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Lillé Coulommiers – December Cheese of the Month

SURPRISE!!!

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.

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.

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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.

Pop-Up Restaurant: Serrano Empanadas & Yards Beer Tasting

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SURPRISE!!!
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!

Have your Chocolate-Covered Wine & Eat it too!

Is anyone else still full from Thanksgiving?

Here at the good old Bottle King things have certainly calmed back down a little bit (for now), but that doesn’t mean it’s time to rest–oh, no. In fact, now is the best time to get as much of your holiday shopping done as possible. Easier said than done, right?

Now, I know we all have those people in our lives that are just so hard to shop for (like my boyfriend and his parents). Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to save the day! I’ve got a gift idea for you that is so unique (and delicious), it’s sure to surprise and satisfy even the most difficult of loved ones.

I’m so excited to announce that we are now offering a special service at the Vineyard Market in the Hillsborough Bottle King: chocolate-dipped wine bottles.

Bottle King has teamed up with Robinson’s Chocolates in Skillman, NJ to bring you this unique and tasty holiday gift. Customers are invited to choose any bottle of wine in the Hillsborough store, and Robinson’s chocolatier will pick it up and cover it in your choice of milk or dark chocolate. The finished product is a stunning gift perfect for giving to teachers, coworkers, wine enthusiasts, chocolate lovers, moms, dads, aunts, uncles–anyone really–or even to keep for yourself! Simply peel pieces of the chocolate right off the bottle and enjoy it with the wine inside for the perfect pairing.

The whole process takes about 5 business days, and we are now accepting preorders for Christmas at the following pricing:

  • $19.99 for 750mL bottles
  • $39.99 for 1.5L bottles
    • (plus the cost of the wine you choose)

This gift is truly one of a kind, and again I can’t explain how excited I am to be sharing this opportunity with you all. Don’t snooze on this one–be sure to get to the Hillsborough Bottle King and get your orders in today!

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!

August Cheese of the Month – Smoked Bourbon Gouda

As far as liquor is concerned, I tend to stick towards more of the lighter stuff: vodka, gin, light rum… The dark stuff has just never sat well with me (yeah, whiskey, I’m looking at you). But somehow, someway, my boyfriend has convinced my tummy to accept a golden-colored friend: bourbon.

Bourbon and I got off to a bit of a rocky start, but now we very much enjoy each other’s company. Even more so alongside the right snacks; enter salted nuts and our new Cheese of the Month.

Image result for red apple bourbon goudaThis month’s featured cheese comes to us from Red Apple Cheese, a company well-known for their variety of apple smoked cheeses–you may have seen their Apple Smoked Gouda or Apple Smoked Cheddar floating around our stores. This new unique cheese is gently hickory-smoked, for just the right amount of smokiness, and infused with bourbon. Although semi-firm in texture, each bite has a super creamy mouthfeel and tastes of a mild smoked Gouda at the start but finishes with a punch of rich bourbon flavor.

Try this cheese melted on a burger or panini with caramelized onions, in drunken mac and cheese, as a fun addition to fondue, on top of tomato bisque, or in a dip for some freshly made pretzels. For all my bourbon-lovers out there, just cube this baby up next to a glass of your favorite bourbon and enjoy!

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July Cheese of the Month – Forage Mushroom & Scallion Jack

Helloooooooo, everybody! How are we all doing on this gloomy, rainy day?

Well, I’m about to make everything better–with a new cheese!

This month’s Cheese of the Month takes us in a direction that I’m pretty hit-and-miss on: cheese with stuff in it. What I mean by that is any cheeses that have things added to them, besides cheese–for example Havarti with Dill or Stilton with Cranberries. Oftentimes, I’m a purist. I like to taste my cheese just on its own without any stuff in it; however, there are some exceptions such as Pepper Jack–and this new Cheese of the Month: Forage Mushroom & Scallion Jack!

Coming from Kindred Creamery in Wisconsin, each cheese produced is of the best quality. The Creamery practices sustainable production and implements a “Cows First” methodology; cows are treated like family and given no growth hormones, ensuring the highest quality milk and therefore the highest quality cheese. Our new Cheese of the Month is no exception.

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A Jack base, this Forage Mushroom & Scallion cheese begins its journey as a mild and creamy delight. Once the mushrooms and scallion are added, however, the cheese becomes full of yummy flavor. I’ll admit I was pretty skeptical when we first received this cheese. I mean, I’m not much of a mushroom fan myself so…

BUT. One bite off a piece of this cheese and I was in love. The flavor is bold but not overpowering. It’s semi-firm and has a creamy texture. The first taste is definitely onion, thanks to the scallions in it, but it’s quickly rounded out by the rich earthiness of the mushrooms–I swear, it just works. This is seriously a match made in heaven. There are so many ways to enjoy it too:

  • Serve on a cheese platter
  • Melt into a panini with caramelized onions or sauteed mushrooms
  • Grate into hot mashed potatoes
  • Add to quiche
  • Melt onto burgers or portobello mushrooms on the grill
  • Mix into fondue for a zesty bite

Get creative! Go crazy! The list is endless. AND to make things even better, we’ve got this cheese available in Bottle King Vineyard Markets for an incredible price of just $3.99. Stop by your local Vineyard Market this weekend for a taste & grab yourself a piece!

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