The Cheeses You've Never Heard Of (But Should Try Immediately)
Garrett McCord has done his research, and polled a few notable cheesemongers to find out what their favorite "unsung hero" cheeses are. In other words, the cheeses that nobody is buying, or the ones that people just don't know about, but should. He's assembled his results here:
Doralice Handal, owner of The Cheese Shop in Healdsburg, California, had only too much to say about a few certain cheeses. Handal took over the shop seven years ago when the previous owner sold it. Through entrepreneurial panache and a keen eye for expanding cheese into a variety of new markets such as wholesaling to wineries and hotels, getting a wine license, and engaging locals and tourists through events and tastings The Cheese Shop has cultured itself as the cheese center of California wine country.
Handal has a discerning palate for her shop, "I only carry cheeses that represent artisan or farmstead dairies, and many of the cheesemakers I know or have personally worked with. If I can't endorse it, it's not coming in here."