What You'll Get
The differences between cheeses depend on the animals they come from, with mild colby produced by tranquil cows, tangy chèvre produced by irate goats, and versatile american produced by burger-fed bald eagles. Savor cheese's subtle contrasts with today's Groupon to Raymond & Co. Cheesemongers in Napa. Choose between the following options:
- For $50, you get a one-hour private cheese tasting (a $100 value).
- For $17, you get a 20-minute group cheese tasting (a $35 value).
In his storeroom stocked with handmade cheeses, John Raymond employs his curd comprehension and milk mastery to educate tasters on the history, process, and complex flavors of a multitude of artisan cheeses. Group tastings introduce gruyere greenhorns to the cheese industry, giving an overview of the taste and textural differences among varieties. As many as 30 cheese enthusiasts may attend a group tasting with the freedom to try between six and nine types, and all are invited to bring their own bottles of wine for a perfect palate pairing.
Private tastings entertain a maximum of four participants, providing pupils with ample time to investigate the reasons behind feel and flavor contrasts as Raymond delves deep into the cheese-making process. Samplings are stretched to every corner of the shop, and as with all successful Hubble telescope repair missions, wine is provided.
- This guy is very passionate about what he does. We got to taste some incredible cheeses, so much that I couldn't sleep last night because I hadn't had so much rich food in so long. We tried some cheese wrapped in a fig leaf that was delicious and the goat cheese from St. Helena was just rediculous [sic]. – Everything is Better with Bacon
- My boyfriend and I did the tasting and not only was it very pleasing to our pallet [sic], but it was also so informative! I think I could have stayed for hours nibbling and learning. – Courtney K., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. By appointment only. Not valid with Cheese Club discount. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.