Wine Country’s Big Cheeses Win Big Awards

What better place to be last weekend than Cheese-a-Topia, the American Cheese Society’s annual gathering in Seattle. SoCo and surrounding environs were well represented, winning dozens of awards from more than 1462 entries. ┬áCheeesemakers from 225 companies, 34 states, Mexico and Canada entered.

Here are some of the big winners.

Bellwether Farms
- Fromage Blanc (1st)
- Creme Fraiche (1st)
- Blueberry Sheep Milk Yogurt (3rd)

Cowgirl Creamery
- Inverness (3rd)
- Mt. Tam (2nd)
- Devil’s Gulch (3rd)

Vella Cheese Co
- Orro Secco


Epicurean Connection

- Delice de la Vallee (1st)

Marin French Cheese
- Rouge et Noir Breakfast Cheese (2nd)
- Le Petit Dejeuner (3rd)
- Rouge et Nour Quark Plain (3rd)
- Rouge et Noir Brie (2nd)
- Rouge et Noir Camembert (3rd)
- Marin French Chevre (1st)
- La Petite Creme (3rd)
- Schlosskranz (1st)
- Marin Chevre Blue (3rd)
- Melange Blue (3rd)

Cypress Grove Chevre
- Humbolt Fog (3rd)
- Chrevre Log (1st)
- Fresh Chevre (2nd)

McClelland’s Dairy
- European Style Organic Artisan Butter (3rd)

Redwood Hill
- California Crottin (2nd)
- Goatmilk Cheddar (3rd)
- Mango Orange Pineapple Kefir (1st)
- Blueberry Pomegranate Acai Kefir (2nd)

Congrats to all!

Author: biteclub

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6 Comments

  1. great suggestion, thanks for bringing it to our attention- esp the fact that the goats milk is not gamy

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  2. Ah, confirmation of what my palette already knows ;-) I feed the guest I take on various tours local cheese every time and they love it, the favorite is a tie between
    Marin Cheese Co Cemembert
    Matoe’s St George

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  3. Hooray for goat cheese! I feel so lucky to have easy access to Bellwether Farms, Cypress Grove and Redwood Hill goat and sheep products. They have been a true savior once I finally admitted to myself that yes, I am lactose-intolerant. Now my mornings are once again filled with yogurt (it’s a bit goat-y) and my salads are filled with yummy chevre.

    Congrats to the winners!

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    • Kate, try Redwood Hill sheep milk yogurt! It’s my favorite yogurt in general, and not a bit gamy.

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      • Thanks for the suggestion! Where do I find it? I typically buy the goat’s milk yogurt at Pacific Market.

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        • You can find Bellwether Farms sheep’s milk yogurt at almost every good market these days (Oliver’s, Whole Foods). It’s super-delicious and not too sweet. Liam and Di, you should have taken 1st for Carmody (every once in awhile Oliver’s has the Carmody Reserve…HEAVEN!) and, my personal fav, Pepato. Congratulations on a great show!!

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