Cheese! Cheese! Cheese!
After lunch at Orchid (the new Thai restaurant a few doors down) good friend and I hit the newly opened Cheese Shop in Winter Park, just down from the new Panera Bread (not near Aloma).
The Cheese Chop is very lovely, neat and well appointed with cheeses, select gourmet condiments and select bottles of wine meant to accompany the cheeses in the case. I was pleased to see several interesting and tasty wine selections that you just don't see everywhere. Decently priced and certainly not overpriced...a great option for picking up a bottle on the fly to enjoy with your noshes.
There are rotating samples of various cheeses under glass, but if you are shopping they'll be happy to slice off samples of cheeses you are on the fence about. The name cards used to identify the cheeses, also provide selected wine varietals to look at when pairing. Nice touch.
I picked up some sharp cheddar (Grafton Village Cheese Company, Gold). Sharp but nice and creamy, esp. for a cheddar with a kick. Thumbs up! I also picked up 2 goat cheeses, one is Palhais, from Torres Vedras, Portugal and the Crottin de Champcol, from Loire around Sancerre. Creamy, mild...yum.
I was told while in the shop that they would be "beefing up" the refrigerated cases with select meats and would be providing picnic service to enjoy at the park soon.