Cheeses You’ll Definitely Want on Your Cheese Board Klare Melk Truffle Gouda  Esquirrou Petit Ossau-Iraty Kaltbach Cave-Aged Le Gruyère Vermont Creamery Bijou Hervé Mons Camembert Neal’s Yard Dairy Keen’s Cheddar Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog Uplands Cheese Pleasant Ridge Reserve Saxon Creamery Hika Bay Rogue Creamery Organic Enraptured Blue Mitica Mini Drunken Goat The Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm Willoughby, Kombucha Washed

The 12 Cheeses You’ll Definitely Want on Your Cheese Board

Cheeses You’ll Definitely Want on Your Cheese Board

What’s the best way to celebrate the holiday season? Cheese, of course. And from December 12 – 23, you’ll be able to save 50% on a different cheese daily.* (Prime members get an extra 10% off.) From funky to mild, creamy to crumbly, these cheeses aren’t just any cheeses; we searched the world to find them. Read on to learn more about each one of them — plus, what to pair with them. It’s time to unleash your inner cheese nerd.


Here’s a tip for even better cheese: Unwrap your cheese about an hour before serving to bring out flavors and aromatics.

Klare Melk Truffle Gouda

December 12: Klare Melk Truffle Gouda


A rich, flavorful semi-firm cheese from Holland. Velvety notes of sweet cream and butter, generously laced with earthy truffles.


Wine: Bench Pinot Noir
Beer: North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Cracker: Rustic Bakery Organic Olive Oil & Sel Gris Sourdough Flatbread
Also goes well with: Savannah Bee Co. Honey for Cheese

 Esquirrou Petit Ossau-Iraty

December 13: Esquirrou Petit Ossau-Iraty


The 2018 World Champion Cheese. A semi-firm sheep’s milk wonder — rich, nutty with aromas of fresh wheat.


Wine: Jacques Bardelot Champagne Brut Rosé
Beer: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Cracker: 34 Degrees Crackers
Also goes well with: Dalmatia Organic Fig Spread

Kaltbach Cave-Aged Le Gruyère

December 14: Kaltbach Cave-Aged Le Gruyère


A firm, almost crumbly alpine cheese from Switzerland. Robust, deeply flavored, with tangy fruit notes and classic nuttiness. Aged in sandstone caves.


Wine: Oyster Bay Rosé
Beer: New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale
Cracker: Lesley Stowe Hazelnut Cocoa Raincoast Crisps
Also goes well with: Madécasse Organic 70% Dark Chocolate Discs

Vermont Creamery Bijou

December 15: Vermont Creamery Bijou


A gem of a fresh cheese from Vermont. Creamy with unique sweetness from goat’s milk and a hint of yeast. Flavors evolve as it ages — excellent at 30 days.


Wine: Paul Buisse Touraine Sauvignon Blanc
Beer: Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont
Cracker: 34 Degrees Crackers
Also goes well with: Bonnie’s Red Pepper Jelly

Hervé Mons Camembert

December 16: Hervé Mons Camembert


A classic from Normandy, aged to perfection by a third-generation affineur. Full-flavored, creamy and earthy with mushroom overtones. Only found at Whole Foods Market.


Wine: Jacques Bardelot Champagne Brut
Beer: Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout
Cracker: 34 Degrees Cracker
Also goes well with: Mitica Fig and Almond Cake

Neal’s Yard Dairy Keen’s Cheddar

December 17: Neal’s Yard Dairy Keen’s Cheddar


This is a true Cheddar (actually from Cheddar Gorge, England) produced with raw milk. Dense, yet creamy with complex flavors ranging from fruity to mustardy. Five generations of cheesemaking = yes, please.


Wine: Château Miqueu Haut-Médoc
Beer: Samuel Smith India Pale Ale
Cracker: Rustic Bakery Organic Sweet Onion & Crème Fraîche Sourdough Flatbread
Also goes well with: La Quercia Speck Americano (smoked prosciutto)

Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog

December 18: Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog


A goat’s milk soft-ripened original from California. Floral, herbaceous overtones, buttermilk, fresh cream flavors. Beautiful ribbon of edible ash through the center.


Wine: Grace Hale Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc
Beer: Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
Cracker: Lesley Stowe Apricot Fig Lemon Raincoast Crisps
Also goes well with: Bonnie’s Jams Cranberry Cherry Cabernet Jam

Uplands Cheese Pleasant Ridge Reserve

December 19: Uplands Cheese Pleasant Ridge Reserve


A cow’s milk alpine-style cheese from Wisconsin. Washing in brine brings out a brothy sweetness. Flavors range from grassy to butterscotch and fruit. Made only from May to October, when the grass-fed milk is best.


