Assembling a cheeseboard doesn't need to be complicated or intimidating.  Here are our best tips and tricks for building a cheeseboard.

Choose cheeses with a variety of flavors, textures, ages, and colors. From mild to sharp, soft to hard, fresh to aged, the combinations are limitless.

It can be fun to let your selection be dictated by a theme. For example, a selection of cheeses only from Vermont, strictly goat cheeses, or maybe an offering of just Italian cheeses.

Cheese is best displayed on a natural surface. Use wood, slate or marble. Offer one knife for each cheese and leave space between each cheese so that flavors don’t mingle

Cheese is best enjoyed at room temperature. Be sure to take your cheeses out of the refrigerator 1–2 hours before serving.

Accompaniments are key. Choose rustic bread and crackers that won't overshadow the cheese. Fresh pears, apples, figs, and grapes or dried apricots, cranberries and cherries are all good choices. If you want to include berries, they are best served in the form of compotes, jams, and chutneys. Pickled veggies, nuts and charcuterie are also great additions.

Find some of our favorite cheeseboards and pairings here.