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  1. A Zoom with a Blue
    A Zoom with a Blue

    Virtual cheese tasting events have become tremendously popular this year. In a year beset by lockdowns, restrictions and American elections, they offer a freeing sense of occasion and shared experience, something that has been sadly missing for many of us.

  2. The School Of Cool. How To Win Friends And Influence People With The Academy Of Cheese
    The School Of Cool. How To Win Friends And Influence People With The Academy Of Cheese

    Knowledge is power. And cheese is irresistible. So what do you get if you combine power with irresistibility?

  3. Fathers Day Gift Ideas 2020
    Fathers Day Gift Ideas 2020

    Dads can be difficult to buy for. At times they can be satisfied by simple pleasures, other times they may be gripped by ambitious DIY plans and projects...

  4. Saving British Cheese
    Saving British Cheese

    It has been immensely affecting to see the enthusiastic responses received by the campaigns in support of British cheesemakers...

  5. The Hand-Made Tale
    The Hand-Made Tale

    Fresh off the heels of International Women’s day, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the enormous contribution made to our industry by talented women...

    Our founder, Ann-Marie Dyas, was one such woman...

  6. The Fine Cheese Co. Festival 2018
    The Fine Cheese Co. Festival 2018

    After a few years'

  7. Raw Milk Revolution
    Raw Milk Revolution

    Raw Milk Revolution

    Imagine if you discovered, quite by chance, a forest at the end of your garden.

    Certain it had never been there before, you proceed to venture into this wild and unexplored territory, whereupon you encounter sights, tastes and smells that were strange and delightful to your senses.

    Reeling from your discovery, you rush to tell your friends and family about it, but to your astonishment you are met with incredulity, or, even worse – declarations that you shouldn’t or couldn’t go to this mysterious new place.

    You suddenly begin to doubt the validity of your new discovery. Everyone you know seems to be against it, without really knowing why. Apart from one knowledgeable friend, who tells you that the forest is not new. It has always been there, is every bit as good as you thought it was and it is the natural way things are meant to be.

    This, dear reader, is something like what faces the fan of artisan cheese in today’s world. On Saturday April 21

  8. An Ode to Our Founder, Ann-Marie Dyas, on International Women's Day
    An Ode to Our Founder, Ann-Marie Dyas, on International Women's Day

    International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women in all walks of life, but as cheese is our business, we got to thinking about the women who have influenced us and from whom we draw inspiration. Well, one name stood out above all others, that of our founder, Ann-Marie Dyas.

    For 30 years, Ann-Marie Dyas held a place at the heart of the artisan cheese industry.

    In the 1980s, she left behind a successful career in advertising and marketing, to open a cheese shop in Bath. The west country was the ideal place for a cheese shop as there were a clutch of fine, artisan cheesemakers nearby. The climate and pasture of our patch of England is just perfect for dairy cows, and Cheddar was not far down the road.

    Cheddar had long since become a commodity cheese, mass produced and sold in uninspiring blocks, but not far away, Jamie Montgomery and the Keen family were defending the great traditions of British cheesemaking, making authentic, hand-made, clothbound Cheddar. Ann-Marie was delighted to bring their cheese to the people of Bath, who lapped it up, keen for more interesting and unusual cheeses, that they could find nowhere else.

    It was an exciting time, and she was a part of a pioneering band of people, like Patrick Rance and James Aldridge, whose aim was to defend British cheese and see it flourish. Soon she was making connections with other cheesemakers in the west country and across to the east of England too. They would load up their cars in Devon or East Sussex, and meet up to do a cheese swap.

    While the beginning may have been modest enough, the business soon began to grow. Local chefs were amazed by the quality and complexity of the cheeses Ann-Marie had on offer, and soon she was supplying local restaurants, then wholesaling across the UK, and finally exporting across the world. We now send cheese to Australia, America, Dubai and throughout Europe. But one of her proudest achievements remains selling British cheese to the French.

    I don’t believe Ann-Marie set out with the intention of building a global business. She simply couldn’t help herself. Every opportunity was to be grasped with both hands and seen through to the very best of her ability.

