We tasted products from around the country to find the best of the best from small-production food artisans. By Cindy Hatcher
Photo: Travis Rathbone
Crave Brothers Petit Frère ($10.25 for 1/2 pound)
A subtle washed-rind cow's-milk cheese that quietly announces its presence with a hint of musty barnyard funk on the palate, not the nose. Smooth texture with a slightly bitter rind and a silky center.