Vtopian Aged White Cheddar

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Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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Of the Vtopian cheeses we’ve tried so far, this one was our favorite.

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The pepper gives this cheddar-flavored cheese a bit of a kick, and ironically we found this aged white cheddar to be sharper in flavor than Vtopian’s sharp cheddar (unlike the sharp cheddar and the caramelized onion camembert, this cheese contains no soy yogurt and doesn’t have the sweetness of the other two).

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While this delicious cheese is firm and easy to slice, it also softens nicely to spread on bread or crackers.

aged white cheddar

If you’re looking for a yummy, soft cheddar, we highly recommend this one. And not only can you buy online, but Vtopian is expanding into stores all over the west; click here to find these cheeses in a shop near you.

Vtopian Sharp Cheddar

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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We were glad to have the opportunity to try another Vtopian cheese — sharp cheddar.

sharp cheddar

Like the other Vtopian cheeses we’ve tried, this one tasted more sweet than sharp (as with the caramelized onion camembert, this one contains soy-based yogurt). As Dana pointed out, “That’s what you get cheese for, the kick.”

Yet despite not being as sharp as we’d expected, this cheese still had a wonderfully cheesy texture.

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We paired this wine, by the way, with Trinity Oaks Pinot Noir, one of our favorite vegan reds.

Vtopian Caramelized Onion Camembert

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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Today we present Vtopian‘s Caramelized Onion Camembert.

caramelized onionThis cheese wedge, thanks to its caramelized onion topping, is quite sweet and would make a great dessert cheese.

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In general, we noticed that Vtopian cheeses have a longer list of ingredients than either Treeline or Mikoyo’s (which generally have under ten ingredients), and the sweetness in this wedge seems to come from the soy-based yogurt. Despite the sweetness of this cheese, the total sugar is less than 1 gram per 1-ounce serving. And the major ingredients of Vtopian cheeses are organic.

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We had a lovely vegan-friendly wine — Guenoc Victorian Claret — which, thanks to its complexity and spice, made a great pairing with this sweetish cheese.

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Vtopian Macadamia and Cashew Camembert

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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Our latest adventures in vegan cheese tasting include Vtopian artisan cheeses, based out of Eugene, Oregon.

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First we sampled Vtopian’s Macadamia and Cashew Camembert. This cheese is smooth, creamy, and slightly sweet.

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Dana picked up our Vtopian cheeses at Portland’s Food Fight Grocery…but you can also order Vtopian online.

And follow Vtopian on Twitter (@VtopianCheeses) to keep track of where you can find these cheeses…they’re now in Whole Foods in Portland’s Pearl District, and according to a recent tweet, a Vtopia Vegan Cheese Shop and Deli will be openingĀ  soon in Portland. We can’t wait.

Stay tuned…we’ll soon be reviewing three additional Vtopian cheeses!

Food Fight’s cheese selection…

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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A visit to Portland isn’t complete without a visit to Food Fight…and now I must also add the fact that a visit will not be complete unless I have a large cooler and a straight trip home. The abundance of vegan cheeses I wanted to try is amazing…

onion camembert

I have yet to see a camembert -style cheese in another grocery store, so I can’t wait to try what Vtopian offers.

chive & dill

For those not within reasonable distance of Food Fight, visit the Vtopian website, where you can order these magnificent cheeses online.

brie

The Vtopian site offers an even greater selection — including a maple seitan cheeseball and dark chocolate strawberry brie, for the adventurous and sweet-toothed — but to me, these basics look far more appealing.

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Vtopian is, not surprisingly, based in vegan-friendly Eugene, Oregon — all cheeses are hand-crafted from organic ingredients.

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Vtopian cheeses are mostly cashew-based, but I am looking forward to sampling this macadamia-nut cheese, in this camembert below.

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If you’re in Portland, visit and support Food Fight — and if not, look for these delicious cheeses here.