Greer's OC: Cheese that will please

June 08, 2011

Orange County just landed a fantastic cheese shop that's making cheese connoisseurs and foodies swoon. Taste Abbaye de Belloc made by Benedictine monks at the abbey of Notre Dame from French Pyrenees sheep's milk; the famed cow's milk cheese Époisses de Bourgogne, referred to as the "king of all cheeses"; and one of the country's finest goat milk cheeses, Humboldt Fog.

Vin Goat in Corona del Mar fills a void in the market—no more driving to Beverly Hills or Silver Lake to find a one-stop boutique filled with the world's finest artisan cheeses.

Co-owners Erich Vogel and John Bennett left the world of high-tech marketing and advertising to live out their dream of owning a cheese boutique—and both absorbed themselves in culinary education first: Vogel attended the Cheese School of San Francisco; and Bennett enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.


Vin Goat stocks 90 fresh cheeses from all over the world and will soon carry up to 200. There are also fresh artisan breads delivered daily from Sadie Rose in San Diego plus mustards, honeys, olive oils, vinegars, crackers and gourmet finishing salts including vintage merlot, Spanish rosemary, Thai ginger and black truffle. In the works are cheese tastings as well as wines arriving in the next few months.

Vin Goat is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 3326 E. Coast Highway in Corona del Mar. For more information, call (949) 673-2200 or visit

Shop to empower women

The inaugural Wine Women & Shoes event is coming to Orange County from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday to benefit the YWCA Central Orange County.

At the event, held in an exclusive Crystal Cove estate, you can enjoy wines, food tasting, boutique shopping and informal modeling—three fun hours of shopping for a great cause. Vendors will be donating 20% proceeds to YWCA. Participating vendors include Swimspot, Traditional Jewelers, Jo Malone, David August and Novecento Boutique, Silpada and many more.

You can also purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a designer closet filled with designer clothes, or a wine cellar with domestic and international wines. Cost $150 per person.

The event is located at 21 High Water at Crystal Cove. For more information, call (714) 633-4950, ext. 3, or visit

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