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Kerrygold Reserve – March Cheese of the Month

And what a better Cheese of the Month could we have chosen for the same month of St. Patrick’s Day?

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If you’ve been a cheesehead for a while now, you may have noticed that every March, we cheesemongers love to feature an array of Irish cheeses to coincide with St. Patty’s Day. Here at the Bottle King Vineyard Markets, we love featuring the well-known creamery: Kerrygold.

If you don’t know them already, you might recognize Kerrygold from their famous butter made with milk from grass-fed cows, but of course they make a delicious array of cheeses made with the same milk as well. This means that each dairy product you get from Kerrygold is more nutrient and vitamin-rich than its grain-fed-milk counterparts.

This year, we’ve brought in a new cheese to showcase as our Cheese of the Month: Kerrygold’s Reserve Cheddar. Aged for over 2 years–at least 1 year longer than their original Aged Cheddar–this is the sharpest cheddar Kerrygold makes. The extra aging time allows the cheese to develop a sharper and more robust flavor with a pleasant notable tang, while still maintaining the rich creamy feel we know and love.

Enjoy your piece of Kerrygold Reserve alongside your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon or Pale Ale and some crisp apples and walnuts for a divine experience.

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Our gift from Ireland to you, this Cheese of the Month is now on sale for only $5.99 $3.99 !! Special pricing last through the month of March only — so grab it while you can!

* Promo pricing while supplies last. Check with your local Vineyard Market for availability.

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Special Feature – Rougette

Sheesh this weather sure has been wacky. A couple beautiful warm days to start the week and now we have the privilege of enjoying some chilly, rainy days–woohoo! These are the kinds of days where you just want to veg out on the couch with a bottle of wine, some cheese, and a binge-worthy Netflix show.

Champignon LogoAnd so, of course, I’ve got the perfect cheese to do that with. Brought to us by Käserei Champignon–you may be familiar with their mushroom brie cheese–is one of my favorite creamy cheeses: Rougette. An excellent introduction for anyone unfamiliar with washed-rind cheeses (think Taleggio and St. Albray), this Bavarian delight is easily identified by its striking red-orange and white rind, thanks to a bit of paprika extract.

But don’t let that scare you. Rougette is one of the most buttery and mild of cheeses while it’s young, and it develops a more complex creamy flavor as it ripens. If you’re a lover of brie-style cheeses but want something a little more next level, this cheese is definitely worth a taste.

Rougette is quite versatile as well. Of course it’s fantastic to eat on its own; just slather it on some crusty artisan bread and you’re good to go. I also love adding a small dollop of strawberry preserves to give some added depth and sweetness. If you’re feeling really crafty, try melting a generous spread of Rougette on top of crostini; top with a slice of very crisp apple and just a tiny drizzle of honey.

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What should you be drinking? Well you’ve got a lot of options. You could go like-with-like and pair this buttery cheese with an oaky, buttery Chardonnay. You could also go the other way and try a spicier wine like a Syrah or Malbec. My favorite go-to is always the classic saying: things that grow together go together–try a German wine like a Riesling. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong. When in doubt, I always tell my customers to just choose what you know you’ll enjoy.

I haven’t even mentioned the best part yet. Here at the Vineyard Market, we’re featuring Rougette for an amazing price of only $9.99 /lb. — that’s $5 off per pound! Don’t miss out on trying out this incredible cheese at an incredible price.

*Promo pricing while supplies last. Check with your local Vineyard Market for availability.*

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Sartori Montamoré – February Cheese of the Month

Love is in the air!

And so is our new Cheese of the Month–well, sort of new Cheese of the Month. If you’ve been with us for a while now, you might remember this little gem from a couple years ago, the first time we ever featured it.

Coming from one of my favorite cheesemakers right here in the states, Sartori, I present to you Montamoré. At first glace you might think it’s just another cheddar, but don’t be fooled. While Montamoré may be “cheddar-esque,” it is in fact its own type of cheese–and a very unique one at that.

Each piece of Montamoré is stark white in color and quite crumbly if you try to slice it, so I prefer to handle it like Parmigiano Reggiano and chunk off pieces instead. Each bite of this cheese melts in your mouth and becomes quite creamy like many similar-style cheeses, but what sets Montamoré apart is its unique and complex flavors. It starts off with a slight sweetness, almost fruitiness to it, and then finishes with a delicate tang. It’s perfection.

Montamoré is fantastic alongside a glass of Chardonnay or a crisp IPA, and I always love to serve it with some slices of crispy baguette, fresh strawberries, honey roasted peanuts, and green olives for some contrast. If you want to really play on its sweet notes, try this cheese with a rich stout and some chocolate, fig spread, and dried fruit.


Now at the very special price of $3.99 !!! This month only– grab yours before they’re gone!

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Mini St. Andre – January Cheese of the Month


I know I took a little hiatus there–as it happens every year during the holiday season, many people don’t realize that I write this blog in addition to running the Vineyard Market here in Glen Rock, so it can be quite challenging during those last couple months of the year.

With the holidays past and everything finally winding down, I’m excited to be able to devote my attention once again to all my wonderful readers out there! And what a better way to begin a fresh start than with a new Cheese of the Month?


An oldie but goodie, this month Bottle King Vineyard Markets are featuring mini 7oz. wheels of Saint André. Hailing from the northern region of France, St. André is a fairly well-known triple cream–or I as like to say: Brie but better. To anyone new here, a triple cream generally has extra cream added to it during the cheese-making process, resulting in a lusciously creamy cheese with at least 75% butterfat–unlike traditional Brie, which typically has around 60% butterfat.

