Fromage of the Day, 07.04.11: Vermont Shepherd

Fromage of the Day, 07.04.11:  Vermont Shepherd.  Buttery, sweet, and herbaceous, this sheep cheese from Vermont is still my favorite American cheese.  It pairs nicely with your favorite Pinot Noir, a classic unfiltered lager, or a dry-ish cider.  If it was a Steely Dan tune from Aja, it would be “Black Cow,” beautifully constructed yet wry.  The Joy of Cheese Summer Events resume July 12 at Clerkenwell.  Details are here.


About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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5 Responses to Fromage of the Day, 07.04.11: Vermont Shepherd

  1. Is it available already?!

  2. jmartin437 says:

    I don’t think so. I have only seen their offseason cheese, Queso Del Invierno so far. For the 4th I just decided to think broadly.

  3. You had me very excited and a little worried that we hadn’t gotten the call that it was available. *sigh* And now you have me wanting it to be August already…

  4. jmartin437 says:

    Sorry ’bout that. Have you tried some of the recent batch of Madaio pecorinos? The Mastoriozo and Cannestrato deliver similar flavors and nuance.

    • I have not, though I would have to take a trip down to Boston and Formaggio Kitchen to procure some.. but I have been needing to go there anyway. Maybe you’ve given me reason 🙂

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