2020… what a year. Typically, this issue highlights award-winning cheeses from the past 12 months. Our staff would usually attend competitions, taste the contenders, and curate a list of best-of-the-best, compiling our favorites into a lengthy feature story celebrating innovation and timelessness in the world of curd. But this year, we’ve had to re-evaluate that concept. How could we select winners from non-existent competitions? Our expert and non-expert cheese lovers decided to create our own awards, from “best guilty-pleasure cheese” to “best cheeses to pair with bubbles.” We’ve selected winning cheeses from past years—as well as from the 2020 World Championship of Cheese and sofi Awards—to cover categories that we hope bring comfort, relatability, and joy during this unprecedented time. So, grab a glass of whatever soothes you and peruse our wide-ranging list of cheeses we think deserve a place at your table, to be nibbled while watching (yet another) Netflix series, or shared with the folks in your bubble.