Have you ever tasted the zip in a Vintage Cheddar that was aged two years or the silky texture of a triple cream St. André? Our award winning Cheese department features the finest cheeses from around the globe and here at home. Our knowledgeable team members are ready to guide you on your own cheese adventure with selections for beginners and experienced cheese enthusiasts.
McGinnis Sisters features the largest selection of local farmstead cheeses in Pittsburgh! A bit of the farm is found in each bite and every cheese offers clues about the personality of the cheesemaker. These distinctive cheeses further connect us to local family farms and deepen our appreciation for our region’s rich landscape.
Raw milk cheeses are aged at least 60 days to eliminate bacteria and then are shipped directly to our store. Once the limited supply is gone we must wait another 60 days for a new supply as each batch is hand crafted the old fashion way.
For easy entertaining try our fool proof method and think of your plate as a clock. The noon position should be the mildest choice. We suggest Brie, St. André or Fresh Asiago. The three o' clock position is a bit bolder. Try the cow, sheep, and goat milk blend Don Quixote, a Gouda or Erin Gold Irish cheese. In the six o'clock position the flavors become exciting. Pick any of our two year Aged Cheddars, Cambozola Blue Brie or Applewood Smoked Cheddar.
The nine o'clock position is not for the timid. We suggest Parrano, Beemster, Old Amsterdam or Aged Asiago. Now the fun begins! Fill in the gaps with accompaniments like caramelized walnuts, Marcona Almonds from Spain, local honey, or Rothchild Balsamic Onion Spread. Purchase about two ounces a person of each cheese if you are serving your cheeseboard as an appetizer. Select one ounce of each cheese per person if you are serving an after dinner cheese course.
Once you are comfortable with cheese basics add some variety to your cheeseboard. Select a theme by offering cheeses from one country. Try a cheeseboard that is filled with cheeses that are all American, all French, or all Italian. Dive deeper into the world of cheese by making your selection from one type of cheese. Cheddars and blue-veined cheeses offer a great variety. A selection of Maytag, Gorgonzola, Roquefort and Stilton will have your cheeseboard singing the Blues!
Not sure which condiments make the perfect partner to your favorite cheese? For aged cheddars chutney or jellies work best. A red-pepper jelly will provide a bright contrast of sweetness to the savory cheese.
For fresh goat cheese, which is already tangy and delicious, choose a citrus olive oil and a sprinkle of black pepper. Aged Manchego is always delicious with honey and almond but don't forget quince paste. Quince paste is similar to a thick jam and is slightly sweet.
Soft-ripened cheeses such as Camembert or Brie are wonderful with pears. Asian pears make an especially delicious pairing. the sweet crunch of the pear cuts through the richness of the cheese creating a perfect balance. Pungent Blues are easily to paired with local honey, dried figs or a few walnuts.