Whole Foods has long had an outstanding cheese selection, but my Whole Foods hasn't really gone European cheese on me (aside from the typical Goudas, Blue Stilton, and Rocquefort). So when I was in Chicago last week and stopped at Whole Foods for dinner and went to find some cheese to go with my beets and summer squash, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the cheese selection was decidedly Continental.
Mimolette - A French cow's milk cheese that looks like a cantaloupe (due to the cheese mites going to town on the rind). I'm a fan of it's hazelnut, deep cheddar flavor. Whole Foods' Mimolette is medium aged (about a year).
Valdeon - A Spanish blue made from both cow's and goat's milk and wrapped in sycamore leaves. Very creamy, with lots of bite.
I actually had a tough time picking just these two, as they also had St. Agur, Fourme d'Ambert, and a three year old Gouda. Next week.