If gourmet cheese delivered straight to your door sounds like a dream come true, dream no more! Bright Cellars Monthly Cheese Club sends you four cheeses a month, custom picked for you! I tried it for a month, and here’s what I thought. Note: Bright Cellars sent me their cheeses in exchange for my honest review.
Calling all cheese lovers! Listen up! There’s a new cheese delivery service in town, and I’m kind of excited about it. Here’s why– I cannot even BEGIN to tell you how many times I’ve stared in confusion at the bazillions of cheese options in the grocery store. It’s the worst when stores have cooler after cooler of cheeses with exotic-sounding names from far-off locations, but the confusion also happens in smaller stores. As much as I want to be an expert on all things cheese, the selections can be overwhelming. Bright Cellars is here to help.
(If you read “Cheese Club,” and are already sold, go ahead and take the CHEESE TASTE QUIZ!)
Keep reading– Bright Cellars also sent me a coupon for you!
How Bright Cellars Works
Bright Cellars is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and ships out Wisconsin-based cheeses from the cheese-loving “world dairy headquarters.”
Before you sign up with Bright Cellars, you take a ‘taste quiz.’ Basically, they ask seven questions about food, some of which I just could NOT answer correctly. No– I can’t just “choose” between espresso, cappuccino, and hot tea for my favorite hot drink! It’s impossible. (I don’t remember which I picked, but I apologize to the other two drinks. I love you all equally, I promise.)
Next, Bright Cellars selects your cheese matches. (Is this where I admit that I cheated and kept taking the quiz over and over again to see which cheese combination I liked best? Shhhhhh!) Once my selections were finalized, the order went in, and I waited for my cheese. The cheeses arrived in a thermal bag, along with little cards describing each cheese, including pairing suggestions for wine and food.
My four custom-selected cheeses were–(go ahead and pretend that you hear a drumroll here):
Cheese 1: Sublime Lime Cheddar from Armada
This cheese, on its own, was not my absolute favorite. However, (and this is a BIG however)– after tasting it, I followed the cheese card suggestion to use this lime cheddar in Mexican food. I shredded the cheddar, put it in between two tortillas with some sliced jalapeños, and made a killer quesadilla. It was ridiculously amazing inside the quesadilla! In fact, I would get this cheese again just for Mexican food.
Cheese 2: Heritage Weis from Cream City Creamery
This white cheddar cheese was nice, clean, and creamy. I liked it on its own, and it was delicious with fruit. It was a little milder than the sharp white cheddar I usually snack on. Again, I loved this cheese when cooking. I melted it onto breakfast bagels, and then topped the cheesy bagels with poached eggs.
Cheese 3: Big Ed’s Gouda Style with Serrano Peppers from Kith + Kin
This cheese was AMAZING. It was like gouda times a million, and I really like gouda. I also really like serrano peppers, so this cheese was a no-brainer. It was fantastic, and I devoured it with a glass of wine. I want more!
Cheese 4: Caerphilly from Misty Isles
I can’t decide, no matter how many times I taste this Caerphilly cheese, if I liked it or the gouda best. They were both incredible! This cheese reminded me of a sharp white cheddar, but the flavors were a lot more complicated and nutty. This was another winner!
I had a completely enjoyable and pleasant experience with Bright Cellars. I loved tasting and comparing the various cheeses, and I think that if I kept trying this for several months– I’d be a well-informed, cheese-oholic in no time!
My biggest question, after all the cheese was gobbled down and I came out of my cheese-induced coma, was how do I GET MORE CHEESE?! If you sign up for Bright Cellars, you’re supposed to rate each cheese on their website, and help them send you cheese you’ll love even more in your next shipment. If you get a cheese you don’t like, they’ll send you an extra cheese, on them, in your next box. If you LOVE a cheese (I’m looking at you– Gouda with Serrano Peppers!), simply contact the ‘cheese concierge’ at cheese.concierge@
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A Note on Billing: This is a subscription service. That means they keep your credit card information on file, and your cheese will keep coming (and you’ll keep paying for it), unless you tell them otherwise. I can’t comment on the cancellation process, because Bright Cellars sent me the cheese without having me complete the sign-up process.
A Note on Cost: As of right now, Bright Cellars charges $55 plus shipping per month. As with most subscription services, you’re probably paying slightly more than you would pay if you bought each cheese in person. However, I’ve never seen these cheeses in a store locally, so I can’t directly compare prices. Keep in mind, you’re also paying for convenience (you don’t have to leave the house), and for their ‘cheese matching’ services.