5 Cheeses That Make Perfect Hostess Gifts

5 Cheeses That Make Perfect Hostess Gifts

Holiday parties are in full swing, and you’re going to need a perfect, no-fail hostess gift to tote along with you. Enter cheese, the gift that keeps on giving. There are two ways of gifting wedges and wheels: you can either bring it plated and ready-to-serve, or discreetly hand it over to your host for them to enjoy later.

We’ve rounded up a list of our top 5 cheeses that make perfect hostess gifts. Just pair them with one of our trusty cheese storage products to keep it fresh even after the party’s over.

  1. Rush Creek Reserve from Uplands Cheese

This bark-wrapped wheel from Wisconsin only comes around once a year, so stock up before it’s gone for the season. It’s as soft as frosting and tastes like bacon and pine. Pair with a Belgian bomber and our reusable cheese storage bags.

  1. Truffle Tremor from Cypress Grove

Nothing screams holiday indulgence like black truffles. We love how the tart, lemony flavors in this dense cheese really bring out the best of those aromatic flavors. Pair with a bottle of bubbles and a box of our cheese storage paper.

  1. Aged Gouda

Who can resist those crunchy crystals and notes of salted toffee? An aged gouda is always a total crowd-pleaser, and it’s sturdy enough to travel long distances. Add a bag of candied pecans and our cheese storage bags, which also make for a perfect travel companion.

  1. A Mini Wheel of Brie

Brie is a familiar, approachable cheese that goes with a variety of sweet and savory flavors. We especially like triple creams this time of year, like Mt Tam from Cowgirl Creamery. Splurge on a nice jar of preserves to go with the wheel and add a box of cheese storage papers to complete the set.

  1. Rogue River Blue from Rogue Creamery

This Oregon classic is another one of our seasonal favorites. It's a creamy blue that's wrapped in pear brandy-soaked Syrah leaves, imbuing the wheel with a delightful boozy character. Gift this one with our transparent biodegradable cheese storage sheets, so you can still see that pretty cheese even when it’s all wrapped up.

Questions about how to wrap your cheese? Check out our guide to forming the perfect French pleat.


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