Gift Guide 2017: Cheese

Finding gifts for the holidays can be a tiny bit stressful. So we’re here to help with our co-op gift guides!

In this edition, we’re focusing on cheeses. These are all hand-picked by our resident cheese specialist.

Blue Cheeses

1. Big Woods Blue, Shepherds Way Farms

This is a Minnesota-made sheep’s milk cheese with a complex flavor.cheese holiday guide

2. Glacier Blue, Carr Valley Cheese

Glacier is a Penta Creme (meaning 5 cream) decadent Wisconsin cheese.

These pair well with:

  • Fine local honey
  • Fig jam
  • Wheat bread
  • Port Wine
  • Cab Sauvignon

Soft Cheeses

3. Belloux Cheese, Yellow Door Creamery

The name of this cheese translates to “little belly” and has a sweet and milky flavoring.

4. St. Stephen, Four Fat Fowl

This is a triple cream, soft-ripened cheese that is also locally-sourced, small batch and all-natural.

These pair well with:

  • Dry white wine
  • Strawberries
  • Fruit
  • Pinot Noir

Gouda Cheeses

5. Jeff’s Select, Caves of Faribault

The cayenne rub on this cheese gives it a great nutty flavor. Plus the story of how this cheesemaker cave finishes its cheeses in Minnesota is pretty fascinating.

6. Farmer’s Choice, Beemster Cheese

Beemster Cheese is aged and from Holland. It has a rich flavor and finishes tangy.

These pair well with:

  • Riesling Wine
  • Merlot
  • Toasted Almonds

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Cheddar Cheeses

7. Cranberry White Cheddar Cheese, Maple Leaf Cheese

This Wisconsin cheese evokes the feeling of the season with cranberry pieces.

8. Vat 17, Deer Creek

Another Wisconsin cheese, Vat 17 is tart and sweet. What makes this cheese unique is the vision behind its creation. “The creation of this unique cheese began as a quest to capture the best flavor attributes from Cheddars around the world, and blend them into one unique cheese,”-Deer Creek website.

These pair well with:

  • Local Apples
  • Pale ales
  • Riesling Wine

Bonus

9. Parmigiano-Reggiano

It’s hard to go wrong with this cheese. This particular kind of cheese comes from Italy and can only be called Parmigiano-Reggiano if it comes from specific regions.

This pairs well with:

  • Raisins
  • Salon Blanc
  • Riesling Wine

Visit the cheese department in our store to find all of these holiday cheese picks!

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