Cheddar (Grafton Village Cloth Wrapped)
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.
Grafton’s Clothbound Cheddar is a classic milled-curd cow’s milk cheddar wrapped in cheesecloth while it ages slowly in Grafton’s caves for a minimum of six months.
Texture of the rustic-looking cheese is slightly more crumbly and firm than Grafton’s other aged cheddars. Taste is bold and sharp, unctuous and grassy, with notes of mushroom and nuts.
Pair it with a fruity Pinot Noir, a strong ale, apple liqueur or cider, or a vintage port.