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.
Bismark, named after a legendary Vermont ram from the late 19th century, is a raw sheep’s milk cheese aged for at least three months.
Starting out tender, tangy and sweet, Bismark becomes increasingly complex with age. Texture is light and crumbly, while flavor includes hints of a vinegary tang, notes of butter and a creamy, hazelnut finish.
Pair it with a bright, fruity red wine.