The Cheese Shop

Cleveland's Fromage Destination

Located in the Historic West Side Market in Cleveland, Ohio, The Cheese Shop offers an impressive imported & domestic cheese selection.  We maintain our unique niche by offering more than 175 traditional & rare cheeses from all over the world as well as a diverse line of specialty items.

We take pride in excellent customer service & exceptional quality –we encourage you to sample cheeses before purchasing to guarantee satisfaction.  We cut your cheese to order ensuring freshness & allowing you to determine the size to fit your needs.

Cheese & Wine Pairings

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On their own, cheese & wine each encompass a vast world of connoisseurs, societies & government-dictated standards as well as historical significance & flavor profiles that rely on diverse features & delicate subtleties.  Bring these two realms together & it’s easy to feel overwhelmed trying to understand what guidelines to follow to make sure you “do it right.”

 The first thing to do is: Take a deep breath & relax.  If you’re new to cheese or wine or both there are a few simple generalities to get you by.  As you learn & taste, you can become more specific & adventurous in your pairings.  It is important to know that taste can vary from person to person, so what is intensely salty & dry to someone can be pleasantly balanced to another.

 That doesn’t make it a free-for-all-there are certain taste guidelines that enhance or detract from the flavors of the wine & cheese.  This introduction gives you the foundations of taste to create a stress-free cheese & wine pairing.  When choosing a cheese to go with a wine or vice versa, start with these 6 elements:


  1. Texture: Compare & contrast the textures of the wine or cheese you wish to pair in terms of creaminess, body, dryness & crispness.
  2. Intensity: Young or aged cheeses pair well with young or aged wines, respectively.  
  3. Acidity: This is perhaps the most important, & tricky, component with pairings as both cheese & wine have levels of acidity that need to be taken into consideration. 
  4. Sweetness: Cheeses with sweet overtones, like an aged Gouda or fruited Stilton, need to be balanced with off-dry dessert wines. 
  5. Mold: Blue cheese molds negate the fruitiness of any wine but work wonderfully with ports, rich dessert wines & sparkling wines.
  6. Region: When in doubt, pair cheese & wine from the same region (though there are of course exceptions to this fall back plan.)
How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?
— Charles de Gaulle

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