12 Days of Cheese lasts from December 12-23 and will offer a different artisanal cheese at half-price each day of the sale.
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Forget the turtle doves or a partridge in a pear tree, Whole Foods Market is celebrating the 12 days of Christmas with cheese—and we're all for it! The grocer's annual holiday cheese sale will highlight a different artisanal cheese each day from December 12 through 23. Each cheese will be marked down to half-price on its designated day. Prime members will get an extra 10% off during this time.

"Our team is thrilled for the return of 12 Days of Cheese because we have the opportunity to showcase some truly delicious, diverse and innovative cheeses at an incredible value," said Cathy Strange, Whole Foods Market's vice president of specialty, product innovation and development, in a press release. "The list of 12 cheeses that we've curated includes a few award-winning cheeses and a few exclusive cheeses you can only get at your local Whole Foods Market. Each one is unique and will make a delicious addition to any holiday occasion."

These cheeses were selected by 386 people, including global experts from Whole Foods Market and the grocer's in-store certified cheese professionals. Shoppers are encouraged to stop in to their local Whole Foods to sample these adventurous cheese varieties and speak with a cheesemonger about any questions they may have, such as how to build a cheese board or how to pair these cheeses with other foods and beverages.

Whole Foods 12 Days of Cheese

Check out the 12 Days of Cheese schedule, below, to see when you want to pop in and do some sampling:

Dec: 12: Klare Melk Truffle Gouda

Rich, flavorful, semifirm cheese. Velvety notes of sweet cream and butter, generously laced with earthy truffles. Exclusive to Whole Foods Market.

Dec. 13: Uplands Cheese Company Pleasant Ridge Reserve

A seasonally produced cow's milk Alpine-style cheese modeled after favorites like Le Gruyère and Beaufort. Flavors range from milky to nutty and grassy. The only cheese in the history of the American Cheese Society's annual competition to win the top prize — "Best in Show" — three times.

Dec. 14: Mitica Cordobes

Made with Castellana and Merino sheep milk from Spain. Rich and buttery flavors balanced by bright acidity and nutty undertones. Exclusive to Whole Foods Market.

Dec. 15: Cowgirl Creamery Organic Hop Along

Rich, bright notes of buttered toast with a lasting savory finish. Washed in local cider and aged for 45 days, producing yeasty and sweet aromas with a silky, fudgy texture.

Dec. 16: Caseificio dell'Alta Langa La Tur

Soft-ripened perfection from a balanced mixture of cow, sheep and goat milk. Sweetness of fresh, grassy cream and bright butter notes with a rich, acidic and yeasty finish.

Dec. 17: Sweet Grass Dairy Thomasville Tomme

Semifirm raw cow's milk cheese that's made entirely by hand. Rich and earthy with a finish of light salt, fresh grass and tangy cream.

Dec. 18: MonS Gabietou

Decadent blend of sheep and cow's milks, washed with water and rock salt from local warm springs. Dense flavor with rich tones of fruit and balanced earthy mushroom.

Dec. 19: The Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm Harbison, Prosecco Washed

Soft-ripened, buttery, woodsy and sweet with balanced tones of mustard. A wash in Presto Prosecco brings out bright citrus favors. Exclusive to Whole Foods Market.

Dec. 20: Emmi Kaltbach Cave-Aged Le Gruyère

Raw, grass-fed cow's milk cheese with rich minerality from aging in Kaltbach's sandstone caves. Classic nuttiness with tangy fruit notes. Smooth texture with pronounced crystal crunch.

Dec. 21: Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog

A true American Original conceived in a dream — a goat's milk soft-ripened goat cheese with a beautiful ribbon of edible ash through the center. Floral, herbaceous overtones, buttermilk, fresh cream flavors.

Dec. 22: Neal’s Yard Dairy Sparkenhoe Red Leicester

Complex and balanced with bright acidity and lasting savory notes. From the only producer making traditional, farmstead Red Leicester with raw milk from heritage cows.

Dec. 23: Rogue Creamery Organic Enraptured Blanc

Young organic blue washed in white wine. Tangy with bright fruit notes and a soft, buttery texture. Exclusive to WholeFoods Market. 

By Lauren Wicks and Jaime Milan