When it comes to a great spread of cheese, think quality over quantity. Hastings recommends finding a local cheese shop or specialty market with a nice selection, rather than the local chain grocery, and talking to the cheesemonger there. “These places tend to buy smaller quantities, directly from importers or cheesemakers themselves… not only will the quality often be superior to grocery store brands, but a conversation with a passionate cheesemonger can turn you onto things you never knew about.”
Like Gruyère? Hastings would recommend Challerhocker, a deep, dense, caramel-like cheese from Switzerland.