This cheese, from Virginia, is a beefy and full flavored cheese that reminds us a lot of Taleggio (Italy). In fact, it’s even shaped and molded to be a large square, rather than a large wheel. The rind is bright orange and you can still taste the wondefully salty brine. The interior has a firm softness; the kind that you’d think would melt in your mouth easily, but it really has a long and drawn out creaminess on your palate that keeps going and going.
The pairing for Grayson is a Rhone style blend ala GSM or, similarly, another medium bodied balanced red wine.
A quote from the makers of Grayson, Meadow Creek Dairy:
“Meadow Creek Dairy is a family farm in the mountains of southwest Virginia. At an elevation of 2800ft, the combination of pure water, clean air and deep soils produce an ideal environment for growing diverse, mineral-rich pastures. Since 1980, farming has been our craft. We have worked closely with our Jersey herd to give them the best care, develop the genetics best adapted to our farm, and in the process produce the highest quality milk. Now we take our craft to its next level, providing you with a full flavored, healthy, ecologically friendly cheese.”
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