When we began offering artisanal cheese matched with wine as a plan option for WINE of the MONTH CLUB subscribers in 2005 - little did we realize how popular it would become. Artisanal Canadian cheese is now included with four Ontario plans – two Sommelier Club plans, one Connoisseur Club plan and one cheese-only plan CHEESE of the MONTH. When we initially searched Ontario for small artisan and farmstead cheese-makers, we found a very passionate and committed group of craftspeople who were only too happy to supply us with some of their fine products.
Since that time, we've ventured outside Ontario and to date have shipped cheese selections from seven Canadian provinces. And we’re constantly seeking out new and different cheeses. From the get-go, we planned to have the cheese we offered tasted and reviewed by an acknowledged expert in the field - and we found Kathy Guidi. We partnered with Kathy - who has a significant history with all aspects of the cheese business in North America and Europe - to help assure our customers of the high quality of the cheese we sell, and to provide background knowledge that will enhance your enjoyment of the cheeses. When Kathy went into semi-retirement a few years ago, we were fortunate enough to recruit an outstanding associate of Kathy’s – Debbie Levy to take up the task of reviewing our artisanal cheese selections and suggesting appropriate wine pairings for these cheeses. Check out their reviews (below) - that we augment each month.
All our cheeses are packed in an ice blanket, placed inside a doubled bubble-wrap bag and fully sealed with the wine in a branded, corrugate shipping box – with a highlighted note ‘PLEASE REFRIGERATE UPON RECEIPT’. Each package is delivered via Xpresspost the day after we ship it to locations throughout ON. Members are advised to use their office address if no one is regularly available to receive the package at their home address. If an unsuccessful attempt is made to deliver package, the postal carrier leaves a door tag advising customer to pickup at a local postal outlet. In such cases, we cannot ensure the integrity of cheese that is not picked up right away. In the case of a severe heat wave, delivery of cheese may be deferred until the following month.
Unfortunately, we are only able to ship our cheese plans to ON addresses at this time.
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