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Great 28 Pairings: Bitters


In the 18th century, bitters were advertised as the cure for what ails you. Have a headache?Bitters. Stomach cramps? Bitters. While their usage has shifted, their popularity didn’t boom until recently. (As of 2004 there were only three brands of bitters sold commercially.) In years past, a lonely bottle of Angostura cloaked in its oversized […]

Great 28 Pairings: Natural Wine


Natural wine is many different things, with an ever-evolving definition. The bullet points everyone can agree on include organically-grown grapes, minimal filtration, no added sugars, colorings, or sulfites, and absolutely no lab-cultivated yeasts. Die-hards maintain even more rules, such as stipulating the grapes must be hand-picked, but this is where the natural wine umbrella gets […]

Behind the Label: Caveman Blue


Yeti, Sasquatch, Abominable Snowman—for a creature spotted so infrequently, Bigfoot’s names are a dime a dozen. In Grants Pass, Oregon, locals inspired by southern Oregon’s extensive cave system have historically preferred the name “Caveman,” frequently portraying the fabled humanoid in costume at city events. Embracing the local folklore, early 20th century dairy factory Rogue Gold […]

Cambozola Black Label Cheese Sauce


As a kid, my mother taught us the value of creativity in the kitchen: sometimes to stretch a dollar and other times to use the ingredients around us to feed our large family. I’ve used that same creativity as part of DPI Specialty Foods for the past 30 years. DPI Specialty Foods is a wholesale […]

The Best Chefs of the Year: Sushi Meets Cheese at Chizu


In downtown Portland, this trendy cheese bar looks to Japan for inspiration.

Classic grilled cheese sandwich

All the Cheese Events You Need to Know About this Spring


There’s a lot happening in the cheese world this spring! Scroll down to check out the festivals and holidays that we’re most excited for.  In March… March 6th World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, WI With thousands of entries from all over the world, this biennial event is the world’s largest technical cheese contest. After […]

Sam Rollins of Provisions Market Hall in Eugene, Oregon

Shop Talk: Provisions Market Hall in Eugene, Ore.


Cheesemonger Sam Rollins shares his favorite cheesy memory and wine and cheese pairing