Located in Vermont, the Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company was originally founded in 1892 with the purpose of converting surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese. Years later, a fire destroyed the original factory.
The factory and the company were restored in the mid-1960s by The Windham Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports the rural community surrounding Grafton via educational and practical means. Today Grafton Cheese handcrafts artisanal, aged cheddar and specialty cheeses. Proceeds from the sale of these cheeses support the Windham Foundation’s charitable efforts.
Shepsog means ‘sheep’ in the indigenous Native American Algonquin language, and the cheese is a true Vermont original. It's a mixed milk cheese that ages in Grafton’s caves for a minimum of five months. It’s available only in fall and winter.
Shepsog is complex and earthy, with a butter-yellow semi-firm paste protected by a velvety natural rind of white and gray molds. Its flavor is round and rich, with a sweet and nutty finish.
Pair Shepsog with a Syrah.