Asheville has been coined the “Paris of the South.” And what’s more Parisian than artisan cheese? Tucked into the rolling farm hills of Fairview, Looking Glass Creamery churns out a variety of small batch, award winning cheeses that have gained both local and national attention. With a tasting room, cheese shop and fun classes and events, this creamery is a delicious way to have a romantic date.
The Cheese Shop
The cheese shop is worth a visit, even if you can’t make one of their tastings or classes. Sample the artisanal cheeses, along with other local craft food makers like West End Bakery, Lusty Monk, Roots & Branches, Copper Pot Wooden Spoon, Green River Picklers and Hickory Nut Gap.
Order a cheese board ($13 or $26, depending on the size) and enjoy some wine by the glass or bottle. Carve out a spot around the creamery to take in the surroundings and taste the bounty.
Looking for a creative Holiday gift idea? Order a Love Asheville basket. It’s a full sampling of pickles, jams, breads, mustard, aged meats, and more from hand-crafted food artisans around Asheville.
The Tasting Room
We made our way up the stairs to the new tasting room, where we settled around the farm table. The french doors opened over the balcony with views of rolling pastures and old barns. The table was lined with wine glasses, cheese boards and accompanying wine bottles. One can become quite giddy at the thought of enjoying good wine and cheese, and we made friends quickly with our fellow guests.
Looking Glass Creamery’s cheese professional, Sean Stanley and Mike Tiano from Haw River Wine Man creatively paired up our tasting. It was engaging, informative and fun.
Wine & Cheese Pairings:
Feta & Poderi dal Nespoli Pagadebit
The feta cheese was topped with pine nuts and drizzled with honey. It was smooth, delicious and highlighted the crisp and aromatic notes in the Poderi dal Nespoli Pagadebit.
Fromage Blanc & Ostatu Rioja Blanco
The Fromage Blanc was mild, buttery and so tasty with the lemon, thyme, back pepper and olive oil topper that Sean had concocted. The Blanco brought the two together for a fresh, rich experience.
Howard’s Gap & Vallone de Cecione Chianti Classico
Served with prosciutto-style country ham from Hickory Nut Gap, this bold, small curd cheese highlighted the Chianti’s Tuscan flavor.
Chocolate Lab/ Grochau Cellars Cuvee Pinot Noir
This cheese, washed in chocolate porter and rubbed with crushed cacao nibs from French Broad Chocolates was a crowd favorite! It was melted atop a crusty baguette from West End Bakery, along with stone ground mustard from Lusty Monk and pickled shallots. The Pinot Noir was bold, with an oakiness that worked so well with the Chocolate Lab.
Green River Blue/Eden Honeycrisp Ice Cider
If you don’t like blue cheese, try the Green River Blue and you may change your mind. This cheese is bold, without the full, sometimes assaulting flavor that other blue cheeses have. Brilliantly paired with a honeycrisp cider, it was a full bodied, clean and delicious combo that had many of us pleasantly surprised. Everyone wanted a bottle of the cider! You can find it at Metro Wine and Table Wine in Asheville.
We recommend the Wine & Cheese Pairing as a way to upgrade your date night and extend your knowledge on the cheese and wine process. The sampling was generous and the company of our guides and fellow guests made for an engaging and fun evening.
Upcoming Events at Looking Glass Creamery:
December 1st: Handmade with Meredith Leigh $30
Cheese and Charcuterie go together for a reason. This class is an exploration of fermented foods, namely cheese and meat with acclaimed writer Meredith Leigh.
December 15th: Build a Better Cheese Board $15
Join Sean Stanley, Certified Cheese Professional, to learn how to put together a beautiful, delicious, and downright delectable assortment of cheese and accouterments.
Looking Glass Creamery
59 Noble Road
Fairview NC 28730
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
11am to 5pm