CHEESE 101

Selecting
Buying
Storing
Serving Amounts
How to Cut
How to Plate
Arranging a Board
Grating
About the Rind
Pairing Drinks



Selecting
We offer a bewildering array of fine cheeses. Don't be bewildered. Use this simple guide to mix and match. Try something new. Do you like Brie? Try one of its friends. Love mild blues? Try moving up the "bite" scale.

Choose contrasting flavors and textures. Mix it up. Hard and soft, mild and strong. Set spicy Roquefort against creamy, milky Brie. There are no rules. Pick and choose from our many categories, and use our flavor and texture ratings as your guide.

Mix up the milks. Cow's-milk, sheep's-milk, and goat's-milk cheeses each have unique, distinctive flavors and aromas. Try the burnt-sugar sweetness of sheep's-milk cheeses with the farmy tanginess of chèvre. Compare and contrast.

Consider the season. In the warmth of spring and the heat of summer, choose simple, lighter cheeses like fresh chèvres and simple Bries. In the cool fall and icy winter, choose hardier, heavier, more strongly flavored cheeses, like Cheddar and Gruyère.