He has personally selected almost every item and they reflect his globe-hopping background and his incredibly high standards for both the restaurant and the shop.
When we asked about his perfectionism, he told us that he once read that airplanes have a 99% safety record. The implication (1% of planes are not safe) suggested to him that you must strive to be perfect all the time.
For the restaurant, he searches out the highest quality ingredients, many of which can be found in the shop, such as Puget olive oil from France.
Items that are hard to find elsewhere in Orange County are here in profusion, for example; Nueske's apple wood smoked bacon, Kobe style steaks, Kansas City beef and a selection of salamis and sausages including: blood sausage, Spanish chorizo and English bangers for those ex-patriot Brits longing for a taste of home. For their convenience, he amusingly stocks cans of Heinz 57 Baked Beans.
This international selection is an extension of his concept at the restaurant of bringing his patrons "global cuisine." Where else can you buy Armenian whole black walnut jam, Italian fruit mustard, wild violet jelly, authentic paella rice, Italian lavash crackers or goat butter?
Wines from the restaurant are available along with international beers and soft drinks. Terry thinks their coffee is the best in town. You can also buy it by the pound but prepare yourself for some sticker shock. There is a lovely selection of aromatic teas as well.
The pièce de résistance of this wonderful emporium is the cheese collection, displayed in a chilled room and presided over by the new cheese monger, Starr Cornwall, the woman responsible for the cheese program at the Montage.