Visitor Monitoring
We’ll keep you in the loop on new cheese & deals!
And we’ll never sell or share your info.

Uplands Cheese Company
Rush Creek Reserve

The best-regarded cheesemaker in the United States has begun making a cheese based on Vacherin Mont d'Or, possibly the most sought-after cheese in the world. This is big news. And it makes total sense - the raw winter milk from their pastured herd of cows is less plentiful and of a quality that's better suited to a younger, softer cheese, so they've done exactly what the French & Swiss have been doing for centuries: binding small wheels in spruce bark and washing them for sixty days to produce an astoundingly unctuous, resiny, bacony delight. Best served warm, with a bottle of oxidized white wine, crusty bread, and potatoes.

Just the facts

Country USA
Region Wisconsin
Maker Uplands Cheese Company
Milk Type Cow
Pasteurization Unpasteurized
Rennet Type Animal
Age 2 - 4 months
Cheese Type One of a Kind
Wheel Weight 12 ounces
Pairing Recommendations

Pour a glass of...

  • Hoppy Beers

    Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Red Ale

    Hops, glorious hops! Think of hops as the seasoning for beer: they lend the bitter yin to balance malt’s sugary yang. In IPAs and other hoppy beers this humble flower takes center stage. Flavors range from grassy to grapefruit, earthy and dry to resinous pine, depending on which hop varietals are used.
    Pair with: Cheeses with enough body to stand up to the bitterness, like clothbound cheddar or aged Gouda.

Meet The Maker

The Patenaude and Gingrich families of southwestern Wisconsin spent years as neighbors, tending separate farms, but joined forces in 1994 to create the Uplands Cheese Company. Together, they built a dairy that culled knowledge from the deep reservoir of Wisconsin cheese making traditions that have been passed down from the Alpine cheesemakers who emigrated to the area over the past two hundred years. The proof is in the raw milk from their grass-fed herd—pure and simple. This careful attention to craftsmanship and tradition is apparent in their exceptionally flavorful, seasonally produced cheeses, Pleasant Ridge (and Pleasant Ridge Extra Aged) and Rush Creek Reserve. Both are based on Alpage recipes (Gruyere and Vacherin Mont D’Or, respectively) but tailored to Uplands’ own milk supply that picks up its unique nuances from the diverse range of native grasses, legumes and herbs that grow on their hillsides.

Rush Creek Reserve zoom

Makes a great cheese plate with...