Cheese is one of the greatest foods ever. Its perfect for anything, but I especially love it as an appetizer. Surdyk's, my local cheese & wine shop in Minneapolis, helped me pick out great tasting cheeses for beginner, intermediate, and advanced cheese lovers.
Beginner: The cheesemonger at Surdyk's recommended something soft, like a buttery goat cheese or a French triple cream brie.
Intermediate: A Spanish Manchego was up for the intermediate food taster - made from raw sheep's milk, it had a distinct salty flavor that would pair well with every kind of fruit spread imaginable as well as a garnish on main dishes.
Advanced: Surkyk's recommended something with a complex flavor, like this Swiss Gruyere. The cheesemonger liked serving something with a mushroom-y flavor to the advanced cheese taster. It was smooth, strong, and memorable.
Would you host a wine and cheese tasting party? What type of cheese do you typically go for?