Made in America: Cheese to Celebrate Independance Day – part 3

rogue smokeyIn our final installment of the Made in America series, we’re starting in Oregon at Rogue Creamery.  Rogue Smokey Blue is cold smoked over hazelnut shells and has sweet, creamy flavors of caramel that are perfectly balanced with earthy and smoky, nutty flavors.  Aged for six months, this mild yet flavorful blue is vegetarian friendly, and absolutely amazing crumbled into a hamburger!

sarvecchioNext stop on our cheese tour is Wisconsin where we will visit Sartori Cheese and the Sartori family, who has been making delicious cheeses there for nearly four generations.  While every cheese they make is amazing, today I’ll be focusing on my favorite, SarVecchio Parmesan.  Aged for at least 20 months, this multiple award winner is smooth yet crumbly, and is fruity in flavor with notes of roasted caramel.  It pairs beautifully with your favorite Italian wine and some crusty bread.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

cabot clothboundNow let’s jet across the country to Vermont, where you’ll find Cabot Clothbound Cheddar being produced.  The cheese is produced by Cabot, then bandaged with muslin and relocated to the Cellars at Jasper Hill where it is aged for 10 to 14 months.  Cabot Clothbound is sweet and savory at the same time, with slightly sharp, nutty, and caramel flavors.  It is firm and slightly crunchy, and a definite must-try for Cheddar lovers!

And finally we finish our tour in upstate New York at Nettle Meadow–a goat and sheep dairy and cheese company.  They’re most popular cheese, Kunik, is a unique triple-crème cheese made of goat’s milk and Jersey cow cream.  Tangy, yet buttery and earthy, Kunik packs a punch of flavor so marvelous that any description I could come up with wouldn’t do it justice!

Of course, there are so many more delicious artisanal cheeses that are produced in the US that we couldn’t cover!  Do you have a favorite cheese produced here in the U-S of A?  Share it with us in the comments!

*Inventory varies by location.  Please check with your local Vineyard Market for current stock.

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