While we have no qualms with Cabot, here’s a friendly reminder to look beyond those flavored blocks of cheddar in the souvenir shops. Vermont turns out some of the best cheeses in America, and you’d better taste some of it while you’re here. Thanks for listening to our TED talk—now, head to Dedalus’ cheese counter for what might just be the best selection in the state.
This is fundamentally a wine shop, though, and you’ll find a lot more than Vermont products on its shelves. In addition to a selection of obscure natural wines so vast and well-curated you’ll be tempted to fill a case (and get 10 percent off!), the shop stocks small-batch cheeses, cured meats, and groceries made in tiny European villages. You can sit down and sample them in the wine bar, where every snack feels like a revelatory tasting experience. Order a whole wheel of Le Pommier camembert, a salami made with Vermont’s Alpha Tolman cheese, or a plate of boquerones—plus a bottle of wine, of course—and make a meal out of it.