cheese Co-op, which prides themselves on sourcing all their milk from farms in the southern Tyrolean Mountains. When the weather permits, the cows graze on fresh green pastures, but during the winter months are fed non-GMO feed. This specific diet infuses some earthy and herbal notes to the cheese. Aged for a minimum of 6 months, the Alta Badia is semi-firm in texture and with a straw colored pate. Made in an alpine style similar to a Gruyere or Emmental, this cheese has a robust bite to the finish that makes it a great alternative to a grilled cheese or fondue mix. Unlike this cheese's counterparts from Switzerland, the rind is treated and considered inedible. Alta Badia is a produced using animal rennet in the formation of the cheese and keeping with Italian tradition, egg whites are added to protect/preserve the cheese. Pair this delectable Dolomite cheese with a balanced Pinot Grigio, like the Cesconi featured in our wine of the month club.

Carrigaline Seaweed Cheese
Our next cheese selection comes to you from Anne and Pat O'Farrell in the historic town of Carrigaline in the County of Cork, Ireland. The O'Farrell family have been making cheese for the past 25 years. Carrigaline Seaweed is a pasteurized Friesian cow's milk cheese infused with Dillisk Seaweed. The base for this unique cheese is a farmhouse cheese (made on the same site that the dairy cattle live) that is buttery on the palate. Dillisk Seaweed is a cold water algae superfood sourced from the Celtic Sea off the southern coast of Ireland. This imparts a salty vegetal character to this cheese as well as the wonderful health benefits of eating seaweed. Aged between 5 and 6 months, the Carrigaline cheese has a semi-soft texture that makes it perfect for spicing up a panini! Made using veggie enzymes, this cheese is suitable for vegetarians and is gluten free. Enjoy this exceptional seaweed cheese with herbaceous white wines like Sauvignon Blanc or Rhone red wines.

A blend of pasteurized cow and goat's milk, the Duo is made by Uniekaas in Kaatsheuvel, Holland. The ratio of cow to goat's milk in this Gouda recipe is precisely 50/50 in order to get the best of both worlds. Aged for at least a month, this cheese has a semi-firm texture and a milky white pate. Duo is mild and creamy on the front (mainly attributed to the cow's milk), the goat's milk becomes more prevalent with a hint of gaminess of the finish. Duo is produced using animal rennet. Truly the perfect balance of these two milk types, Duo is refreshing on the palate and would make a great additional to any cheese plate. Try this cheese in your favorite Mac N Cheese recipe to add a new depth of flavor. Enjoy this dynamic Duo with spicy red wines.

Cheese of the month members receive....
three wonderful selections equalling about a pound, tasting notes and shipped right to your door, who could ask for anything else.


(Cost is $35.95/month, plus shipping)



Wine for April Club Members...

April showers bring...MORE WINES!! That's right, we want to shower you with lots of wine love this month, and so you're receiving a trilogy of fun wines to share with your family & friends! Or you can just keep all to yourself, curl up with a good book and enjoy!!

MV Gran Familia Rioja (by Bodegas Castillo de Fuenmayor)

Our first wine for your April Wine of the Month club selections comes from Spain. Made in the town that bears the region's name too, La Rioja is just an hour southeast of Bilbao, and located in the northcentral part of the Rioja region. Gran Familia is made in a solera style, where previous vintages are topped up with younger vintages to create a smooth, elegant and consistent red wine to quaff, year in and year out! We have chosen to call this wine an “MV” vs “NV” (multi-vintage vs non-vintage) to help clients understand that these wines are made with more than one vintage. Gran Familia Rioja is made from 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, and its color is brilliant garnet, with a pale violet hue rimming the glass. The first scents out of the glass are of a fruit forward red with touches of floral & spice notes. Juicy, lush red berries hits the front palate, then the spiciness of Graciano takes over mid palate and carries to the finish. Think almost like a just picked (but a week too early) strawberry. The wine is light to medium weight on the palate, and so balanced, easy to drink that it would make for a perfect match with cheeses, especially this month's cheese selection called DUO, a new Dutch mix milk (cow/goat) Gouda!

2013 Cesconi Pinot Grigio

Just north of Trentino, Italy, is Pressano, home of Cesconi Winery. It is here on the hillsides just below the Dolomite Mountains where their white wine Pinot Grigio is grown. As typical with their soil type being of ancient seabed composite, their white wines have firm structure and great sapidity. This is not your elegant light hearted Pinot Grigio, but rather one that can stand up to most gourmet dishes. Straw golden in color signaling a richer wine, this delivers similar richness and weight on the palate and depth of minerality seen more often in Grand Cru Chablis from France. The wine is done sur lies, with some battonage and barrel aging that adds depth and complexity, but it never loses it vibrant acidity in the finish. Serve with a pork loin dish, or by all means with another one of our Cheese-of-the-Month selections called ALTA BADIA, a classic alpine mountain style cow's milk cheese that also happens to be made in the Dolomites!

2013 Tenute del Cerro “Manero”

And for our final wine selection for you is this delicious Rosso di Toscana from Tenute del Cerro their MANERO, a fun blend of 80% Sangiovese with 20% Merlot. Made just east of the town of Montepulciano this red is juicy, full of ripe cherry flavors, just a touch of spice. Manero is full bodied but balance (soft tannin structure) and has a wonderful savory character that is a perfect complement to any meat, or red sauce pasta dish. Famed wine critic James Suckling of the Wine Spectator scored this 93 pts out of 100, and said “..this is really delicious…” and could be consumed now or held for some aging.

Wine of the month members receive....
Two wonderful selections with winery notes shipped out monthly.


W.O.M. two bottle sets
cost $49.95 + shipping.
Get two great selections each month from
our hundreds of dynamite choices...
no end of the bin or close out wines
like other clubs have...just AWESOME wines
worthy of being in the mostdiscriminating of cellars, YOURS!!


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