Wine: Domaine Chanson Vire-Clesse
Beer: North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
Cracker: 34 Degrees Crackers
Also goes well with: Principe Prosciutto

Saxon Creamery Hika Bay

December 20: Saxon Creamery Hika Bay


This semi-soft, Gouda-style cheese from Wisconsin was awarded Best In Class at the 2018 World Cheese Championships. Smooth, creamy, buttery. Lovely fruit notes. Made exclusively for Whole Foods Market.


Wine: Bread & Butter Chardonnay
Beer: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
Cracker: 34 Degrees Crackers
Also goes well with: Bonnie’s Jams Bourbon Berry Jam

Rogue Creamery Organic Enraptured Blue

December 21: Rogue Creamery Organic Enraptured Blue


An organic blue cheese from Oregon. Soaking in a blend of organic grapes brings out rich, buttery notes of currants and berries. Earthy, herbaceous undertones. Savory finish. One of the few organic blues in the world from one of the best artisan producers in the United States. Whole Foods Market exclusive!


Wine: 5th & Bowie Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
Beer: Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Cracker: La Panzanella Mini Original Croccantini
Also goes well with: Mitica Acacia Honey

Mitica Mini Drunken Goat

December 22: Mitica Mini Drunken Goat


A semi-firm goat’s milk cheese from Spain that’s nutty and aromatic. A three-day bath in Mourvèdre wine adds complexity and balances the mild creaminess.


Wine: Bodini Cielo Rojo
Beer: Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale
Cracker: La Panzanella Croccantini Original Mini crackers
Also goes well with: Hu Kitchen Vanilla Quinoa Qrispy Dark Chocolate

The Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm Willoughby, Kombucha Washed

December 23: The Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm Willoughby, Kombucha Washed


Soft-ripened, succulent and buttery. Aromas of roast beef and onion. The first and only kombucha-washed cheese in the world. Washing with kombucha brings out herb and peach flavors in the finish. Made exclusively for Whole Foods Market.


Wine: G.D. Vajra Barbera d’Alba
Beer: New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA
Cracker: La Panzanella Mini Original Croccantini
Also goes well with: Gusto Organic Genoa Salame

 

*12/12–12/23/18. Save 50% on a different cheese every day. Prime members get an extra 10% off. No rain checks. Discount taken at register. While supplies last. Quantities limited.

 

What’s the best way to celebrate the holiday season? Cheese, of course. And from December 12 – 23, you’ll be able to save 50% on a different cheese daily.* (Prime members get an extra 10% off.) From funky to mild, creamy to crumbly, these cheeses aren’t just any cheeses; we searched the world to find them. Read on to learn more about each one of them — plus, what to pair with them. It’s time to unleash your inner cheese nerd.


Here’s a tip for even better cheese: Unwrap your cheese about an hour before serving to bring out flavors and aromatics.

What’s the best way to celebrate the holiday season? Cheese, of course. And from December 12 – 23, you’ll be able to save 50% on a different cheese daily.* (Prime members get an extra 10% off.) From funky to mild, creamy to crumbly, these cheeses aren’t just any cheeses; we searched the world to find them. Read on to learn more about each one of them — plus, what to pair with them. It’s time to unleash your inner cheese nerd.


Here’s a tip for even better cheese: Unwrap your cheese about an hour before serving to bring out flavors and aromatics.

December 12: Klare Melk Truffle Gouda


A rich, flavorful semi-firm cheese from Holland. Velvety notes of sweet cream and butter, generously laced with earthy truffles.


Wine: Bench Pinot Noir
Beer: North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Cracker: Rustic Bakery Organic Olive Oil & Sel Gris Sourdough Flatbread
Also goes well with: Savannah Bee Co. Honey for Cheese

December 13: Esquirrou Petit Ossau-Iraty


The 2018 World Champion Cheese. A semi-firm sheep’s milk wonder — rich, nutty with aromas of fresh wheat.


Wine: Jacques Bardelot Champagne Brut Rosé
Beer: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Cracker: 34 Degrees Crackers
Also goes well with: Dalmatia Organic Fig Spread

December 14: Kaltbach Cave-Aged Le Gruyère


A firm, almost crumbly alpine cheese from Switzerland. Robust, deeply flavored, with tangy fruit notes and classic nuttiness. Aged in sandstone caves.


