Clothbound Cheddar (Shelburne Farms)
Located in a stunning position on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont, Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit education center for sustainability, a 1,400-acre working farm, and National Historic Landmark. It was established in 1886 as the model agricultural estate of William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb. In 1972, family descendants formed an independent nonprofit organization with the dream of using the farm’s resources to inspire stewardship.
Today, school field trips, summer camps, workshops and many other programs allow children, educators and families to learn in this place of natural and architectural beauty. A membership-supported organization, Shelburne Farms also maintains a Brown Swiss dairy herd, a cheese-making facility, and a seasonal inn to help support and enrich its education work. The farm’s land use integrates education, agriculture, forestry, and historic preservation with tourism, a few private residences, and community and cultural activities.
The cheesemaking operation produces cheddar using raw milk from their own herd of Brown Swiss cows, made in the traditional style, but using modern equipment and old-fashioned techniques.
While the majority of Shelburne Farms’ cheddar is produced in 40lb blocks, occasionally the farm also produces this cloth-wrapped cheese, which is made in the style of a traditional English cheddar. It is hand-wrapped and carefully aged for more than a year in cheesecloth.
Flavors are sharp and earthy, with buttery undertones. Paste is a golden color with a dense and crumbly texture.
Pair Shelburne Farms Clothbound Cheddar with a Chinon or any cabernet franc. For beer pairings, try an IPA.