Sunday, June 7, 2009

Grafton Cheddar Cheese

thought I would share with you my favorite and the best crafted cheese ever!! This cheese is made in Grafton Vermont ( my favorite little spot on this earth) and I have been enjoying this cheese for over 25 years, ( does that reflect my age?? oh my!) The Grafton Village Cheese Company is located right in Grafton and makes several varieties of cheddar cheese.

Voted by Wine Spectators Magazine as one of the top 100 cheese's in the world. My favorite is the black waxed 2 year old, it has just enough sharpness and great texture, not rubbery like most grocery store brands. I was able to bring home a nice little bounty and made sure I kept it cold for our 18 hour drive, it survived wonderfully and now I am able to enjoy a little each day. Whole Foods does carry Grafton Cheddar (but limited in it's choices) sometimes I do make the drive past Nashville to pick some up, but nothing can compare to getting it right at the cheese factory.

Fortunately, you can order it right from the factory in Vermont, they do mail orders and have a very nice web site, be sure to check it out.

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Wine Spectator's Top 100 Cheeses in the World

Wine Spectator Magazine, September 30, 2008

100 of the world's top cheeses. 32 US cheeses. Of that, 10 Vermont Cheeses. Of that, Two are Grafton's Cheese. We are honored! Read on to see which of our cheeses made the grade.

Grafton Cheese wins Wine Spectator Top 100 Cheeses

Cheddar, Clothbound

Grafton's Clothbound Cheddar: This is the first attempt by Grafton to make Cheddar in the style of icon Montgomery's. They've succeeded. There's a lot going on in this complex cheese, with earth, meat and mushroom flavors taking center stage. It's made from pasteurized cow's milk and aged 10 to 12 months in the caves of another top Vermont cheese maker, Jasper Hill Farm. Pair this cheddar with an off-dry white, such as a Gewurztraminer or German spatlese Riesling.

Learn about the availability of Grafton Clothbound Cheddar.

Cheddar, One-Year

Grafton Premium Cheddar: Cheese encased in plastic may not seem to be of the type that you'd put on a cheese tray, but this one is. The aroma is meaty, and that meatiness comes through loud and clear on the palate as well. There's just the right amount of sharpness and a sweet, buttery quality, too. The 8 oz disks are made with raw cow's milk and aged one year. A fruity medium-bodied Zinfandel would make a good partner.

-Wine Spectator Magazine, September 30, 2008


  1. Give me a loaf of French bread, a good cheese, a nice glass of wine and I'm good to go! This cheese sounds wonderful...glad you could bring some back from your trip to enjoy!

  2. I love good cheese and good wine and placed together, heaven on earth.

  3. I love good cheese. I will have to check this out!

  4. Ok, where do we get together to have said cheese, wine and a bit of bread? I'm in!

  5. I just found your blog, and amazed at how much we have in common! I make jewelry, I have horses, and my grandfather was president of the Grafton Village Cheese Company many years ago. My dad still lives in Grafton, but I moved out to CA. I am continuously on the hunt for vintage equestrian items to incorporate into my jewelry, and they are tough to find!