The other cheesehounds who wrote passionately about epoisse might be interested in another special cheese that should only be eaten in wintertime.
Much to my surprise and delight, I found Vacherin Mont d'Or--au lait cru, not less! There were several boxes left at Mollie Stone's in San Mateo, which I must say has a great selection and excellent service. I can afford to share the info on this cheese as I already have one set aside for the piece de resistance of my Christmas cheese platter. I can smell it now, a spoon having broken its tender crust, the aroma of thick cream and mushrooms rising, complemented by warm Acme bread, sweet sliced pears, date-walnut cake, and muscat grapes. . .
I really wish there was an official Cheesehound chapter that could meet to taste cheese and drink wine several times a year!