Saturday, January 26, 2008

Glen Ellen: Jack London Village

We were enjoying Glen Ellen today and stopped in to check out the Jack London Village. It is an interesting building that was originally General Vallejo's saw mill, but has been converted into a collection of gourmet shops. We had time to go into two of them, but next time we will definitely go in and enjoy the rest.

First, we went into Raymond and Co. Cheesemongers and had a delightful experience tasting about ten different cheeses from all over the country.

The cheesemonger on staff was very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. We tried cow, sheep and goat cheeses. Our favorites included the San Joaquin Gold 18 month cheddar, Sally Jackson Sheep Tomme, and the Crater Lake Gorgonzola. You can click on this picture to enlarge it and see what else was on the menu.

You can find out more about them at or give them a call at (707) 938-9911

They are open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed.-Sun

Next, we walked over to Wine Country Chocolates and were overwhelmed with chocolaty goodness. Not sure if that is the technical term, but it is what is is, so just deal with it... the chocolate experience was that good!

We haven't been to that many chocolate places with a tasting room, so this was a tasty surprise.

They let us try the ganache that goes inside the truffles, and then chunks of chocolate ranging from 35% milk chocolate up to a deep, dark 80%. That day, they were sampling the filling from thier Cabernet Savingon truffle which was just incredible. Of course, we had to purchase a few of the finished product and I can honestly say that they are some of the very best chocloate truffles that I have ever had.

You can find out more about Wine Country Chocolates here:

Or give them a call at (707) 996-1010, They are open 10 am to 5 pm daily.

Jack London Village is located at 14301 Arnold Dr.Glen Ellen, Ca. 95442

And here is a map in case you get lost:

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