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The 12 Cheeses You Need to Know to Build an Epic Board

A cheatsheet for entertaining this holiday season.

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If you’re throwing a party this holiday season, you want to get it started on the right foot. In our opinion, that requires an impressive array of cheese. But with myriad of styles to choose from (though the Trump tariffs may limit the selection a bit), we thought it would be helpful to better understand 12 of the most common varieties you’ll find. So we went looking for someone to guide us through the world of fromage.

Beth Ann Coulton lives cheese. As the long-time wholesale manager of Murray’s Cheese, she works with restaurants across the country to build cheese boards and lead staff trainings. We recently spoke with Coulton about the provenance, flavor profile and recommendations for these popular cheeses.

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