Monthly archive for July2013

American Cheese Society Best of Show 2009 & 2011: Rogue Creamery, Rogue River Blue

The story of Rogue Creamery has a few more twists and turns than many of the creameries we have talked about during this series. Perhaps all those unexpected paths were necessary so that we could experience the rich and unique flavors of two-time ACS Best…

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ACS Best of Show 2008: Carr Valley Snow White Goat Cheddar

When a creamery takes home the Best in Show honor once, it can launch them into stratospheric demand. On the rare occasion that a cheesemaker is crowned Best in Show on two different occasions – and for two different cheeses – it is a tremendous…

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ACS Best of Show 2007: Leelanau Aged Raclette

By now, any reader of this blog series should be convinced that some truly amazing cheeses are being made right here in the U.S. every single day. And while we certainly appreciate and celebrate that fact, some of these American cheeses have European roots that…

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ACS Best of Show 2006: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar

The history of Cabot Creamery Cooperative and the Cellars at Jasper Hill are very different, but a desire to bring great cheese to Vermont and better lives to Vermont dairy farmers remains at the heart of both businesses. Their ultimate collaboration on the ACS Best…

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ACS Best of Show 2004: Carr Valley Gran Canaria

Wisconsin is always a lead contender for blue ribbons at the ACS competition and there is no more decorated cheesemaker in the competition than Wisconsin cheesemaker Sid Cook of Carr Valley Cheese. At more than one awards ceremony, he has been advised to “stay close”…

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ACS Best of Show 2003: Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk

If you haven’t already noticed from the names that have popped up over the course of this blog series, women are in no short supply in the contemporary American artisan cheese movement. In fact, women have played key roles in American dairies from the very…

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ACS Best of Show 2002: Achadinha Capricious

  Any lover of American wines is intimately familiar with the Sonoma region of California that regularly produces some of the best wines to come out of our country. What oenophiles may not know is that the area has a rich tradition of other agriculture…

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ACS Best of Show 2001, 2005, 2010: Extra Aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve

You will never get too far talking about American cheeses without mentioning America’s Dairyland: Wisconsin, and for good reason. Wisconsin was one of the first major dairy producers in the country and continues to contribute to a significant percentage of American dairy products. This rich…

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American Cheese Society Best of Show 2000: Vermont Shepherd Verano

In the early 1990s, the artisanal cheese industry in the United States was much different than it is today. But the dearth of small batch cheeses did not stop David Major at Major Farms from pushing forward in his efforts. Today, David and his family…

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American Cheese Society Best of Show 1999: Roth Grand Cru Surchoix

While cheesemaking in the United States has made great strides in the last few decades, Europe has been the center of cheesemaking tradition for centuries. When we find a cheese that has deep roots in Europe but has managed to make the long journey across…

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