My local grocery store has Dutch goat Gouda. I tend to dislike cheese that falls apart when sliced, I find them tending to be dry and having an unpleasant texture in the mouth. I also in general tend to prefer cow's milk cheeses over others, even if they are lacking in exoticism.
I would like to be able to say that the international cheese selection in France is outstanding, but since there are already so many French cheeses there isn't all that much space left for the other countries. We have a number of Dutch, Italian and Swiss cheeses but not much else except near other national borders, except of course for Greek feta which is now a protected name, so you always see that at the supermarket next to the local version which is now just called "ewe's cheese" (fromage de brébis) and which is about 30% cheaper than the real stuff. I would be curious to see how the Netherlands have handled this because France and the Netherlands are the two principal producers of "feta style" cheese in Europe (far ahead of the authentic Greek production). Both countries obviously respect the EU rules on the name, but it would be interesting to see what the non-Greek feta products are called in places like Germany or Italy.
France has an incredible multitude of both hard and soft cheeses (with probably quite a few somewhere in between). I bought some Comté yesterday, a universally loved hard cheese, but today I bought a nice soft stinky Munster from the Vosges. Apparently there is an American version called muenster but I bet it isn't stinky. Does anybody know anything about it?
Got me wondering what Gouda is... “Gouda is a mild-flavored, yellow cow's milk cheese originating from the Netherlands. It is one of the most popular cheeses worldwide. The name is used today as a general term for numerous similar cheeses produced in the traditional Dutch manner.” Wikipedia
I had an American friend who was proud to know that the correct pronunciation of Gouda is "Gowda". But every time she said this, no English speakers knew what she was talking about. It rarely pays to be too knowledgeable about simple subjects.
In my local supermarkets I can find Gouda style cheese made here and also imported ones. I have found the run-of-the-mill Gouda a bit like eating soap. Lately I have noticed "Mature"Gouda on sale and I admit it is far nicer with a bit of a bite. And yes, in South Africa we pronounce it 'gowda' , also called Sweetmilk cheese.