As we celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day this January 20, there’s simply no better time to enjoy our favorite cheese! From semi-hard gouda, soft brie to crowd favorites like cheddar!

Meant to celebrate the discovery and cultural importance of cheese, National Cheese Lover’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in your all-time favorites and try new flavors. We have the perfect selection for you!

To help you make the most of this day, here are 8 of the best cheeses in the world from Fresh Direct, as well as five of the best charcuterie boards to serve your favorite meat and cheese. 

Best Cheeses and Charcuterie Boards 2022

1. Le Fromager d’Affinois

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Mild and buttery, Le Fromager d’Affinois owes its rich taste to ultra-filtration. Made from soft-ripened,  pasteurized cow’s milk, this French cheese is light, smooth and silkier than competing brands in the market. 

2. Carles Roquefort AOP

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If you love blue cheese, treat yourself to Carles Roquefort AOP. Making use of unpasteurized milk from the village of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, this blue-veined, semi-soft cheese is crumbly, moist and a bit pungent. It also has hints of fruitiness and is very well-balanced with a deep and lingering finish.

3. Grafton Village Cheese Company Cheddar

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Handmade in Vermont and aged for two years, the Grafton Village Cheese Company Cheddar features a mature and dense flavor with a creamy texture. With buttery notes and a bold, sharp tang, cheddar lovers must try it. It is best paired with fruit and wine.

4. Greek Feta

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Pungent and salty, Greek Feta is a feast for the senses. Aside from its complex flavor, this cheese crumbles into tender bits that melt well and tastes like aged cottage cheese for a taste that’s hard to forget.

5. Beemster Classic Gouda, Aged 18 Months

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If you want to taste genuine artisan Dutch cheese, then Beemster’s Classic Gouda is a good choice. Aged for 18 months and made with traditional methods, it features a rich and creamy texture with a light caramel color. With notes of toasted walnuts and a brown-butter finish, this cheese is simply one of the best.

6. 1655 Cave-Aged Gruyère

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This aged Gruyère cheese is firm, dense and slightly flaky. Aged for at least a year, it has a balance of salty and sweet, finished with notes of mushrooms, hay, earth and fruit. Enjoy it with a glass of your favorite red wine.

7. Manchego Mitica DOP, Three-Month Aged

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Made from sheep’s milk and aged for at least three months, this Manchego cheese is an artisan cheese famous for its delicate balance of buttery, tart, sweet and nutty tastes. Pair it with some wine, crusty bread and crackers for a delightful combination.

8. Parmigiano-Reggiano DOP, Aged 2 Years

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Delicious and full-flavored, the Parmigiano-Reggiano is one of the most famous cheeses in the world. Intense in both aroma and taste, this classic cheese has the perfect balance of sweet and savory, making it the perfect addition to any charcuterie board.

9. Harry and David Personalized Maple Charcuterie Board

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Enjoy a personal touch to your charcuterie board with this personalized board from Harry and David. Measuring 12”W and 17”L and made from North American Hardwood, this board is preserved with mineral oil to stop it from drying out. It comes with grip handles for easy serving, as well as two personalized lines.

10. Harry and David Personalized Bamboo Charcuterie Board

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A simpler variation of Harry and David’s personalized charcuterie board, this one is made from bamboo and has cutouts on the bottom for easier carrying. You can also personalize it with two lines of text, while its large size provides you with enough space for a good selection of meat and cheese.

11. Harry and David Cheese Board with 6 Picks, Silver Grapes

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For something a bit more luxurious, go for this Cheese Board. On top of its generous space made from bamboo wood, it also comes with six picks and two silver grape handles for easier handling and presentation.

12. Harry and David Personalized Puzzle Piece Cutting Board Set

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Add some whimsy to your charcuterie with this puzzle piece-themed charcuterie board set from Harry and David. Made from polished maple wood, these cutting boards can be personalized and pieced together like a traditional puzzle for more space for your food.

13. Harry and David Death Star Circo Cheese Board & Tools Set

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Star Wars lovers unite! You might not be able to defeat the Galactic Empire, but you may show your love for your favorite film franchise with this Death Star-themed charcuterie board. It also comes with a steel cutting set.