Pleasant Ridge Reserve I very easily could have made this a "Mountain Cheese" mention. Instead, it's worth bringing a bit of attention to a superlative version made in Wisconsin, modeled after Beaufort, the Old World classic. Nutty, sweet, and deep, with a dynamic finish redolent of wood, meat, and brown sugar. If you love Gruyere and the like, this cheese will pretty much change your life.
Everyone knows about "goat cheese," a.k.a. "chèvre." It's white, it's crumbly, and it's always showing up on beet salad thanks to northern California cooks in the '80s. But it's only the beginning of the goat cheese story. Here are 10 others worth your time.