Created in 2011, this cheese is called "Shepherdista" which is a play on the words 'shepherd' and 'fashionista' as inspired by cheesemaker Seana's commitment to infuse some style and flair into her new-found agricultural pursuits....silver farm boots? Damn right. Wearing lipgloss when hauling milk cans? Of course. Shepherdista is made exclusively from the milk of dairy sheep who live and graze freely on open pastures. The cheese is made by hand and then aged for at least 3 months on wood shelves. We let the rind develop naturally and spontaneously - it's molds gone wild. In the humid cave-like conditions of our aging room, the cheeses are turned and patted every few days, encouraging the natural molds of our region to take up residence on the rind. The microbial community that develops on the rind changes somewhat through the seasons, so the rinds on cheeses made in August may look a bit different than rinds from cheeses made in May, and we love that! The supple ivory paste has a few holes and contrasts beautifully with the stone-colored molds on the natural rind. With subtle grassy notes and a pleasant tang that only sheep milk can provide, Shepherdista is perfect on it's own paired with a light red wine or slightly acidic white wine, some crackers and fruit, but it's also the perfect candidate for a super chic grilled cheese or great shaved into a salad.
- SILVER MEDAL WINNER, CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR 2012
- GOLD MEDAL WINNER, CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR 2013
- GOLD MEDAL WINNER, CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR 2014
- BRONZE MEDAL WINNER WORLD CHEESE AWARDS 2014
- GOLD MEDAL WINNER, CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR 2015
- GOLD MEDAL WINNER, CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR 2016
- 1ST PLACE RIBBON, AMERICAN CHEESE SOCIETY 2016