Cheese, Hard cheese, Special Features, Uncategorized

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.*

Cheese, Hard cheese, Special Features, Uncategorized

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!

Cheese, Soft cheese, Special Features, Uncategorized, Wine & Cheese Pairings

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?

Cheese, Soft cheese, Special Features, Uncategorized

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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Available at your local Vineyard Market: Custom Gift Baskets

Wow, did December fly by. We’re really getting down to the wire here for holiday gifts. If you haven’t finished your shopping yet, not sure what to get, or you’re just simply a last-minute-Lucy, this blog post is for you.

Now this isn’t something new that we’re doing here at Bottle King’s Vineyard Markets; however, there are still so many people who don’t know that aside from just offering gourmet cheeses and foods, we also offer a basket-making service with products from the store!

You may have seen similar-style gift baskets at other places before or even online, but one of the things that sets us apart is the sheer ability to customize every component of your basket so that it’s truly something the receiver will love. We offer different size options for wicker gift baskets, as well as the option of gift wrapping in a rustic wooden wine box. Each of our Vineyard Market staff members are trained to help you choose the best items to go inside whichever basket option you choose, and you can be assured that the products you do choose are of the highest quality–no duds here!

Choose from a combination of wine, liquor, beer, and foods to make the perfect custom basket for your friends or loved ones, or you can even save on the extra time and choose from one of our gorgeous pre-made gift baskets, ready to grab and go at each Vineyard Market location.


Now I know you’re wondering, how much does it all cost??

Here at Bottle King, we pride ourselves in always offering great value to our customers. Pre-made basket price range from $38 to $95, depending on the size and products included, and custom baskets range from a base price of $9.99 for a wooden box or small basket to $12.99 for a larger standard basket size (+ the price of the items you choose to put inside). I’ve made baskets for as low as $25 to as high as over $1,000 — it really all depends on what you’re going for.

For gifts small and large, be sure to stop in to your local Vineyard Market and put in your gift basket orders today!

*** Please allow up to 24 hours for custom gift baskets when possible.

Events, Gourmet Food, Special Features, Uncategorized

Pop-Up Restaurant: Serrano Empanadas & Yards Beer Tasting


This might be a little too much excitement two weeks in a row–BUT I’M SUPER EXCITED ANYWAY.

Tonight, exclusively at the Glen Rock Bottle King, we have a very special event planned as you might have guessed from the title: a pop-up restaurant featuring Serrano Empanadas and a complimentary beer tasting from Yards Brewing Co.! As something we’ve never done before here at Bottle King, this is certainly not an event you’ll want to miss out on.

Coming to us from Glen Rock’s very own, Meiganne Serrano, the empanadas are truly something to make your taste buds water.

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“Our delicious empanadas are made from scratch with high quality, local, seasonal and organic ingredients. The result is an empanada you can feel great about eating! Buen Provecho!”

I had the opportunity to taste some of Meiganne’s freshly made empanadas a couple weeks ago–and they were phenomenal. They’re super flavorful without being overly seasoned like some empanadas I’ve had before, and you can just taste the good quality of the ingredients throughout.

For tonight’s pop-up experience, Serrano Empanadas will be offering three different varieties: chicken, beef, and vegan. Each variety is pressed together in a different pattern for easy identification, and customers will have the option to purchase these goodies either cold, for easy reheating at home, or heated up in the store for eating on the spot with a sample of your favorite Yards beer.

Each empanada will be sold for $4 (cash and credit accepted) while supplies last.
Get ’em while they’re hot tonight from 4pm – 8pm at the Glen Rock Bottle King!