Website for cheeses
There are 4 of'em for you... if you live near a decent cheese store the best thing is indeed to taste different kinds & see what you like. Steven Jenkins' book, 'Cheese Primer,' is also worthwhile.
Hey JPC, I'm not sure where you're located regionally, but we have a fabulous store in Boston called Formaggio Kitchen---a gourmet food shop specializing in products such as artisan cheeses. They have great information on their website:
Hope that helps!
And PS, I think they ship, but you'll have to double check if you're interested in trying them in real time.
Nothing on a website compares to a real-life experience when it comes to cheeses. If you're near a Whole Foods (or any good-sized cheese-monger) stop in and talk to a person at the cheese counter and try (or buy) an assortment based on their recommendation (they'll sell you as small a quantity as you like). You'll get more in 5-10 minutes than hours of searching the internet. Start with unfamiliar cheeses as a jumping off point. At least then when you search the Internet you'll have a broader basis for comparison.