Monday, September 12, 2016

9/12 LYNN QUINTANILLA, BEST CHEESE CORPORATION, AMY LEE, ROCKY POINT CELLARS

LYNN QUINTANILLA – DISTRICT SALES MANAGER FOR BEST CHEESE CORPORATION

Located in New York’s Westchester county, Best Cheese Corporation is the exclusive importer of Uniekaas® Specialty Dutch Cheeses in the United States and Canada since 1995. Uniekaas was founded in the mid 1950’s, when a small humble cooperative of cheese makers joined forces to share their knowledge and resources. This joint effort produced the leader in the Dutch cheese market, specializing in unique Gouda styles made from cow, goat or sheep milk. With Uniekaas, the integrity of the Dutch Cheese making process and traditions are preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Best Cheese is the owner and operator of the independently-run Coach Farm®, a farmstead goat dairy and creamery in Pine Plains, NY. You can find our products in select Whole Foods and Safeway stores, as well as many other regional grocery retailers and specialty cheese shops.

VALUES
At Best Cheese Corporation, we strive to bring only the finest quality cheeses to your table. In order to do this, our company’s heart beats around these three key values 24 hours of every day. We are dedicated to always having the:

BESTPEOPLE
We take pride in having exceptional staff here to work for you. Being qualified, dedicated, and passionate about cheese is what drives our company forward.

BESTSERVICE
Providing exceptional customer service is of the utmost importance. We are dedicated to cultivating and nurturing a winning network of consumers and suppliers because together we can offer much more than quality cheeses.

BESTCHEESE
Quality starts at the source. All cheeses sold by our company are made with fresh Grade A milk, free from antibiotics and hormones. We promise to not only demand the best products from producers but to also seek new innovative flavors satisfying to palates everywhere.

BRANDS

UNIEKAAS
Directly translated to English, Uniekaas means “one cheese” and that’s exactly what the company stands for. In the early 1900’s, the Dutch cheese market comprised of small independent cheese producers handling all aspects of cheese production. It wasn’t until the mid 1950’s that a small cooperative of cheese makers came together to share their knowledge and resources to create what is known today as Uniekaas. This formation helped to build one of the leaders in the Dutch cheese market which focused on exploring new ways to create Gouda cheeses without ever losing the importance of Dutch cheese making traditions. Today, Uniekaas is known for bringing unique styles of specialty Dutch cheese to markets across the world. From its flagship brand Parrano®, to unique gouda styles made from cow, goat, or sheep milk. Uniekaas is a leader of Dutch cheese steeped in decades of tradition and exploration.

COACH FARMS
Faithful to the traditional methods of the French farmstead cheesemaker, we at Coach Farm are turning out authentic, artisanal goat cheeses that were once found only in the remote villages of France. Our farm is located in a small Hudson Valley village, just two hours outside of new York City. We have over 900 French Alpine dairy goats, born and raised on our farm. The small, white-tiled creamery where we make our cheeses connects directly to the milking parlor, ensuring only the freshest cheeses!

PARRANO
Parrano® is an unforgettable cheese made from an authentic Italian recipe. It incorporates the alluring, nutty, and fine-aged flavor profile of Parmesan with the pliant, versatile texture of a young Dutch Gouda, making it easier to slice, shred or melt. Parrano is perfect as a snack, on its own, or added to any of your favorite recipes.

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AMY LEE – OWNER, ROCKY POINT CELLARS

ROCKY POINT CELLARS, WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR
The boutique wines of the Willamette Valley continue to grow in reputation due to the passion of the people of the region and the unique terroir we are blessed to work with.  We specialize in single vineyard designated wines that we believe best express this place - focused on Pinot Noir and delving into Sauvignon Blanc, and Grenache.  The wines of Rocky Point are crafted with great care in honor and memory of three generations who have dedicated hard work and love to create a place to share and enjoy with family and friends.

MORE ABOUT ROCKY POINT
In 2009, having spent more than a decade in the global wine industry, I made the decision to start up Rocky Point Cellars.  My goal was and still is that of producing a bottle of uncompromising wine utilizing the wonderful connections, lessons of labor, and a passion for quality that I have gained along my journey in wine thus far.  My decision to begin the project came only after securing a prime lot of Pinot Noir from one of my favorite vineyards in the Willamette Valley - the Le Cadeau (Black Hole) Vineyard.  The Rocky Point brand has continued to carefully grow - slowly and surely, with the thoughtful addition of small lots of premium fruit from truly exceptional vineyards.

The premier vintage - 2010!  I met Tom & Deb Mortimer, owners of the Le Cadeau Vineyard and Winery, through my day job selling ERMITAGE barrels.  This incredible couple summarizes the love and dedication that this region's reputation is built on.  They graciously invited me into their home, vineyard, cellar, and soon after agreed to provide me with an acre of beautiful Pommard growing on the rockiest hillside I have yet to find in Oregon.  We call the block Lot 50 - an homage to my family who homesteaded the steepest lot of granite and tamarack on what would later become Rocky Point on Priest Lake in the wonderland of the Northern Selkirk range.

We continue to grow and learn with each passing vintage and we hope this shines through in the quality of the wines you'll find at Rocky Point Cellars.  In March, we relocated the cellar to Carlton where we are thrilled to be working with Dave Grooters and Steve Ryan.

Thank you to all who have supported this effort through your advice, your kind words of encouragement, and by purchasing and sharing the wine.

ABOUT AMY LEE
Amy's career in the wine industry occurred absolutely by chance after finishing up an MBA and moving to Hong Kong for a job with the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.  It was at a dinner party in Hong Kong that Amy was offered the opportunity to move to Beijing as the Director of Key Account Sales for China's largest wine importer.  Over the next several years Amy was introduced to some of the world’s best wine producers and found her true love in Pinot Noir – from Oregon.  A Northwest native and ready to return to clean air and abundant recreation, Amy accepted a position with the French cooperage ERMITAGE Tonnellerie as sales manager for Washington, Oregon, the Central Coast of California, and Asia.   The move back from China to the NW was the trigger that enabled Amy to start her Pinot Noir project - Rocky Point - a gathering point of family, friends, and spirit.

WWW.ROCKYPOINTCELLARS.COM

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