Cheese Makers

The 2019 Artisan Cheese Awards

Sponsored by The Fine Cheese Co.   Though it’s been a while since I checked, I dimly recall gluttony being among the seven deadly sins. In fact, I’m almost positive that it is. It was fortunate then, that on the 4th May, the Artisan Cheese Awards were held in Melton Mowbray’s Church of St. Mary, that we might better atone for what was to come. For the fourth consecutive year, cheesemakers from across Britain and Ireland congregated in ... Read More

Judges Hooked on Blu di Bufala and Rachel at World Cheese Awards 2017

Two of our favourites, the buffalo milk blue cheese, Blu di Bufala, and goats’ milk cheese, Rachel, hit the big time at The Guild of Fine Food’s recent World Cheese Awards in London. Made by Caseificio Quattro Portoni , Blu di Bufala, picked up Best Italian Cheese, while White Lake Cheese’s Rachel is now officially the Best Goats’ Milk Cheese in the world. Blu di Bufala wasn’t far off making it a perfect night. The cheese was awarded 69 point... Read More

What Does Organic Mean for Cheese and Dairy Farming?

This month heralds the start of Organic September and an opportunity to discuss the values of organic food. Organic stands for environmental sustainability, a lack of herbicides or artificial fertilisers, and animal welfare. Organic September is a great opportunity to chat with two shining lights of organic dairy farming, about why they feel it is so important to the future of food production. Patrick Holden, CEO of the Sustainable Food Tru... Read More

Colston Bassett Dairy: 104 years in the making

As we approached the village of Colston Bassett, the clouds parted and fields of vivid green grasses were bathed in sunshine. It was such a welcome sight from what was an otherwise grey and dreary journey to Nottinghamshire. We entered the creamery though the Dairy shop, which proudly displayed two products; Colston Bassett Stilton and Colston Bassett Shropshire Blue. Such simplicity is truly admirable, and the continuous stream of locals t... Read More

The Fine Cheese Co. will be at the Artisan Cheese Fair 2017

Who’s ready for one of the biggest cheese events of the year? It’s almost time for the eighth Artisan Cheese Fair, which is taking place on 29th and 30th April between 10am and 4pm. There will be more than 60 cheese-makers and upwards of 300 different cheeses at the Artisan Cheese Fair 2017, so it’s easy to see why this is the UK’s largest event of this kind. Of course, The Fine Cheese Co. isn’t only attending, we will have a stall and, on ... Read More

Cheese making: A Different Vintage Every Day

Wine and cheese enjoy a harmonious relationship on our dinner tables. For every cheese, there is always a complementary wine that makes for the perfect pairing. The bond between these two does not end there, though. There are countless parallels in the way cheese and wine are produced too. When making wine, for instance, the soil type can influence the minerals that are absorbed by vines, which affects the grapes and then, as a result, the ... Read More

Listen as The Fine Cheese Co. Suppliers Van Nahmen and White Lake Cheese Take to the Airwaves

From partners to suppliers, we’re proud of each and every company we work with. We love to shout about the unbelievable quality of these artisan businesses at every opportunity, but that’s us and we’d understand if you thought we might stray a little towards bias. However, that’s why we feel our passion for these food makers and their products is justified when others show a similar level of excitement towards them, as has been the case rec... Read More

Stärnächäs Wins ‘World’s Best Cheese’ at International Cheese Awards

Stärnächäs, from Swiss affineur Walo von Mühlenen and cheesemaker Marcel Gabriel, won the prestigious Bradbury’s Trophy, also known as Supreme Champion Continental International Cheese, at the International Cheese Awards 2016 in Nantwich. The Swiss cheese, which we sell exclusively in the UK, rounded out the ceremony by successfully picking up the Interprofession du Gruyère Award for Best Swiss Cheese as well. Produced at the foot of the Sänt... Read More

Celtic Promise Wins Best Raw Milk Award at Artisan Cheese Festival

As proud sponsors of the Best Raw Milk award at the Artisan Cheese Awards in Melton Mowbray, our very own Cheese Care Manager, Ruth Raskin, was given the honour of presenting this prestigious accolade. Unlike other specialist cheese awards, this event was designed specifically to recognise the craft and skill of the small artisan cheesemaker. Entrants were only permitted from producers of less than 250 tonnes a year and many produce below the ... Read More

J.T’s Cheese Odyssey

Local Bath boy, J.T, can be found most days preparing excellent coffee to the customers of The Fine Cheese Co. shop in Bath. Despite being a devoted employee, J.T. knows very little about artisan cheese. In this series of short films we join J.T. on his journey of discovery, which takes him through the joys and trials of cheese tasting. J.T’s Cheese Odyssey - Part 1: Texture In this first episode, J.T. learns about the different textures of... Read More

The Fine Cheese Co. visit Timsbury to see how Tymsboro’ goats’ milk cheese is made.

As five relative cheese-newbies, we were sent to find out all that we could about the methods used in artisan cheese making. Oliver, Dorian, Nicola, Ash and I set off with our tutor for the day; Andy Swinscoe to Sleight farm, just south of Bath. We drove up a tiny track, over a very steep hill and arrived at the farm. Immediately it felt like we had stepped back into the past.... The cheese in question was Tymsboro', a pyramid- shaped goats' ... Read More

The Fine Cheese Co. visit Westcombe

The day began with an eventful car journey relying on Flo Neame’s navigational skills. The four of us (Dave – who works with me in the Bath Shop,Flo – who looks after shop customers, Mark – our chief cheese cutter  and myself)  arrived around 9 O’clock at the dairy. Thankfully Tom Calver had told us we weren’t needed at 5 Am for the morning milking! Tom met us at the entrance of the dairy, whilst d... Read More

The Fine Cheese Co. visit Berkswell Cheese-makers

BerkswellRam Hall, Berkswell, Nr. Coventry 28th February 2012Sue Lock I arrived at Ram Hall just in time to pull on a very long glove and plunge my arm into the partly separated curds and whey for a gentle stir.  Cheese making in Berkswell is very hands-on.  Powdered lamb’s rennet is added to the warm raw milk, all of which comes from the farm’s flock of 650 Friesland and Friesland-Devon cross ewes.  The milk is h... Read More

The Fine Cheese Co. visit Hafod Cheese-makers

Being a Somerset cheese company means we’re joined at the hip to our local Cheddar makers: from the mighty Montgomery’s to the wonderful Westcombe. Because of this, getting my West Country colleagues to take on a Welsh Cheddar was on the impossible side of difficult. But there it now rests, on our bowing spruce boards and in its rightful place: Hafod (pronounced Havod – meaning summer pasture in Welsh) -  one of the finest Cheddars made in t... Read More

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