1. Good Thunder
Alemar Cheese Company
Inspired by the French cheese Reblochon, this irresistibly pungent, nutty washed-rind cheese spreads easily over a crisp cracker or piece of crusty bread.
$11 for 7 oz., alemarcheese.com
2. Cavalry Camp Ash
Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese
Vegetable ash is dusted onto this young goat cheese before it is aged. The result has a delectable earthy taste and a distinct black-and-white rind.
$8 for 4 oz., georgesmillcheese.com
3. Singing Brook
Its mild, nutty flavor makes it a natural for canapés as well as grits. A Manchego-like aged sheep’s cheese, it’s semisoft and has a hard rind.
$32 for 1 lb., blackberryfarm.com
Rivers Edge Chèvre
Delicious on its own or crumbled over a salad, this fresh goat cheese bursts with fragrant, spicy pink peppercorns.
$32 for 1 lb., riversedgechevre.com
5. Garretts Ferry
Many Fold Farm
From the Chattahoochee Hill Country, this soft, milky sheep’s cheese makes an exceptionally mouthwatering match for cranberry-pistachio crackers.
From $14 for ½ lb., murrayscheese.com
Cherry Grove Farm
Aged for 15 to 18 months, this hard cheese is made from raw cow’s milk. Serve it with honey and walnuts, or grate it over pasta.
$23 for 1 lb., cherrygrovefarm.com
Cato Corner Farm
A twice-weekly brine bath for two months before packaging ensures pungency for this award winner. Made from pasture-raised Jersey cow’s milk, it melts beautifully.
$30 for 1 lb., catocornerfarm.com
This buttery triple cream blends tangy goat’s milk and rich Jersey cow’s cream for a flavor and texture that resemble those of classic Brie, but with zing.
$35 for ½ lb., murrayscheese.com
9. West West Blue
Parish Hill Creamery
A drizzling of good maple syrup helps bring out the flavor of this hearty Gorgonzola-style blue cheese.
$24 for 1 lb., parishhillcreamery.com