Well, my name is Bob Galivan. I live in Miami, Florida, and I am a cheese fanatic. To put it mildly. I’ve always liked cheese, but in 2004, three events lit a fire that burns so very brightly today! First, my wife and I visited Napa/Sonoma. While there, we had the good fortune to have a friend familiar with the area lay out some wine-tasting activities for us, starting with a “nose” seminar at J Phelps Winery. That was a real eye-opener. During the weekend, we visited a number of wineries, and – the first seminal event – found a cheese show built inside an old wine vat, where we spent about an hour doing a cheese tasting of local cheeses.
Getting back to Miami, I looked around for a wine class to further my knowledge of wine. The tastings we went to were wonderful, and – since they were mostly Merlot – changed my opinion of that lowly wine. I found a class through Societa Dante Aligheri in Miami that I still attend. In addition to learning a lot about wines, the instructor also brought in a variety of very interesting cheeses. That was strike two. Finally, my wife and I visited Paris, and the Loire valley. That was the last straw, as the cheeses there were endlessly fascinating.
On coming back to Miami, I undertook to continue my education in wine, but more importantly, in cheese. I’ve attended the GREAT Cheese Boot Camp offered at Murray’s in New York (TWICE!), plus classes with Max McCalman, the ultimate cheese guru. Over the past few years, I have been devouring (ha ha) any and every reference on cheese that I can find, as well as tasting as many cheeses I could get my mouth on!
I find that writing about cheeses in this venue, and in my Examiner columns (Gables Wine Paring and Miami Cheese), as well as teaching cheese classes occasionally through the Dante, force me to explore this wonderful world in even more depth. I hope that you enjoy my postings about cheese and wine as much as I enjoy writing them!
And, if you’re wondering why there’s a squirrel in the photo, one of our “sidelines” in addition to my full time career as a Realtor, is rescuing squirrels! That’s a photo of Yoda, one of our most recent successes!