Guided Cheese & Wine Tasting: Us Versus Them! Tonight American cheeses go head-to-head against the European cheeses that inspired them. How does a top American Gouda compare to the best from Holland? Can the finest American Brie stand up to the French? Weâll taste several pairs tonight, side by side. You be the judge! Iâm an award-winning food writer, publisher of the Planet Cheese blog and author of three books on cheese (Cheese & Wine, Cheese & Beer and The Cheese Course), and I want to introduce you to some of the cheeses I love best.