Rogue Creamery's cheesemaking roots date back to the 1930s when Tom Vella, founder of the Vella Cheese Factory in Sonoma, California, decided to open a creamery in Southern Oregon in the midst of the Depression. The creamery created a wealth of jobs for the area, and soon came to focus almost exclusively on making blue cheese. In the early 2000s, Tom's son, Ig, sold Rogue Creamery to David Gremmels and Cary Bryant, who continue to uphold the practices and principles of artisan cheesemaking as established by the Vellas.
Echo Mountain is a seasonal cheese that is made using a blend of raw cow and goat milk. It is dense, creamy and complex, with a tangy goat's milk flavor that is apparent but not overwhelming. With bold earthy flavors, it is rich and lively on the pallet.
1st Place - Rindless Blue-Veined Made from Sheep's Milk or Mixed Milks - 2010 ACS competition
Farm / Company: Rogue Creamery
Cheesemaker: Cary Bryant
Proprietor: David Gremmels & Cary Bryant
City, State: Central Point, Oregon
Milk Type: Blended
Milk Treatment: Raw
Aging: 6 months
Size(s): 5-pound wheel