There are several types of cheese that take center stage over the festive season, whether on platters or in culinary preparations. Fresh goat’s cheese is a particularly popular choice, thanks to its creamy texture and versatility, bringing a delightful touch to a range of holiday dishes, including salads and spreads, while also working well as a standalone appetizer. Renowned hard cheeses are other popular additions to a festive table. Comté reigns supreme, with its nutty and complex ﬂavors, followed by varieties known for their exceptional aging qualities, such as large wheel cheeses.
During the holiday festivities, a glass of dry champagne, with its effervescent sparkle and refreshing, crisp and slightly yeasty notes, is a natural choice to accompany a cheese platter. Fortiﬁed wines, such as port and sherry, are also stars of the season, complementing hard-crusted cheeses and the bold character of blue varieties.
Flavored and scented cheeses are talking points this festive season. Producers and affineurs have been experimenting with unique and enticing combinations, resulting in cheeses infused with ﬂavors like chili or scented with spruce. Truffle-infused cheeses are proving popular as well, providing a touch of luxury with their earthy and aromatic notes. The rising interest in cheeses like Saint-Marcellin infused with caviar, for example, also reﬂects broader demand for innovative and extravagant varieties among connoisseurs. The result is plenty of exciting ﬂavors to explore and savor over the holidays and beyond.