A guide to buying and storing cheese.


Top Tips for Cheese and Wine Matching

It’s great fun exploring cheese and wine matches, especially if you stumble upon that match made in heaven where the cheese and wine compliment each other perfectly, revealing different flavours and taste-bud-tingling harmony with every new mouthful.

But where to start? While it’s not an exact science, here’s some tips to get you on your merry cheese and wine matching way: Continue reading


Cheese and Lactose Intolerance

It’s one of the most common questions we hear at the cheese counter: can people with lactose intolerance eat cheese?

Quite often, the answer is yes – as long as you choose carefully. All milk contains lactose – cow, goat, sheep and buffalo. However, as a result of the cheese-making and maturing process, cheese contains much lower levels of lactose than milk and in fact some mature cheeses are virtually lactose-free. Continue reading


The 5 Most Common Cheese Platter Mistakes

Fancy yourself as a bit of a cheese aficionado? Make sure you aren’t committing these common cheese platter mistakes:

1. One knife to cut them all
Hands up if you’ve ever been about to zero in on a bit of super-runny Brie on a cheese board, only to find the single cheese knife on offer covered with stinky blue cheese. Any host worth their weight in cheese knows that it’s a good idea to put out a few different knives.

2. Snooze-worthy accompaniments
Too often at Ocello we see people buy an amazing selection of cheeses, and then just stock-standard quince paste to serve with them. Matching your cheese with exciting accompaniments can create some delicious new flavour combinations that will have your guests raving for months to follow – try chestnut honey with strong, hard cheeses, or this luscious strawberry and balsamic jam with creamy goat’s cheeses. Check out our full range of accompaniments here.

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The Ocello Post-Christmas Cheese Sale

20% off all cheese in-store! From Thursday 27th December to Monday 31st December 2012. Pop in to take advantage of this great special and stock-up on cheese for your New Years parties – but be quick, as after Christmas our stocks are limited and it’s ‘first-in, best-dressed’. Special applies to cheeses in-store only, not on our online store. Gift Vouchers can’t be redeemed for sale or discounted items.


Australia’s biggest cheese class at Ocello

We are pleased to announce that we will be running Australia’s most comprehensive cheese appreciation class in conjunction with the Sydney International Food Festival. Running for 4 hours and including 30 cheeses, this class is designed to give you an in-depth look at the world of cheese. 11am – 3pm on Saturday 13th October, $275 per person – click here for more details.