Holiday Hours: We will be OPEN on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th from 10-4. We will be CLOSED Christmas Day, Tuesday December 25th.
The tradition of wrapping small rounds of cheese in spruce bark originates in the alpine region of France and Switzerland. The most well known cheese made using this technique is Vacherin Mont d’Or — today, it is rare to find this cheese outside of Europe. However, bark-wrapped cheeses are increasingly popular among American artisan cheesemakers. We currently have a number of these woodsy delights that will make the perfect addition to your holiday cheese plate.
Here are some of the bark wrapped cheeses we currently have in stock:
Briar Rose Creamery’s Phoebe: Phoebe is made with pasteurized Ayrshire cow’s milk and wrapped with French Spruce. Notes of balsam, blackberries, and custard are present in this local delicacy. The texture of this cheese depends on ripeness, younger cheeses are dense and crumbly, with age the cheese develops a pudding-like center.
Brush Creek Creamery’s Mountain Maple Brie: This Idahoan cheese is made with raw cow’s milk and wrapped with Mountain Maple bark and topped with grape leaf that has been boiled in wine. Mountain Maple Brie has a bloomy rind and buttery center with a cider note and a smokey finish.
Jasper Hill Farm’s Harbison: This award winning cheese is made in Greensboro, Vermont. Pasteurized cow’s milk is wrapped with locally harvested spruce and aged between 6 and 13 weeks. Harbison is best served with the top rind cut off, so that you can easily access the spoonable center. Harbison has notes of citrus, mustard, and roasted vegetables.
Upland’s Cheese Co’s Rush Creek Reserve: Rush Creek Reserve is a raw cow’s milk cheese made exclusively using winter milk. The rind of this soft cheese is washed with salt brine and wrapped with French Spruce. Cheesemaker, Andy Hatch, ages this cheese for exactly 60 days before shipping to cheese shops. This cheese closely resembles European Vacherin Mont d’Or. It is savory, tasting of sour cream and bacon. Cut the top off this dollopable cheese and spoon on to roasted potatoes or baguette or bake it and serve with apples and roasted vegetables.
Sip & Shop
Although we will not be hosting a tasting this Thursday, we do have a lovely selection of affordable wines that will go perfectly with your holiday meal. We recommend coming down to the shop and sipping on a glass of wine or having a pint while you do your holiday cheese shopping. Come early and miss the crowds!
Treat the cheese lover in your life to a cheese experience with a gift certificate to Cheese Bar or Chizu. The certificates can be made for any denomination and can be purchased over the phone.
Oregon Black Walnut Cheese Boards
We just received a new delivery of Oregon black walnut boards. Whether you’re looking for a gift for your favorite cheese-lover or need something for your own cheese plates, these boards are perfect. Your favorite cheeses will be stunning against the natural dark color of these boards. Hurry down to the shop and pick one out!
Wednesday Evenings 6pm to 8pm
Fall is upon us! The leaves are changing and the air is cool and crisp. It’s time once again to break out your sweaters and scarves and cozy up with a plate of hot melty cheese. Raclette Night is Wednesday evenings from 6-8 (or until the cheese runs out) through the spring. It is $7 for a small plate of potatoes, ham, cornichons, mustard, with broiled Raclette cheese. See you there!
6031 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97215
Tue-Sun 11 am – 11 pm