12 Days of Cheese: Must-Have Picks for the Holidays

Try these unique and truly delicious cheeses, just in time for the holidays.

Holiday cheese board with accoutrements and wines

It’s the 12 Days of Cheese — the once-a-year chance for huge savings on passionately sourced cheeses to enrich your epic holiday gatherings. From buttery smooth to aged and nutty, check out our must-have cheeses for the season. Ready to stock up? Stop by the Cheese department in your nearest Whole Foods Market store or Prime members can shop online with pickup or delivery.

Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.

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 Cheese

1. Klare Melk Truffle Gouda

Exclusively for Whole Foods Market, Dutch Cheese Makers has crafted an exquisite, rich and flavorful raw-milk Gouda that’s generously laced with truffles. Its unmatched flavor features decadent, velvety notes of sweet cream and butter blend with the truffles’ earthy aromatics.

Pair it with:

  • Cracker: 34 Degrees Crisps

  • Accoutrement: Savannah Bee Co. Acacia Raw Honeycomb

  • Charcuterie: Applegate Organic Genoa Salami

  • Wine: Salchetto Vino Nobile

  • Beer: Founders Porter

Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese

Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve

A favorite with customers and cheesemongers alike, this aged, alpine-style cheese is always a delightful experience. Its semi-firm texture provides the right mouthfeel to support a complex flavor profile of fresh milk, nuts and grass.

Pair it with:

  • Cracker: Rustic Bakery Organic Black Sesame Flatbread

  • Accoutrement: Bonnie’s Jams Bourbon Berry Conserve

  • Charcuterie: Gusto Genoa Salami

  • Wine: Criterion Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

  • Beer: Lindemans Framboise

Neal’s Yard Dairy Keen’s Cheddar cheese

3. Neal’s Yard Dairy Keen’s Cheddar

Since 1899, the Keen family has been perfecting their farmstead, raw-milk cheddar on the picturesque Moorhayes Farm in Somerset, England. This rich cheese is dense, yet creamy. It comes hand-bandaged and larded. Sure to be a hit on any cheese plate.

Pair it with:

  • Cracker: Rustic Bakery Organic Black Sesame Flatbread

  • Accoutrement: Bonnie’s Jams Bourbon Berry Conserve

  • Charcuterie: Gusto Genoa Salami

  • Wine: Château Rousset-Caillau Bordeaux Supérieur

  • Beer: Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA

Cellars at Jasper Hill Gin Washed Harbison cheese

4. Cellars at Jasper Hill Gin Washed Harbison

A lot goes into preparing this award-winning, best-in-class cheese that you’ll only find at Whole Foods Market. For example, the bark it’s packaged in is soaked in spent juniper from gin production. This helps give the soft-ripened cheese a woodsy and sweet flavor profile with balanced tones of mustard, citrus and vegetal finish. Perfect for entertaining.

Pair it with:

  • Cracker: La Panzanella Croccanti

  • Accoutrement: Mitica Caramelized Pecans

  • Charcuterie: La Quercia Prosciutto

  • Wine: Rombauer Chardonnay

  • Beer: Woodchuck Mimosa Cider

Quadrello di Bufala cheese

5. Quadrello di Bufala

This beautiful washed-rind cheese is made from creamy, open textured water buffalo milk. The flavor presents as slightly sweet with refreshing grassiness and balanced saltiness. It may show a pink or oatmeal color near the rind, adding to its elegance. Produced in Italy.

Pair it with:

  • Cracker: La Panzanella Croccanti

  • Accoutrement: Savannah Bee Co. Acacia Raw Honeycomb

  • Charcuterie: Principe San Daniele Prosciutto

  • Wine: Romerhof Riesling

  • Beer: Saison Dupont

Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog cheese

6. Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog

Behold the artisan cheese that led the way for soft-ripened goat cheese in America. Savor the buttermilk and fresh cream, complemented with floral notes, herbaceous overtones and a clean citrus finish. The flavor of Humboldt Fog continues to intensify as it matures — a dream come true.

