From Murray's Cheese and Cowgirl Creamery to Barthelemy and beyond, these are the nine best cheese shops in the world.
As with wineries and distilleries, artisan cheeses are best appreciated where they are made. We enjoyed seeking out local Vermont dairies on our trip.
Made from sheep's milk, Pecorino di Pienza -- named for the town 35 miles southeast of Siena -- is widely considered to be the best in Italy.
The remarkable variety of local cheeses and cheese-based dishes is one of the great pleasures of dining in the French Alps. Reblochon is the most emblematic of Savoyard cheeses. Beaufort is a nutty hard cheese -- similar to Gruyere, but without the holes -- made with raw cow's milk from high-altitude farms.