As you can imagine, St. André is an incredibly buttery delight, accompanied by a clean yet rich flavor, and coming in these mini wheels makes for a nice presentation on its own or as an addition to any platter. Try it with a few slices of ripe pear and some crunchy walnuts for a twist on a classic. Care for a toast? Pour yourself a glass of bubbly or a crisp IPA for a wonderful pairing.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy St. André?

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Lillé Coulommiers – December Cheese of the Month


Two blog posts in one week? Am I crazy or what?

Well, I figured since the holidays are closing in on us fast and there’s so much for me to share with you all, I’d just do a few extra posts! So keep your eyes peeled for the next couple weeks so you don’t miss out on the extra fun!

Especially for this post–I just couldn’t wait any longer to share our December Cheese of the Month. Coming to you from Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, I bring you Lillé Coulommiers (lee-LAY coo-lo-myay).

Vermont FarmsteadVermont Farmstead Cheese Company started out as a small community’s attempt to preserve a beautiful dairy farm back in 2009 in South Woodstock, Vermont. Local residents bought up the pieces of land and equipment, and before they knew it their mission had been accomplished and the first community-owned artisan cheese and dairy farm in Vermont was born: Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company.

Today they offer a variety of cheeses, both flavored and classic, including our newest Cheese of the Month, Lillé Coulommiers. This delightful cheese is a modern take on the classic French Coulommiers-style cheese, the thicker cousin to the well-know Brie cheese. The way that its made is artfully described by Vermont Farmstead:

“Handmade in small batches, each wheel is a slightly different weight. Aged in its own special room, and lovingly turned regularly, the delicate rind develops evenly with a white downy bloom.”

Just like other Brie-style cheeses, Lillé is marked by its fluffy, bloomy, white rind and mild mushroomy flavor. The interior gives way to a pure off-white paste that’s wonderfully creamy with a mild but rich flavor that will enhance as the cheese ripens. Lillé is perfect for the holidays on its own or topped with your favorite type of preserves, and its unique shape makes a statement on any cheese platter.

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Special December Cheese of the Month pricing has this guy on sale for just $6.99! Beat the holiday rush and grab yours today from your local Vineyard Market!

* Special pricing while supplies last. Please check your local Vineyard Market for availability.

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November Cheese of the Month – Gilberto Manchego with Truffles


(How many times do I start my blogposts yelling?)

If you’ve been with us for a long time now, you might have noticed that traditionally we like to feature a bit more luxurious cheeses for the months of November and December. And what better luxury is there than black truffles?

If you’re not familiar, black truffles are part of the mushroom family–and is one of the most expensive culinary mushrooms in the world. Featuring an exemplary earthy taste, truffles can come off tasting quite funky to some people, but to others their taste is pure heaven. If you’re a truffle-lover, our new Cheese of the Month is definitely something you’ll want to get your hands on.


Gilberto Manchego with Truffles starts out, similarly to many traditional Manchegos, with raw sheep’s milk. Unlike many of the Manchegos you might find at your local grocer, this Gilberto Manchego does not get pasteurized and thus remains a raw milk cheese, leaving in some additional depth and flavor. Black truffles are also mixed into the cheese before aging, imparting that oh-so-familiar truffle flavor that is all its own.

A wonderful balance of classic nutty Manchego with the decadent, slightly pungent flavor of black truffle, Gilberto Manchego with Truffle is a staple for your table this holiday season. Add it to a cheese platter and try it alongside some honey for a flavor explosion in your mouth (SO GOOD), or even try this cheese shaved into hot pasta with marinara or cheesy macaroni for a truffle mac and cheese!

Whatever way you like to cheese it up, be sure you give Gilberto Manchego with Truffles a shot. Check with your local Vineyard Market lead for a taste!

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Bavarian Made w/ Garden Herbs – October Cheese of the Month

Let us all take a moment to digest the fact that it is, indeed, October already…

Aside from that crazy realization; it’s the first weekend of the month, so I’m sure you could’ve seen this one coming–our newest Cheese of the Month!

If you’ve been following us for a while, you might have noticed a trend over the years: we normally get and feature the most delicious, creamy cheeses around this time of the year. This time around is no different and certainly will not disappoint.

Coming to us from St. Mang, the same company we get our deliciously stinky Limburger from, I give you their Bavarian Made with Garden Herbs. This cheese hails from Bavaria (as you might already guessed), an alpine region in southern Germany where about 75% of all German cheeses come from. This region is known for their high quality milk, all natural and free of rBST, and the particular cheese we’re featuring has an additional advantage: it’s lactose free as well!

Similar to a Brie-style cheese, Bavarian Made with Garden Herbs is a soft-ripened double-cream–but boy, does it taste buttery. Rich yet smooth, this cheese has a clean-tasting base but is taken to the next level by the addition of various herbs including chives, parsley, sage, thyme, garlic, and onion.

This cheese would make an incredible addition to any cheese board, slathered on top of hearty grain bread or a hearty dark cracker. You could even nix the rind and toss a bit of this cheese into mashed potatoes for a luxuriously fresh addition or spread some onto crostini with a piece of roasted red pepper for an easy appetizer.

Have you tried our latest Cheese of the Month yet? Stop in this weekend for a taste!