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.

Protecting the Production of Cheese

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The Beginning of Name Protection

The 15th century, as people were awaking from the slump of the Middle Ages, was a time when cheese production caught on & its rich history commenced.  It all starts with Roquefort, a cheese that can be traced to the first century where Pliny the Elder (23 AD – 79 AD) mentioned the beloved blue.        

Countries take the production of specific cheeses very seriously as they are seen as a reflection of integrity to their homeland.  These regulations govern not only the cheesemaking process (ingredients, methods, aging) but also dictate specific animal breeds, grazing areas, milk source, cheese composition including fat content, physical characteristics & specific attributes.  The following are the most common designations:

AOC:   Appellation d'origine contrôlée, French & Swiss 

DOP:   Denominazione di origine protetta, Italy 

DOC:   Denominazione di Origine Controllata, Italy  

DO:     Denominación de Origen, Spain

PDO:   Protected Designation of Origin, British/Europe

AOP:  Nomenclature of Protected Origin, Europe.  As AOC, for example, is governed on the national French level, the appearance of AOP is its equal on a European level.  Over the next few years, AOP will be the dominate label to look for to locate name-protected cheeses across Europe.   

 *It is important to note that cheese is not the only item that carries name-protection but also extends to wine & food, for example, Champagne & Puy lentils.    

How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?
— Charles de Gaulle

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