Wine goes especially well with cheese


Winery owner makes plunge into Arkansas’ burgeoning cheese industry

Margie Raimondo is about to be able to ask her customers if they want cheese with her vintage wines. The owner of Raimondo’s Winery in Mountain Home bought Kent Walker Artisan Cheese in Little Rock, Raimondo told Talk Business & Politics.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. It took Raimondo less than 72 hours to make an offer for the business, after she learned from a friend it was for sale, she said.

“I’m always looking for opportunities … this just felt right,” she said.


Kent Walker started one of the first cheese manufacturing businesses in the state in 2011. Walker was instrumental in developing the regulations and standards used by the state to ensure food safety with cheese manufacturing.

The “cheese factory” is located on Cross Street near the capitol. Raimondo decided to close the business until the first of June to remodel and rebrand, she said. The company has at least 100 wholesale and commercial clients, including Whole Foods. Raimondo said she plans an aggressive expansion into… Read more here…

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