For the past 45 years, The Cheese Shop of Concord has been a haven for Boston area cheese-lovers, and a leading purveyor of rare and imported cheeses. (Last year the shop made headlines when it wheeled a 400-pound Northern Italian cheese through its doors.) As such, it comes as no surprise that the shop was first in line to become the exclusive New England merchant for French cheese exporter Xavier David Fromages Affines.
Cheeses recently arrived from the Xavier David include a pungent Roquefort, camembert from Normandy, creamy Fourme d’Ambert (one the oldest cheeses in France), the Alsatian Tomme Fermiere, a superb Comté, and a stinky, runny Époisses cheese from the Cote d’Or.
To find the perfect wine to pair with your French cheese, make use of the shop’s free wine consultations. Pick a wine, or describe one you have at home, and a wine expert will help you choose a cheese. You can also start by choosing a cheese (150 types are available) and then get a recommended wine, beer or cider to pair with it.
In addition to cheeses from Xavier David, shop owner Peter Lovis also recommends a Tasmanian Roaring Forties Blue cheese and Moliterno al Tartufo, an aged black truffle oil-injected Sardinian cheese. If that doesn’t get you to the shop’s doorstep, nothing will. 29 Walden St., Concord, 978-369-5778