You're stranded on a desert island. You only have three cheeses (and presumably a refrigerator). Which ones are they?
I asked this question to a number of good cheesemongers and the same cheeses kept popping up over and over so I figured I was on to something—a collection of cheeses so compelling the best cheesehouse I know would choose them above all others.
The picks are classic, well-aged Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano, real cloth-wrapped English cheddar from its birthplace in southwestern England, and French Comté aged in the halls of Fort St. Antoine. We'll cut a half pound of each, wrap them in our French cheese bags and nestle them in a box with crackers.
Now go find that island.