Taste four blue-ribbon winners from the Green Mountain State. This tiny New England powerhouse definitely punches above its weight in the cheese world, thanks to leaders like these four creameries. With more award-winning cheeses per square mile than any other state (don’t fact-check that), Vermont is a mecca for artisan cheese fans.
- Vermont Creamery Bonne Bouche: The name means "good mouthful," and that just about says it all. This petite disk is the flagship of Vermont Creamery’s aged goat cheese collection: hand ladled and ash ripened. The interior is dense, yet silky, and when perfectly ripe it melts on the tongue. (4 oz)
- Vermont Farmstead Lillé: Inspired by France’s Coulommiers, a cow’s milk cheese in the Brie family, this beauty is handmade in very small batches—hand cut, hand stirred and hand ladled. All that loving attention produces a sumptuous soft-ripened cheese with a supple interior and hints of mushroom. (6.5 oz)
- Spring Brook Farm Reading: This raw cow’s milk cheese has won its category at the American Cheese Society competition again…and again…and again. Modeled after Raclette, the mountain classic from France and Switzerland, Reading melts like a dream. You’ll swoon over its seductive aroma of salted peanuts and mushrooms. (7.5 oz)
- Vermont Shepherd Invierno: This beauty is a cow-sheep blend from one of the pioneering sheep-cheese producers in the U.S. David and Yesenia raise several hundred dairy sheep on their farm but purchase the cow’s milk for Invierno from a near neighbor. Invierno ("winter" in Spanish, for the season when they produce it) is a semifirm to firm cheese with a natural rind, matured for 5 to 6 months. Aromas of butter, mushroom and nuts. A handmade raw-milk cheese from a cheesemaker with three decades of experience. (7.5 oz)
Cheese O’Clock is a four-week Zoom cheese and wine tasting of "American Cheese Society Blue-Ribbon Winners" led by cheese authorities Laura Werlin and Janet Fletcher. Different themes, cheeses and wines every time! View the other week’s cheese collections: Four States, Five Stars with Charles Krug Winery, Clever Creations with Markham Vineyards, and How The West Was Won with MacRostie Winery.
For more information, go to janetfletcher.com/cheeseoclock or laurawerlin.com/events.
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