The cheeses of Vulto Creamery have been on our radar for a while now, but like so many good things, they weren’t readily available outside of New York. I had the pleasure of meeting cheesemaker Jos Vulto briefly over the summer, but his Miranda and Ouleout only recently made their debut on my cheeseboard. Coincidentally, Jill was in New York last week and made her first acquaintance with Miranda at Murray’s Cheese Bar.

Vulto Creamery cheeses | cheeseandchampagne.com

Miranda, a small washed-rind with a distinctive corseted shape, is a sweet and buttery raw milk cheese washed in absinthe.

Miranda | Vulto Creamery | cheeseandchampagne.com

She takes her name from the cheesemaker’s late wife, and you can taste the love with which this cheese is crafted. While my more recent wheel was fairly young with a white bloom, more aged versions develop more red on the rind and become more supple. It’s not particularly briny as washed rinds go, but just a bit tart. Vulto, once part of a Brooklyn urban cheesemakers gang (as described by Matt Spiegler for Modern Farmer), now has a cheese making facility in upstate New York, and the absinthe in which Miranda is washed also hails from nearby Delaware Phoenix Distillery. Between Jill and myself, we’ve caught three phases of Miranda and each was delicious.

3 phases of Miranda | Vulto Creamery | cheeseandchampagne.com

Ouleout is a larger, more supple washed-rind, with a salty, briny, toasty flavor. This particular wheel was just perfectly oozy ripe, and I had to fight off the curd kids to save some for Jill. (Yes, I’m not afraid to toss a stinky washed-rind — double-wrapped — in my carry-on. Fortunately for my fellow travelers, it was a direct flight to Minneapolis.)

Ouleout cheese | cheeseandchampagne.com

You can pair these with absinthe or a roasty Scotch ale or the like — unless you’re pregnant (sorry, Jill), in which case we suggest some nice briny pickles.

Vulto cheeses are available in NY cheese shops and also sold directly at the McGolrick Park farmers market in Brooklyn. They are also newly available in DC (Society Fair and Sona, as of this writing), and local readers can taste them at Glen’s Garden Market in Dupont tomorrow night, Friday 10/24, 5:30-7:30pm.

Disclosure: I received two free samples for review purposes, but we also purchased two wheels ourselves and plan to purchase many more. As always, all opinions are our own.

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Aaahhh, fall at last. I have so many wonderful summer memories to share with you all, so many new cheeses that graced our cheeseboards and earned our adoration. Enough to fill a book, you might say. {wink} But first, there are some pretty exciting cheese festivals coming up this fall that we wanted to let you know about, in case you’re already itching to book a cheesetastic weekend away. (Or lucky enough to have one of these in your own backyard.)

Massachusetts Cheese Guild Meet the Cheesemakers

Concord, Massachusetts

First up is a mixer of the fledgling Massachusetts Cheese Guild this Thursday, September 18. Join Guild members for an al fresco evening of cheese tasting at Verrill Farm in Concord, Mass. Get your ticket here, or learn more about the Guild. {We’ve featured a few Massachusetts cheeses here, but there are so many more we need to try!}

Washington Cheesemakers Festival 2014

Seattle, Washington

Next up, the Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival on Saturday, September 27, in Seattle, Washington. More than 20 cheesemakers from around the state will be participating, including Jill’s most recent crush, Mountain Lodge Farm and more. Festival goers can also reserve seats in a guided tasting seminar with Sheri LaVigne of Seattle’s Calf & Kid. For even more cheese feasting, there will be a Cheesemakers Dinner at Trattoria Cuoco on September 23. Head to the Festival website for tickets and additional details.

Southern Artisan Cheese Festival 2014

Nashville, Tennessee

If you’re not on the West Coast, you’re in luck! The Southern Artisan Cheese Festival is also Saturday, September 27, in Nashville, Tennessee. Cheesemakers and food artisans from eight states, Virginia down to Alabama, will gather in the historic Neuhoff Building in Nashville to celebrate Southern cheese. Plenty of Southern craft beer will be poured while you mingle and sample cheeses from Caromont Farm, Sequatchie Cove Creamery, Many Fold Farm and many more. Start your weekend with a Curds and Cocktails kick-off the night before. Get ticket info here.

If you attend one of these events, please hop on over to the Cheese and Champagne Facebook page and tell us your favorite cheese finds!

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Pacific Northwest Goats: Mountain Lodge Farm’s Glacier and Rivers Edge Chèvre’s Sunset Bay

August 19, 2014

Another trip to Seattle, another cheese-scouting expedition in the books. As always, a highlight of my annual visit to my parents were my excursions to local cheese shops Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and the Calf & Kid. And I don’t know if it’s a pregnancy thing or what, but I mostly had my eyes on goat [...]

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Smoked Maple Blue Peaches

August 17, 2014

If there’s one food I might eat more often than cheese, if only they were available year-round, it would be peaches. Our local donut peaches, in particular, which I have to buy two baskets of at a time to stand a chance of getting any before my curd kids devour them. Of course, I often [...]

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The Shock Heard ‘Round the Cheese World: Rush Creek Reserve no more?

August 15, 2014

There’s a saying in DC, that no good news comes on a Friday afternoon in August. With Congress in recess and journalists on vacation, it’s the best time to announce an unpopular rulemaking or action to less rapid scrutiny. If cheesemaker Andy Hatch of Uplands Cheese was hoping for such an effect, he understimated the [...]

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Best of Show 2014: Tarentaise Reserve

August 1, 2014

The cheese Oscars — aka the American Cheese Society Judging & Competition — took place last night and we’re thrilled to announce the 2014 Best of Show winners. As Jill wrote about Tarentaise Reserve several months ago: “I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t love Tarentaise Reserve. Like many Alpine-style cheeses, it’s made [...]

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The American Cheese Plate 2014

July 31, 2014

As Jill mentioned earlier this week, we’re not at the American Cheese Society conference this year. It’s especially sad as the theme of this year’s event, taking place right now in Sacramento, California, is “Celebrating the American Cheese Plate.” Which, as y’all know, is what we do all year long here on Cheese & Champagne. [...]

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Alemar Cheese Company’s Blue Earth, Minnesota

July 28, 2014

Colleen and I are mourning the fact that neither of us are attending the American Cheese Society Annual Conference this year. Alas, thousands of miles (and dollars) separate us from cheese nirvana in Sacramento. But while we’ll be following along with conference shenanigans via social media this week, I’ll also be consoling myself with a [...]

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Vermont Cheesemakers Festival 2014

July 11, 2014

I came back from CheeseMania NYC — aka the Cheesemonger Invitational + summer Fancy Food Show — and suddenly it was already July. Which means we’re just days away from the sixth annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, held July 20 at Shelburne Farms on the shore of Lake Champlain. The historic coach barn will welcome 40 [...]

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Jacobs & Brichford’s Ameribella, Indiana

July 1, 2014

I was going to post about Ameribella last month, but how could we not feature such a patriotically named cheese on Independence Day week? Especially a cheese as powerful and pungent as this – if the American troops couldn’t banish the British on their own, surely this cheese could have done the job. Despite hailing [...]

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