Welcome to Farmstead

The first Farmstead Cheeses and Wines opened in 2003 in the Alameda Marketplace.

Since that time, we've become a destination for Bay Area foodies and have been named Best Cheese Store and Best Wine Store by several East Bay publications.

We opened our second shop in Montclair Village in 2008.

Relax,  It's Just Food is more than just our motto - it's how we approach the often intimidating process of selecting great cheeses and wines with and for our customers.

We dislike food and wine snobs as much as you do, but that won't stop us from finding under the radar and hard-to-find wines and perfectly presented handcrafted and artisan cheeses.

  • Dancing Crow Rosé
     
    Dancing Crow Rosé (Sustainable)
    Tony Cartlidge is one of my favorite California Wine personalities.   He's a British transplant with an outsize personality, a memory like a...

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    Isle St Pierre Rosé
    Isle St Pierre Rosé (Sustainable) Founded in 1927, Domaine Isle Saint Pierre is located on a small island in the Rhône River.  It is run today by...

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  • Moulin de Gassac Rosé Guilhem
    Moulin de Gassac Rosé Guilhem (Biodynamic and Organic) Year in, year out, this is our best selling rosé - and it's easy to see why: bright fruit and balanced flavors, low...

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    Raul Perez Ultreia St. Jacques
     

    Raúl Pérez Ultreia St Jacques (Organic)
    Raúl Pérez Pereira is universally considered to be one of the world’s most visionary winemakers. Since he produced his first...

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  • International Riesling Day - March 13
     


    March 13 is International Riesling Day!
    March 13 marks the official 586th birthday  for Riesling, the noble grape of Germany.  Two...

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    Gruyère
    Cheese of the Week:  Gruyère Gruyère (pronounced GREE yare) is an AOP raw milk Swiss cow's milk cheese with a great nutty flavor.  Produced in large, 70-80 pound wheels, this cooked curd and...

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  • 2-stage Wine Openers

    Two-Stage Wine Openers A decent corkscrew is vital when opening a bottle of wine. Without one, you run the risk of a cork crumbling, a bottle...

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    Point Reyes Blue
     
    Point Reyes Blue The Giacomini family are third generation dairy farmers and have had a presence in Point Reyes area for many decades.  Bob Giacomini began milking cows in 1959. Over...

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  • Jomain Bourgogne Blanc
    Jomain Bourgogne Blanc (Sustainable, following some Organic Practices - Lutte Raisonnée)
     
    If you're like me and love white Burgundy, you've been priced out of many of your...

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