    Ann-Marie was bold, determined, decisive and resilient. But she was also instinctively creative.
    Having amassed an array of the finest cheeses, including from beyond our shores, she was dismayed by the quality of the crackers alongside them. She set about creating a range of crackers that would be worthy of such great cheeses.

    They were a great success and could soon be found in the best retailers across the UK. As an independent retailer herself, she promised not to sell them to the British supermarkets.

    In 2006, when the bakery that made her biscuits unexpectedly came up for sale, Ann-Marie and her husband, John, our co-owner, poured everything into buying the business. They soon found themselves the owners of not only a successful cheese retailer, wholesaler and exporter in Bath, but also of a bakery in Derbyshire.

    The bakery has gone from strength to strength, but Ann-Marie always said that cheese was the beating heart of the business. She said that to be a cheesemonger was a profession, a commitment and a vocation.

    Ann-Marie was tireless in her pursuit of perfection. She said “always seek out the best, and when you have found it, keep looking.”

    She was full of energy and had a great gift for communicating her enthusiasm. Her style was cheeky, irreverent and approachable. She fully admitted to being a purist when it came to cheese, but she was determined never to be snooty. She said that you don’t have to have a PhD in cheese to enjoy it. She never wanted anyone to feel intimidated when they came in to her shop. Everyone was sure of a welcome, her keenest wish that they would leave having found a new cheese that they loved.

    She was passionate about the industry in which she worked and was heartened that it remains so vibrant and dynamic.

    We lost Ann-Marie just last September, but she was the spirit of our business and that spirit lives on. International Women’s Day seems a fitting time to commemorate a woman who dedicated so much of her working life to sourcing, nurturing and selling the very best cheese. She was, quite simply, an extraordinary woman.

    By Ruth Raskin, Cheese Care and Quality Manager.

  9. Enjoy an Afternoon of the Finest Cheese and Wine at Waddesdon Manor
    Enjoy an Afternoon of the Finest Cheese and Wine at Waddesdon Manor

    One of the most exciting events

  10. Some Words About Ann-Marie Dyas, Co-Founder of The Fine Cheese Co.
    Some Words About Ann-Marie Dyas, Co-Founder of The Fine Cheese Co.

    Ann-Marie Dyas The Fine Cheese Co. Bath

    We know how saddened you will be to learn that Ann-Marie died on Saturday morning, at her home in a house and village that she loved.

    Ann-Marie was the spirit of our business, and we are determined that this spirit will not lose its strength and momentum.

    Our vision and our values will not change.

    We have been so grateful to all those of you who have shown your commitment and loyalty to The Fine Cheese Co.

    We look forward to continuing this relationship, long into the future.

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

    Artisan Cheese Awards

    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 top of that, we helped judge the Artisan Cheese Awards. The winners of this prestigious event will be announced on Saturday night at a glitzy awards ceremony.

    We’ve also sponsored the mightiest award of them all, the Supreme Champion, and we can’t wait to see who the well-deserved winner is as they'll be presented with a £1,000 cheque from us

  12. Our Cheese Care Manager spends a week in Vermont
    Our Cheese Care Manager spends a week in Vermont

    Snow in Vermont

    As I landed in Boston Logan ready for my Jasper Hill Farm adventure, the heaviest snow storm in years swept in and the city was left knee deep in snow. Then, while the hordes of workers filed out to clear the pavements and roads with shovels in hand, I imagined what the route North to subarctic Vermont would look like.

    Despite my concerns, it ended up being fine thanks to our all-wheel drive vehicle. That is, until we ventured onto the back roads, where we narrowly missed the undefined road and beached on a covered snow bank. Fortunately, we were lucky enough to be within walking distance of our lodgings.

    It is the norm at Jasper Hill Farm to start early and finish late. So, in order to get the authentic experience, we braved Jasper Hill’s notorious elements and trudge out at dawn. Matteo and Andy Kehler began their farming and cheese-making activities in 1999. Their vision was to bring life back to th

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