Cheese and Champagne began as a tasting journal by two cheese-obsessed friends as we tasted our way through the Wine Spectator “100 Great Cheeses” list. Having tasted 97 of the 100, plus a good number “off the list,” we have discovered new favorites and an undying love for the craft of cheesemaking. Whether farmstead, artisanal, raw milk or pasteurized, the one thing we have discovered is that our education in cheese is only just beginning. As of 2011, we have turned our attention to real American cheese — artisanal cheeses and the people who make them, from the classic dairy states of Wisconsin and California to the upstarts in Georgia, Vermont and the Pacific Northwest. It’s an exciting time to be a cheeselover in America, and we’ll continue bringing you the freshest, stinkiest, creamiest and most pungent new finds here on CheeseandChampagne.com.
Colleen Levine (dccheese) is a cheese advocate, freelance writer and consultant based in Washington, D.C. With more than a dozen years of advocacy experience in the nation’s capitol, she delved into the cheese world in 2008 as the co-founder of the blog CheeseandChampagne.com and is now proud to advocate for cheese and the artisans who make it. She also writes about raising foodies on real food at FoodieTots.com, with assistance from her two- and six-year-old kitchen and garden assistants. In between visits to local cheese shops and farmers markets, she also obsesses over craft beer and the perfect cup of coffee (all in the name of cheese pairing research, of course.) (aka @ColleenLevine on Twitter, Untappd and Vine.)
Jill Lewis (mncheese) spent many of her formative years in Wisconsin but can more accurately pinpoint the beginning of her cheese obsession to her time in suburban Washington, D.C., when she and fellow blogger Colleen fell in love with their neighborhood cheese shop. Now living in Minnesota, she enjoys visiting various well-stocked cheese shops, covering the local foodie scene for the online food magazine The Heavy Table, and watching her three kids eat varieties of cheese that her 30-something husband won’t touch. She is proud to be a first-time book author with the release of “Minnesota Lunch: From Pasties to Banh Mi” in March 2011. (aka @Golda78 on Twitter.)
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Colleen @ < dccheese at gmail dot com > or Jill @ < mncheese at gmail dot com > (Replacing at and dot with @ and .).
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* From the Wine Spectator Sept. 30, 2008 issue. We will not be posting the complete list or the reviews from the magazine; we encourage you to order a copy to follow along at home.