Valentine’s Day: either you hate it or you love it. But no matter what your feelings are towards the holiday, there is one thing we can all agree on- on February 14th you should definitely eat some cheese. Consider it an excuse to treat someone else or to treat yourself. Cheese can be a surprisingly romantic gift for a loved one or a great way to take your mind off of a day you have been dreading all year. Whether for a  first course, romantic getaway, get-together with friends or a night sequestered alone in your room, we’ve got some cheeses & accompaniments perfect for anyone this holiday.

For the passionate present: Robiola in Cherry Leaves 

For those looking for a great Valentine’s day present other than the usual flowers + chocolates. This goat cheese is delicate with a fresh, creamy taste and a compact texture. Covered in cherry leaves and tied with red string- it is already wrapped for you! Lightly fruity, sweet & tangy, this cheese pairs well and looks great. For a great pairing, accompany the Robiola with a handsome bottle of Mumm Napa Brut Rose.

For the romantic dinner hors d’oeuvres: Coeur du Berry

Perfect for two, this heart-shaped cheese will make for a great first course for any  dinner. Light and mildly sweet, this cheese will pair well with a light, crisp & fruity wine, such as San Pietro Pinot Grigio. This cheese is sure to make a good impression and start your dinner off right.

For the Anti-Valentine’s day get-together: Sweet Cocoa Pepper 

For those hoping to get your mind off of Valentine’s day, spend your time trying to figure out this cheese. Locally made at Cedar Hill Farms, this cow’s milk cheese is studded with hot peppers and coated with cocoa. Sweet, savory and mild all at once. Defy the Valentine’s Day norm and go for this unusual gem. And since you’re feeling unconventional, try pairing with a Schlafly Kolsch.

For those singular folks looking to treat themselves: Mt. Tam 

Give yourself the gift of happiness with a succulent wedge of Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam. This decadent triple-creme is both light & rich, with a smooth, whipped quality.  Pair with a lively, refreshing bottle of Canella Prosecco for a wonderful complement to this cheese. Who needs a date when you’ve got these friends to come home to?