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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Artisanal Premium Cheese - Review & GIVEAWAY - ends 5/1/12

You've probably heard of a digital clock, analog clock, a pendulum clock, and even a cuckoo clock; but have you ever heard of a CheeseClock™?


I hadn't heard of a CheeseClock™ prior to stumbling into a fantastic cheese retailer, Artisanal Premium Cheese.  The CheeseClock™ is a great guide to setting up a cheese tasting plate for your next Wine & Cheese party, as a way to "best" enjoy the varying nuances of a selection of cheeses. Heck, you don't even have to have a party, I used the CheeseClock™ just for myself the other night, when setting up my own cheese plate for dessert! Yes, I eat cheese for dessert.....often. Don't judge.

Since I wasn't able to visit Artisanal Premium Cheese in NY on such short notice, Artisanal Cheese sent some fantastic selections straight to my door, here in Texas. Their online cheese shop, is extensive and manned (woman-ed) by passionate cheese professionals that take their time to make sure each of the 200 cheeses they offer are matured and ripened to perfection.

They have a fantastic selection of artisan stand-alone cheeses, as well as gift baskets, books, cheese tools and more.

I was sent the Artisanal CheeseClock Collection, which came in a gorgeous red, reusable tin, and included four cheeses varying from mild to strong.  If you're a beginner in the world of cheese tasting, this is a fantastic way to try a wide variety of cheeses to see if you have a preference for a certain type or style of cheese.

The lovely CheeseClock Collection that was sent to me! Perfect for a gift!

Even if you're an old pro in the world of cheese, or are looking to buy a gift for the beloved foodie in your life, I can promise you they will thoroughly enjoy the CheeseClock Collection from Artisanal Premium Cheese. The selection can vary, based on seasonal availability of certain cheeses, but in my CheeseClock collection I had:
  • Geit-in-Stad - Mild - (Netherlands)  This was an excellent, firm goat cheese
  • Terraluna - Medium - (Utah) Nice, salty Cow's milk cheddar-like cheese
  • Mousseron Jurassian - Bold - (France)  A complex, mushroom-esque raw Cow's milk cheese
  • Gouda - Strong - (Netherlands) I want this one shaved on top of a chocolate soufflé - for real!
Here is MY CheeseClock plate from the Artisanal CheeseClock Collection

Artisanal Cheese is the perfect resource to help you prepare for your next cheese tasting party, as they have a nice section where you can get recommendations for wine & cheese pairings.  There is an easy to view, drop down box where you can select what type of wine you'd like to serve and a list of cheese recommendations will pop up for you! Simple as that.

What I wouldn't give up to live in New York, so I could "stumble" into the actual Artisanal Premium Cheese Center and take one of their tasting classes this month:
 

Artisanal has revolutionized cheese appreciation in the United States by making the world's finest cheeses available nationwide as never before. What sets Artisanal Premium Cheese apart is the art of affinage - an ancient practice by which our passionate cheese professionals complete the cheese maker's labor of love by patiently nurturing each of the 200 cheeses we offer to optimal ripeness and peak flavor. With a dedicated staff of affineurs, and state-of-the-art aging caves, Artisanal alone provides top quality cheese for fine-dining restaurants, specialty gourmet stores, and to directly to consumers.
-  courtesy of http://www.artisanalcheese.com/


And if that's not enough cheese talk (rather, CheeseClock) to keep you satisfied for the week.............

ENTER TO WIN
Artisanal Cheese GIVEAWAY 
*Disclosure: I was given a CheeseClock Collection basket from Artisanal Premium Cheese to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are 100% my own and were not influenced by the complimentary item. 



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    87 comments :

    1. artisinal celebration collection

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    2. I'd love to try the Pecorino Balze Volteranne - Organic - D.O.P. (but I can hardly choose!)

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    3. I'd like to try the Cheddar, Artisanal 2 Year Aged

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    4. I'd love to try the Sea Hive!
      lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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    5. The Beermat- Aarauer Bierdeckel sounds delicious.

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    6. I would love to try all of it but if I have to choose maybe the



      Artisanal CheeseClock Collection
      a10small at hotmail dot com

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    7. I want to have one of the Italian Pecorino's.
      klconn7 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    8. Excellent post! We really love the pictures and they way you embraced not only the educational elements of our product, but the intended use of sharing together with family and friends.

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    9. I would like to try the Sea Hive
      annette3369@yahoo.com

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    10. I would like to try any or all of the cheeses but the Uplands Pleasant Ridge and the Fleuron both sound unusual and quite interesting. Thank you for the giveaway...

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    11. twitted this today, like Seahive cheese

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    12. I'd try their Camembert Lactic, French

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    13. oh boy I could go crazy at that site! Trying to choose!! I really really like cheese. I adore to just have some cheese, crackers and cold sausage sometimes, for dinner. Love trying any cheeses out there. I would to try their "Seahive" first of all. Unique! AND the Raclette! Sounds oh so good. Boy, I would love to try them all eventually. Spacemonkey907 (at) yahoo.com

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    14. I'd like to try the Sainte Maure. The way it is made is really interesting!

