Welcome! Cheese & Champagne is a joint project by two cheese-obsessed friends tasting our way through the Wine Spectator “100 Great Cheeses” list.* One in the ‘burbs of Washington, D.C., and one in Minneapolis, MN, we will be sharing our tasting notes here twice a week.

About Us

wineandcheeseColleen Levine (dccheese) is a cheese fanatic who also writes about cooking fresh, local, seasonal and sustainable food for the whole family at FoodieTots.com. She was born in Portland, Oregon, but now resides just outside Washington, D.C. When not at the neighborhood cheese shop, she can be found at farmers markets, taking her toddler on train or tractor rides, and ranting against high fructose corn syrup ads. Her favorite grilled cheese combination is smoked gouda and tart apples on challah.

Jill Lewis (mncheese) spent many of her formative years in Wisconsin but can more accurately pinpoint the beginning of her cheese obsession to her time in suburban Washington, D.C., when she and fellow blogger Colleen fell in love with their neighborhood cheese shop. Now living in Minnesota, she enjoys visiting two well-stocked cheese shops, covering the local foodie scene for the online food magazine The Heavy Table, and introducing her 2-year-old to fine cheddars. Favorites include Chaource (France), Humboldt Fog (California) and Prima Donna Gouda (Holland).

Contact Us

Have a cheese question or tip? Contact Colleen @ < dccheese at foodietots dot com > -or – Jill @ < mncheese at gmail dot com > (Replacing at and dot with @ and .).

* From the Wine Spectator Sept. 30, 2008 issue. We will not be posting the complete list or the reviews from the magazine; we encourage you to order a copy to follow along at home.