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The 8 Best Cheese Boards of 2021

When it comes to the perfect spread, it’s all about the presentation

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There are two key components to the perfect cheese board: great cheese and an equally great board for serving it. Depending on your hosting style and personal taste, you’re bound to have an array of choices out there, but we’ve saved you the search—from live-edge solid Acacia wood and classic slate to a splurge-worthy (and rather large) slice of petrified wood, the possibilities for creative presentation on this list are virtually boundless.

The same can be said about wine pairing options, especially if you’re open to working a few sweet wines into the mix (in addition to shining next to dessert dishes, sweeter wine styles can bring an incredible facet to a cheese tasting experience). So break out the dessert wine glasses and your favorite set of cheese plates, and complete your apéritif (or digestif) spread with one of our top cheese boards of the year.

Best Overall: Denmark Large Acacia Live Edge Paddle Cheese Board

Denmark Large Acacia Live Edge Paddle Cheese Board

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There’s something rustic yet contemporary about a live edge wood piece, be it a table, bench, or (more affordably) a cheese board. This style is a timeless one, especially when made from natural wood, adding depth and a sense of thoughtful design to any tablescape.

This multipurpose board is 100% acacia hardwood, and it won’t simply sit in your cabinet between gatherings—it can also be used as a cutting board for everyday prep, or keep it displayed on the counter as a permanent fixture, either leaned against a wall or flat on the counter’s surface as a tray. The Denmark Acacia paddle cheese board measures 24 inches long, 9.25 inches wide, and ¾ inches thick.

Best Value: Home Basics Black 15.5 Inch Slate Cutting Board

A good slate serving board is a staple in any home, both for prepping and for serving—another affordable, natural option for those who make the most of their household purchases. This generously-sized board features felt pads to protect the surface beneath it, whether you’re chopping herbs or serving a selection of your favorite cheeses or small bites, complete with written markers next to each (the Home Basics slate cutting board comes with chalk for this purpose). This board measures 15.5 inches by 11.5 inches and is protected by a 30-day limited warranty.

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Best Splurge: Fortessa 20 Inch Petrified Wood Serving Board

Fortessa Petrified Wood Charcuterie Boards

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If you’re truly looking to splurge on a top-of-the-line serving board, whether for yourself or as a gift for someone else, Fortessa’s selection of petrified wood charcuterie boards is a safe bet. Each piece is entirely unique and is crafted from real petrified wood, with a variety of size options from eight to ten inches in diameter up to 20 inches.

The largest size is perhaps the most striking (there’s more room for all of the intricate details that come with pieces made from petrified wood), and it makes a great display piece, whether it’s in the center of your apéritif spread or incorporated into your décor between uses. Be sure to wash this board by hand to best maintain its quality.

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Best Mini: Package of 4 Natural Pine Wood Mini Cutting Boards

There are few cutting boards more adorable than, well, mini cutting boards. Stock up on these four-packs of natural pine wood planchettes, which have tons of potential for serving, prepping, or even crafting. You could also consider using these mini cutting boards as individual serving boards, French farmhouse-inspired tabletop décor (try distressing a coat or two of white chalk paint), or number signs for tables at events—the list goes on.

Best Large: Godinger Extra Long Wood Serving Tray with Metal Handles

Nothing screams “cheese fanatic” quite like an extremely long-serving board filled with your favorite wheels, wedges, and accouterments. Often, these extra-large platters are either underwhelming in design or just rather expensive, but Godinger’s Extra Long Serving Tray with Metal Handles is right in that middle sweet spot.

This food-safe board has a thoughtfully-designed rustic feel to it, thanks to its live edges, chestnut finish, tray feet, and metal handles, and to top it off, it weighs just 3.2 pounds, making it relatively easy to handle for all. This board is 38.5 inches long, seven inches wide, and just under one inch tall.

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Best Monogrammed: Williams Sonoma Marble and Brass Monogram Board

Marble & Brass Monogram Board

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Monogrammed items can sometimes come across as a bit cheesy (or unimaginative, thanks to generally limited typeface options), but the Williams Sonoma Marble and Brass Monogram Board is a truly elegant choice for minimalists, handcrafted by artisans using top-quality marble and inlaid with antiqued brass letters in a simple, sans-serif font in the top left-hand corner.

They’re also polished by hand, rendering the board perfectly smooth with just the right amount of shine, which is bound to add a bright, luxe touch to your spread. These boards measure 14 inches long, nine inches wide, and just under one inch thick, and they also make excellent gifts for a number of different occasions.

Most Photogenic: Anthropologie Agate Cheese Board

Agate Cheese Board

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If you plan on photographing your tablescape, using an Instagram-worthy cheese board is key. Anthropologie’s stunning agate cheese boards should do the trick, no matter which color you choose.

Available in white, blue, green, rose, or amethyst (each of which is rimmed with gold-hued brass plating), every single board is unique given its natural origins and is generally around 11 inches in length and about seven inches wide. The only downside to these gorgeous agate cheese boards is the cleaning—Anthropologie recommends gently wiping with a soft, dry cloth, so you might want to reserve this one for your not-so-messy cheeses.

Best Set: Libbey Glass 4-Piece Acacia Wood Cheese Set with Dome

Libbey has long been a trusted name in serveware thanks to its high quality and simple-yet-elegant design, and this four-piece Acacia Wood Cheese Set is no exception. Complete with an 11 by 10.5-inch Acacia wood serving board, two seven-ounce ceramic bowls for dips, nuts, and the like, one stainless steel cheese knife, and a glass dome measuring 10 inches high and just over seven inches in diameter. While the board should be hand-washed, everything else is dishwasher-safe, making cleanup easy.

Pro tip: if you enjoy making cocktails at home, you can also use this board and dome to incorporate smoke or other aromatics into your drink (just note that you’d need a smoking gun, which can be purchased separately).

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Why Trust Liquor?

Céline Bossart is a half-French certified wine professional, meaning cheese is her main food group. This list of serving boards is composed of her personal picks, each of which meets Liquor.com’s high quality and appearance standards and represents various price points for every budget.

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