Next time you need presents for a birthday, anniversary, or the holidays, remember these three words: artisan cheese gifts. Think about it: who wouldn't want a buttery block of brick cheese for their birthday? Or an extra-aged asiago on their anniversary? Or a horseradish havarti for the holidays? Artisan cheese gifts are the perfect thing for everybody on your list. Because if they don't love artisan cheese, well, they didn't really deserve to know you in the first place.
Here in Wisconsin, we never agonize over choosing the right gift, because we know that artisan cheese is at the top of everyone's wish list. It's the one present that never gets regifted. Heck, most artisan cheese gifts are devoured so fast, they never make it to the fridge. But then again, that's what you'd expect in a state that makes the tastiest, highest-quality, most award-winning artisan cheese in the world.
Take a walk around our website to meet some famous Wisconsin artisan cheeses for your next birthday or holiday gift basket. You'll also find links to some great gourmet cheese delivery services. Search our recipes for inspiration for meat and cheese trays or a recipe for mac & cheese night. Or scroll down for more artisan cheese gift ideas.
Whether you're filling a cheese basket or ordering meat and cheese gifts, these artisan cheeses will never fail to please.
Artisan cheese gifts are filled with cheeses that are typically made by hand in small batches. When crafting artisan cheese, cheesemakers use many of the traditional cheesemaking techniques rather than relying on industrialization and mechanization. Artisan cheeses also often incorporate multiple types of milk and additional flavorings.
Specialty cheese is one that is not mass-produced – its production is limited. Specialty cheeses may be artisan cheeses, but unlike artisan cheeses there's no requirement that they use only traditional techniques. Specialty cheeses are frequently produced with flavorings like nuts, spices, and herbs.
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Wisconsin cheesemakers have been making artisan cheese from day one. Over the past 180 years, cheesemakers, originally hailing from all over Europe, perfected the recipes they brought from their respective homelands while innovating and inventing new kinds of products that push the boundaries of what cheese can be. Today, Wisconsin cheesemakers produce nearly half of all the artisan cheese made in America – and they've taken home vat-loads awards in the process.
That's what you get when an entire state is dedicated to making and eating as much high-quality cheese as possible. And we hit that goal, with 600+ flavors, varieties, and styles of cheese – more than anywhere else in the world. So, next time you're looking for artisan cheese gifts, just look for the Proudly Wisconsin Cheese badge on label. That's when you know your artisan cheese will be the greatest gift of all.
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In Wisconsin, we make more flavors, varieties, and styles of cheese than anywhere else in the world. We believe in tradition, producing everything from Italian classics, like parmesan and ricotta, to swiss cheese and cheddar varieties. But every Wisconsin cheesemaker is an innovator as well, which is why we have so many Wisconsin originals, like colby and muenster. Whether it’s a grilled cheese sandwich, potatoes au gratin, or a charcuterie board, Wisconsin cheese makes every dish and recipe tastier.