oil on wood, 12x16"

Rupert, original artwork by Mike Geno

From the Cheese Portraits series.

This handsome wheel was sent to me from Consider Bardwell Farm in West Pawlet, Vermont. Leslie Goff, the cheesemaker at CBF shared with me that Rupert was first devleloped about 10 years ago and was the largest of its size made by an American artisanal cheesemaker. It weighs around 25-30 lbs and was joked that it's a "whale" of a cheese. A creative couple then working at the creamery had fun introducing the cut out plastic stamp to produce the embossed whale on the rind of each wheel and it has become a part of its identity since. This raw cow's milk cheese is modeled after great European Alpine cheeses like Gruyere and Comte. It certainly shares with them the delicious, nutty sharp depth of flavor likely a result of being aged from 6-12 months. This long aging cheese, appropriately, was named after one of Vermonts oldest towns, settled in 1761.

Origin: USA,Vermont

Price: $900

Detail View:

Detail View of Rupert, original artwork by Mike Geno