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    15. I really would like to try the Abbaye de Tamie. It sounds good. Thanks.
      sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

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    16. I would love to try the Valdeon

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    17. I would try the Iberian Five Cheese Collection

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    18. There isn't a cheese I don't like so any of their cheese items will do

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    19. I would love to try their Cave Aged English Cheddar

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    20. Cheeseclock collection.

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    21. I love cheese, and I want to try the Le Moulis cheese next.

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    22. I'd like to try the Cheddar, Artisanal 2-Year Aged!

      Thanks,

      selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

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    23. i would love the Brie de Nangis
      melissalucky43@yahoo.com

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    24. I would love to try the seahive!

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    25. I would like the Sainte Maure cheese
      kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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    26. I would like to try the Hoch Ybrig cheese.

      alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    27. I love cheese, I'd love to try all of their products - but I'd have to start with the http://www.artisanalcheese.com/cheeses/Affidelice because it's one I've never seen before.

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    28. Brazos Cheddar
      tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

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    29. I'd like to try the Five Cheese Collection.

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    30. I'd love to try Sea Hive Cheddar Cheese.
      Thanks so much.

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    31. I would try Merry Goat Round

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    32. OO, this looks so tasty! I've been dying for some good cheeses lately!

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    33. I would like to try the Bleu d'Auvergne.

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    34. I would love the aged cheddar

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    35. The Artesinal Cheddar.
      Thanks for the chance.
      mogrill12@gmail.com

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    36. I'd love to try the beermat.
      sunshine0893@charter.net

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    37. I want to try the Sea Hive cheese.
      bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    38. I'd love to try the Max's McCalman Especially Healthy Favorites

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    39. Cheese make's the world go 'round! I'd love to win this and try the Max's McCalman Especially Healthy Favorites.

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    40. I want to try the Pecorino Tartufo

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    41. I would get the taste of two collection.

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    42. i wouldn't mind trying the cabrales or hittisau!

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    43. Never heard of but sounds good is Garrotxa.

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    44. I'd like to try the Artisanal Classic Cheese Tins.
      rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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    45. We love cheese of any kind. YUM!! JELLIS

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    46. I'd like either Le Moulis or Cantalet.
      kdent2@indy.rr.com

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    47. I would LOVE to try the Cheddar, Artisanal 2 Year Aged :)

      ktgonyea at gmail.com

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    48. I'd love this: http://www.artisanalcheese.com/CheeseClock-Collection-with-Chutneys/productinfo/13996/

      Lily Sheng
      lsheng at live dot com

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    49. brie de nangis crystletellerday@yahoo.com

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    50. I would love to try the Alp Drackloch Swiss Alpage Cheese served with a glass of Merlot.

      Hope to win!

      xxbowietipxx@gmail.com

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    51. Sea Hive
      jenboston22 at gmail dot com

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    52. I'd love to try the Sea Hive
      agnesye@hotmail.com

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    53. the sea hive (but that's after lots of searching)

      theresa _ heppner at yahoo dot com

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    54. I want to try the sea hive. Thank you!

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    55. I would like to try the either of the Hudson Valley Camembert.

      tfrink@cox.net

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    56. I would like to try the dessert collection.

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    57. http://www.artisanalcheese.com/Cantalet/productinfo/10117/ this cheddar cheese sounds Delicious!

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    58. the exotic and rare cheese collection i like the unusual

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    59. Traci Lynn ButlerApril 29, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      Would love to try the Brie de Nangis

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    60. I'd love to try the Sea Hive Cheddar.

      marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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    61. I would like to try the Sea Hive

      Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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    62. Sea Hive cheddar
      alliana88m AT yahoo DOT com

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    63. I would love to buy the Artisanal Premium Cheesecake!!!

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    64. I would like to try the Vacherin Fribourgeois cheese.

      chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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    65. Fondue du Jour
      b_burmester@hotmail(dot)com

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    66. The cave aged English cheddar sounds really good!!

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    67. I'm totally a cheese lover, so I'd love to have the North Country Blue cheese! Yummy!

      coriwestphal at msn dot com

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    68. I'd love to try the Tomme Fermier d'Alsace cheese!

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    69. The Brazos Cheddar is my cheese of choice!

      theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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    70. I would like to try Sea Hive.
      seknobloch(at)gmail(dot)com

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    71. i would try Tarentaise
      rparis100@gmail.com

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    72. I would like to try any of their wide variety of cheeses, but my sweet tooth is demanding the Artisanal Premium Cheesecake.

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    73. I would like to try Artisanal Premium Cheesecake

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    74. I'd like the exotic and rare cheese collection.

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    75. Cantalet
      amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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    76. Looks like yummy cheese! I love Gruyere!

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