ACS 2009 — Best of Show


Anyone who follows cheese probably already knows this but this years American Cheese Society winner – and one of my all-time favorite cheeses – was Rogue River Blue from the Rogue Creamery in Central Point Oregon. It’s a seasonal, raw milk, blue wrapped in brandy-soaked grape leaves. It’s intense, creamy, and sweet. It’s one of the best cheeses – not just in the USA – but anywhere.

Cary and David, owners of Rogue Creamery. Congratulations!

Here’s the Rogue River Blue on the judging table. Sorry for the non-artisitc picture. I didn’t know it had won at that point:

One of the funny things about judging is that the winners aren’t announced for a few days so we have to keep it a secret. When Cary sat down next to me at a lunch I was terrified I’d say something by accident. “Dud-duh-duh, nice weather, eh?”

2nd Place went to Cowgirl Creamery for Red Hawk, a past Best of Show winner. Awesome washed-rind at the height of ripeness. They may hate me for posting this, but look at the excited Cowgirls!

3rd place was a tie with Sid Cook’s Cave-aged Mellage and Consider Bardwell’s Ruppert (ha! I mentioned their cheeses last year too. They actually have their own website now)

Congrats everyone!

3 responses to “ACS 2009 — Best of Show

  1. I remember a drop-dead delicious blue that made it to the finals at the Burlington VT ACS competition(actually, I remember several). Do you know if the Rogue River Blue has done well before?

  2. In Vermont it was one of their other blues that won a first in category (I just looked it up… it was their Echo Mountain in the mixed milk blue category). I don’t know if the Rogue River ever won anything at ACS before. It did win Best Blue in the London World Cheese Championships in the early part of this decade though.

  3. Pingback: Cheese of the Week: Rogue River Blue and Coupole | Gordon ("Zola") Edgar

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