Pair it with:

  • Cracker: La Panzanella Croccanti

  • Accoutrement: Dalmatia Imports Organic Fig Spread

  • Charcuterie: Principe San Daniele Prosciutto

  • Wine: Criterion New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

  • Beer: Allagash White

MonS Mary dans les Étoiles cheese

7. MonS Mary dans les Étoiles

Get festive with this Whole Foods Market exclusive goat cheese that goes big on rich, earthy aroma and bright flavors of fresh grass and tangy citrus. That’s not all, though. This soft-ripened Chabichou-style cheese is coated in ash with a delightful geotrichum rind. Produced in France.

Pair it with:

  • Cracker: 34 Degrees Crisps

  • Accoutrement: Dalmatia Imports Organic Sour Cherry Spread

  • Charcuterie: Applegate Organic Genoa Salami

  • Wine: McBride Sisters Red Blend

  • Beer: Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA

Rogue Creamery Enraptured Cherries Jubilee cheese

8. Rogue Creamery Enraptured Cherries Jubilee

Created exclusively for Whole Foods Market from cheesemarker David Gremmels of international award-winning Rogue Creamery. You’ll want to round out your cheese plate with this unique, flavorful blue cheese made with organic wine-soaked cherries. Rich and buttery with notes of berry and currants.

Pair it with:

  • Cracker: La Panzanella Croccanti

  • Accoutrement: Mitica Caramelized Pecans

  • Charcuterie: Applegate Organic Genoa Salami

  • Wine: De Chanceny Rosé

  • Beer: Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout

Corcuera Campo de Montalban cheese

9. Corcuera Campo de Montalban

The Corcuera family has artfully created a high-quality, semi-firm cheese by dedicating both sheep and goat’s milk to its production. It’s aged for 100 days, resulting in a mild and smooth flavor, with notes of nuts and a balanced acidity.

Pair it with:

  • Cracker: Rustic Bakery Organic Black Sesame Flatbread

  • Accoutrement: Dalmatia Imports Organic Sour Cherry Spread

  • Charcuterie: Gusto Genoa Salami

  • Wine: Bodegas Lan Rioja

  • Kombucha: JuneShine Blood Orange Mint Hard Kombucha

Cowgirl Creamery Organic Mt Tam cheese

10. Cowgirl Creamery Organic Mt Tam

Celebrate the season with all the lusciousness you expect from a triple cream cheese, with a unique core that upholds its texture. It’s like Brie’s quirky Californian cousin, with flavors of salted butter, cream and white mushrooms. Savory and satisfying every time.

Pair it with:

  • Cracker: 34 Degrees Crisps

  • Accoutrement: Dalmatia Imports Organic Fig Spread

  • Charcuterie: La Quercia Prosciutto

  • Wine: Jacques Bardelot Brut

  • Beer: Bitburger Pilsner

Agour Ossau-Iraty PDO

11. Agour Ossau-Iraty PDO

Twice awarded Best Cheese in the World at the 2006 and 2011 World Cheese Awards. Will its smooth, semi-firm texture and buttery flavor with a black olive and hazelnut finish win over your party guests as well? We’re guessing it absolutely will. Produced in France.

Pair it with:

  • Cracker: 34 Degrees Crisps

  • Accoutrement: Dalmatia Imports Organic Sour Cherry Spread

  • Charcuterie: Applegate Organic Genoa Salami

  • Wine: McBride Sisters Red Blend

  • Beer: Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA

Kaltbach Cave-Aged Le Gruyère AOP cheese

12. Kaltbach Cave-Aged Le Gruyère AOP

We had to finish this with a showstopper. It features silo-free raw cow’s milk aged in the sandstone caves of Kaltbach. Let that sink in for a moment. Then take a bite and sink into its deeply full-flavored notes of tangy fruit and classic nuttiness. AOP Swiss perfection that’s sure to impress.

Pair it with:

  • Cracker: La Panzanella Croccanti

  • Accoutrement: Bonnie’s Jams Bourbon Berry Conserve

  • Charcuterie: Gusto Genoa Salami

  • Wine: Château Rousset-Caillau Bordeaux Supérieur

  • Beer: Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA

Must be 21+. Please drink responsibly.

*Valid 12/26–12/31/21. Selection varies by location. Discount applied at register. Offer valid for select cheeses as marked only. Ask a team member for more details. While supplies last. Quantity limits apply. Quantities limited. No rain checks except where required by law. Must identify as a Prime member to receive Prime member discount.

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