Valentine’s Day

Sensual and sensational, Valentine’s Day is a cheese lovers holiday. Here’s the set up – you and your sweetheart alone by the fire, a platter of cheese, a bottle of bubbly, Chocolate Strawberries – you get the picture!

Here are a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day Cheese in stock this weekend:
La Tur – Creamy and rich Italian Cow, Goat, and Sheep blend to match with Strawberries and Champagne
Tomme du Chevre du Grandmere – Grandma’s Traditional Goat “Cheese Cake”. Simply scrumptious in a Frisée salad, or matched with Sour Orange Preserves
Tasmanian Signature Camembert – A new selection at the Plus. Sweet and creamy. Perfect for licking off fingers
St. Agur Blue – Cream enriched blue from France. Sweet and grassy. Match with a sticky dessert wine.
Pyrenees Brebis – Southern French Sheep cheese. Toasted hazelnut praline flavors to match with Spanish Jamon Iberico Ham.
Saenkanter 3 Yr Aged Gouda – Salted toffee and caramel notes. Match with a rich Zinfandel or Port and Dark Chocolate.

Maybe you’ve got Champagne wishes and Caviar dreams for this Valentine’s Day. We have a full selection of Champagne and Sparkling wines to compliment our Tsar Nicholai California Farm Raised Caviar. And don’t forget the smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche, and Buckwheat Blini to serve with your Caviar.

For all you chocoholics out there – we saw you coming! In addition to fabulous Red Velvet hearts, we’re stocking all your favorite dark chocolate bars including our latest addition of Amano Chocolate from Utah. And we’ll also make our own Chocolate Dipped Longstem Strawberries this Friday and Saturday.

And don’t forget the Roses! Paul Robertson will deliver fresh Longstem Roses, Tulips, and more to the store just for you this Valentine’s Day!

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The Five Senses

Cheese Plus Style

The dictionary tells us our senses are the physical means by which all living things see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. Kind of boring, huh?  It doesn’t need to be,  so let’s spice it up a bit and celebrate the sensual side of food. Here are a few of our favorites to ignite your senses this Valentine’s Day!

Sight

What could more lovely than a great selection of artisanal cheese from around the globe.  When putting together a cheese board for Valentine’s Day we suggest you keep it simple with 3 cheeses and an accompaniment such as French Rose Petal Jam or Robert Lambert’s California Quince Paste.  Stop by and have a taste or our favorites this week.  We’re here to help you create a memorable Valentine’s Day cheese board.

Smell

Truffles, Truffles, Truffles!  We’re talking about that funky little wrinkled fungus the pigs root out from under the ground.  The aroma is an intoxicating and complex experience that’s difficult to describe.  You either get it or you don’t – we do, and we’ve got plenty to go around.  Try our selection of truffled foods including Ritrovo’s Truffle and Salt, Truffle Tremor Goat Cheese, Truffle Cacciatore Salame, Truffled Pasta and Sauce, Truffle Butter, Truffled Oil and so much more!

Touch (Texture)

Caviar and Creme Fraiche immediately come to mind.  We simply adore the gentle pop of Tsar Nicoulai California Osetra Caviar on the roof of our mouths followed by the creamy swoosh of sweet and tangy creme fraiche.  How ’bout a glass of French Champagne to complement?

Sound

What could be better than the explosive sound of opening a bottle of Champagne?  Could you imagine opening a bottle of champagne with a bottle opener? What’s the fun in that?  That magic POP! is half the fun and universally regarded as the beginning of a great experience.  Our choice for Valentine’s Day is Agrapart Les 7 Crus Brut Blanc de Blancs.  Made with 100% Chardonnay this wine is clean and bright showing great elegance and finesse.

Taste

Chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day and we couldn’t agree more.  From creamy white chocolate to astringent extra dark we love it all!  One of the greatest things about chocolate is how a little bite can provide a ton of flavor.  We recommend the local favorite Charles Chocolates Valentine’s Box filled with with Raspberry, Passion Fruit, and Mojito ganache-filled heart-shaped chocolates.  We’ll also be creating our own Dark Chocolate covered longstem Strawberries this Valentine’s Day.  Available Wednesday the 13th and Thursday the 14th only.