This newsletter corrects two links: 1) Taste of California “Get the cheeses" and 2) Cheese O’Clock "Italian All-Stars" Zoom registration. In addition, in the time since this newsletter went out last week, I received two additional links, which are now below. They will connect you with the wine packages for Cheese O'Clock "Italian All Stars" and "Aged to Perfection." The other two wine package links are still to come. Please check my website event page for further updates.
I hope this new year finds you happy and well. While we still remain tied to our computers more than we do to our outside-the-bubble friends and family, I'd like to think we’re headed toward togetherness sooner rather than later. Let's hope. For now, let's make the most of it by celebrating with three decidedly tasty and cheesy events coming up in the next few weeks. Cheese and chocolate pairing, anyone? How about a lively discussion with three winemakers, three wines, three cheeses, and, well, me? And wait for it - Cheese O’Clock is returning for yet another series featuring magnificent cheeses and wines, this time from around the world, and some very special guests alongside. Tickets, sign-ups, cheeses, chocolates, wines – find all the delicious details below.

Events aren't the only things going on in cheeseland. National Culinary Review asked me to weigh in on the best melting cheeses. And so I did. Find that list here. And finally, I hope you'll take a moment to read my article about new and traditional Spanish sheep's milk cheeses. The cheesemaking that's going on in that beautiful country is nothing short of magnifica.
January 31, 2021

4pm PT/7pm ET

What better way to spend a wintry Sunday than to go on a 'round the world cheese and chocolate tasting journey? Join Delysia Chocolatier owner Nicole Patel and me as we give you the lowdown on four specially selected cheeses and chocolates and explain why they're so dang good together.
I promise - you do not want to miss this very special opportunity to get together with one of America's best chocolatiers and me(!) to indulge and enjoy.
January 29, 2021, 4:00pm PT/ 7pm ET

Please join me for this very rare opportunity to taste wines and cheeses with three California wine and cheese luminaries –Randy Ullom, Kendall-Jackson winemaster, winemaker Jill Russell from Cambria, and Cheese Specialist Tracey Shepos Cenami from La Crema. I have selected three standout California cheeses to pair with the wines, so we’ll not only have an embarrassment of riches on our plates and in our glasses, but we’ll also have the experts right there to answer your questions about the wines as well as weigh in on these pairings and any other cheese and wine pairing questions you may have. I can think of no better way to spend an hour. Trust me – this is a tasting you will remember for a long time to come.

The cheeses
Cypress Grove "Humboldt Fog"
Shooting Star Creamery “Aries”
Vella Cheese Company "Dry Jack Reserve"

The wines
2018 Cambria Estate Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay
2018 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2017 Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Zoom tastings

February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 2021

5pm PT/8pm ET
It’s back! Join Janet Fletcher and me as we kick off another round of Cheese O'Clock with new cheeses and new wines along with guest cheesemakers and winemakers. This time we’ll be taking an around-the-world tasting journey of cheeses from high in the mountains to the plains of America and many points in between. Signing up is easy and free(!). Buying the cheeses and wines? Easy too (sigh, not free). Bonus tip: if you can't make these dates, you can buy the cheese collections and watch the Zoom recordings of the sessions. That's because it's always time for Cheese O'Clock! Here’s the delicious line-up:

February 18th: Europe Off The Beaten Path with Willakenzie Estate
What we’re eating
Crucolo - Italy
Bethmale Chèvre - France
Baldauf Alpkäse - Germany
Crozier Blue - Ireland
Get the cheeses (order by February 5th)
Guest: Aaron Nastaskin, Baldauf

What we’re drinking
with Mollie Battenhouse, MW
Willakenzie Estate 2018 Willamette Valley Chardonnay
Willakenzie Estate 2017 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
February 25th: Italian All Stars with Captûre Wines & Tenuta di Arceno
What we’re eating
Caciottona Capra al Foglie di Noce
Quadrello di Bufala
Fior d'Arancio
Get the cheeses (order by February 12th)
Guest: Michele Buster, Forever Cheese

What we’re drinking
Guest winemaker TBA!
2019 Captûre Rosé of Sangiovese
Tenuta di Arceno 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva
March 4th: Wonder Women of American Cheese with Cambria Wines
What we’re eating
Capriole Goat Cheese "Wabash Cannonball"
Marieke 9-Month Gouda
Shepherd's Way Farms "Friesago"
Meadow Creek Dairy "Grayson"
Get the cheeses (order by February 19th)
Guest cheesemaker: Jodi Read, Shepherd's Way Farms

What we’re drinking with winemaker Jill Russell
2018 Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay
2018 Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir
March 11th: Aged To Perfection with Galerie Wines
What we’re eating
Monte Enebro - Spain
5 Spoke Creamery "Tumbleweed" - New York
Roth Cheese "Roth's Private Reserve"
Saenkanter - Holland
Get the cheeses (order by March 1st)
​Guest Cheesemaker: TBA!

Guest winemaker: Gianna Kelly
2019 Naissance Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
2016 Pleinair Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon​
Trying to figure out how to bring a little interactive fun to your next virtual meeting or a new way to host a virtual party with friends? How about having a virtual cheese and wine pairing or grilled cheese cook-off? It can all be done, and it can all be entertaining, educational, and tasty even when we're all under our own roof instead of a shared one. I lead, you follow (and taste!), and we all have fun.

Want to know how to melt cheese just a little better? Need tips on the best melting cheeses? So did the National Culinary Review, which is where I recently weighed in on my favorite subject.