Wine: Oyster Bay Rosé
Beer: New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale
Cracker: Lesley Stowe Hazelnut Cocoa Raincoast Crisps
Also goes well with: Madécasse Organic 70% Dark Chocolate Discs

December 15: Vermont Creamery Bijou


A gem of a fresh cheese from Vermont. Creamy with unique sweetness from goat’s milk and a hint of yeast. Flavors evolve as it ages — excellent at 30 days.


Wine: Paul Buisse Touraine Sauvignon Blanc
Beer: Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont
Cracker: 34 Degrees Crackers
Also goes well with: Bonnie’s Red Pepper Jelly

December 16: Hervé Mons Camembert


A classic from Normandy, aged to perfection by a third-generation affineur. Full-flavored, creamy and earthy with mushroom overtones. Only found at Whole Foods Market.


Wine: Jacques Bardelot Champagne Brut
Beer: Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout
Cracker: 34 Degrees Cracker
Also goes well with: Mitica Fig and Almond Cake

December 17: Neal’s Yard Dairy Keen’s Cheddar


This is a true Cheddar (actually from Cheddar Gorge, England) produced with raw milk. Dense, yet creamy with complex flavors ranging from fruity to mustardy. Five generations of cheesemaking = yes, please.


Wine: Château Miqueu Haut-Médoc
Beer: Samuel Smith India Pale Ale
Cracker: Rustic Bakery Organic Sweet Onion & Crème Fraîche Sourdough Flatbread
Also goes well with: La Quercia Speck Americano (smoked prosciutto)

December 18: Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog


A goat’s milk soft-ripened original from California. Floral, herbaceous overtones, buttermilk, fresh cream flavors. Beautiful ribbon of edible ash through the center.


Wine: Grace Hale Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc
Beer: Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
Cracker: Lesley Stowe Apricot Fig Lemon Raincoast Crisps
Also goes well with: Bonnie’s Jams Cranberry Cherry Cabernet Jam

December 19: Uplands Cheese Pleasant Ridge Reserve


A cow’s milk alpine-style cheese from Wisconsin. Washing in brine brings out a brothy sweetness. Flavors range from grassy to butterscotch and fruit. Made only from May to October, when the grass-fed milk is best.


Wine: Domaine Chanson Vire-Clesse
Beer: North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
Cracker: 34 Degrees Crackers
Also goes well with: Principe Prosciutto

December 20: Saxon Creamery Hika Bay


This semi-soft, Gouda-style cheese from Wisconsin was awarded Best In Class at the 2018 World Cheese Championships. Smooth, creamy, buttery. Lovely fruit notes. Made exclusively for Whole Foods Market.


Wine: Bread & Butter Chardonnay
Beer: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
Cracker: 34 Degrees Crackers
Also goes well with: Bonnie’s Jams Bourbon Berry Jam

December 21: Rogue Creamery Organic Enraptured Blue


An organic blue cheese from Oregon. Soaking in a blend of organic grapes brings out rich, buttery notes of currants and berries. Earthy, herbaceous undertones. Savory finish. One of the few organic blues in the world from one of the best artisan producers in the United States. Whole Foods Market exclusive!


Wine: 5th & Bowie Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
Beer: Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Cracker: La Panzanella Mini Original Croccantini
Also goes well with: Mitica Acacia Honey

December 22: Mitica Mini Drunken Goat


A semi-firm goat’s milk cheese from Spain that’s nutty and aromatic. A three-day bath in Mourvèdre wine adds complexity and balances the mild creaminess.


Wine: Bodini Cielo Rojo
Beer: Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale
Cracker: La Panzanella Croccantini Original Mini crackers
Also goes well with: Hu Kitchen Vanilla Quinoa Qrispy Dark Chocolate

December 23: The Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm Willoughby, Kombucha Washed


Soft-ripened, succulent and buttery. Aromas of roast beef and onion. The first and only kombucha-washed cheese in the world. Washing with kombucha brings out herb and peach flavors in the finish. Made exclusively for Whole Foods Market.


Wine: G.D. Vajra Barbera d’Alba
Beer: New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA
Cracker: La Panzanella Mini Original Croccantini
Also goes well with: Gusto Organic Genoa Salame

 

*12/12–12/23/18. Save 50% on a different cheese every day. Prime members get an extra 10% off. No rain checks. Discount taken at register. While supplies last. Quantities limited.