With Bristol Farms in the neighborhood, impromptu gatherings become the norm. Whether a last minute picnic or unexpected guests are on your agenda, our gourmet cheese shop has everything you need to pull together an impressive charcuterie or a lavish wine and cheese spread.
Domestic or imported, our cheeses are of the highest quality. We carry every variety you can imagine. Soft-ripened: Think Brie and Camembert made from cow’s milk, goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, or even a mixture of milks. These cheeses come in double cream, triple cream, stuffed with truffles, or wrapped in puff pastry. Perfect for dessert or tea time! Blue-veined: Choose from over 15 varieties of blue cheese including American Artisan as well as imports from around the world. Semi-soft: Gouda, Havarti, Jack, and Port Salut; flavors range from mild and buttery to earthy and pungent. You will want to include one or several of these in your charcuterie. Washed rind: Often treated with beer, wine, oil, brandy, cider, or brine, these cheeses generally have a soft or semi-soft interior. Ashbrook, Taleggio, and French Muenster fall in this category and are a must for any picnic. Semi-hard: Most of these cheeses begin soft in texture, but after aging from months to sometimes years, they become more firm. Cheddar, Gruyere, Swiss, Emmental and your other “sandwich” cheeses are semi-hard. They hold up to other ingredients in both texture and taste. Hard cheese: For grating into your recipes or serving as a table cheese, we have a fine selection of Reggiano Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, and Grana Padano. Fresh cheese: These are your unripened cheeses including Goat Cheese, Feta, Cream Cheese, Mozzarella, and Mascarpone. Farmstead cheese: Delightful in every way, farmstead cheese is made with milk from a farmer’s own herd on the farm where the animals are raised. We offer the best of the best from Southern California farms.
Country of Origin
We proudly offer cheeses from farms around America, but also carry an extensive variety of imported cheeses. Delectable samplings from Spain, Greece, Italy, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Norway line our shelves. Specialty cheeses and our own In House cheese spreads give you additional options.
Before you leave the store with your prized cheese, visit our wine shop for an excellent selection and help with pairings. Did you know that beer also pairs well with cheese? Consult one of our highly-trained cheesemongers to match up the right drinks, olives, meats, and breads to make your event extra special.
A platter of Charcuterie is right in so many situations. Begin by selecting an odd number of cheeses and match it with meats, olives, other pickled vegetables, fruit and condiments. Add a good loaf of bread and a fine bottle of wine to the mix and voila! You’ve been transformed into one of the most sought after party givers around. Be sure to visit our wine shop, gourmet deli, and bakery for everything you could possibly need to keep guests happy.
Cheese is a universal food. Over a thousand types of cheese are produced in many different countries around the world. Remember that cheese is a living thing. It is constantly evolving and may even change some by the time it is served. A bit of mold is not necessarily a bad thing and can simply be trimmed before the cheese is eaten. The best gatherings in Southern California begin with trip to Bristol Farms. Contact us today for suggestions, pairings, and more.