Here’s a link to the bracket up to and including the Final Four for your downloading pleasure.
As explained yesterday, today’s pre-championship pits Wild Card Brie against the winner with the slimmest margin from Day 14: Parmigiano. Monday is the Championship match, between today’s winner and Cheddar. You all know the rules by now… ENGAGE, engage with vim and vigor and jpegs, or I will select my own favorites! Democracy only works when it is participatory democracy, and I won’t hesitate to get all FDR on the bracket if I need to!
To round out today’s abbreviated poll, I’m honoring an old request and giving you a brief list of some personal favorite cheeses. Most are artisanal and/or imported; this is stuff that one has access to living in a place like NYC! However, it’s very important to look for any cheeses local to your area; the chevre I fawn over comes from the Berkshires, and certainly wouldn’t be nearly as good for a San Franciscan as a variety made on the West Coast. Google dairy farms and creameries in your area; certain places are obvious hot spots (New York/Massachusetts, Wisconsin, northern California), but small-scale dairies can crop up anywhere.
Adams Reserve New York Extra Sharp Cheddar
Rawson Brook Farm Monterey Chevre with thyme and olive oil
Merlot-washed Cantalet I had on my 32nd birthday–sadly, I forgot to note the source
Pecorino Foglie di Noce
Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert
Uniekaas Reserve Gouda