American Cheese Society

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Heralded Cheeses

The scoop on what’s behind the world’saward-winning cheeses. You’re standing in front of a sea of cheese choices at your favorite retailer. Maybe you are looking for something new in an old favorite. Or something out-of-the-board from what you normally put together. Or a way to wow friends coming over

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LE GRUYÈRE AOP: An Award-winning Cheese

Find out what sets Le Gruyère AOP apart. If Michael Spycher, cheesemaker at Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus in Bern, Switzerland, said he felt on top of the world last March, he wouldn’t have been exaggerating. He was. It was March 3, to be specific, in Madison, WI, at the 34th annual

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Cheesemaker Profiles

A Cheese Education

Washington State University teaches a can-do attitude in its cheese program. In 2005, there were fewer than 10 registered cheesemakers in Washington State, but since that time, it has grown to more than 50, with cheese selections being vast. While the number includes cheeses from small family farms and artisan

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A Cheese Lover’s Road Trip

10 top places to visit nationwide for cheese lovers. Meet cows. Watch curds separate from whey. Sample cheese and cheese cuisine. Whether you’re ready for a day trip or cross country fromage expedition, there are incredible ways for cheese lovers to immerse themselves in their foodie favorite. Here’s a sampling

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Centerfold Cheeses

Ferndale Farmstead’s Roundbale

According to Ferndale Farmstead’s cheesemaker Daniel Wavrin, it was 2019 when the “stars aligned” and Roundbale completed the creamery’s offerings of Italian-style heritage cheeses. Located in Ferndale, WA, this cheese producer makes pasta filata and aged Italian-style cheese in the manner of fresh mozzarella, Scamorza and Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana

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Haystack Mountain Creamery’s Cashmere

Longmont, CO’s Haystack Mountain Creamery was providing Whole Foods Market with goat milk cheese, when the retailer’s vice president of specialty Cathy Strange reached out. “Whole Foods had carried our goat’s milk cheese for a long time, but due to labor issues, stopped carrying it,” says Jackie Chang, who has

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Where's my Cheese?

New Mexico

Artisan Goat Cheeses of New Mexico

With cheese from New Mexico, the environment makes the differenceExtreme diversity distinguishes the southwest from other U.S. Regions. I-40 (old Route 66) splits the Southwest into two distinct environments: the northern divide has cool climates, tall pines and mountainous terrain, for example, in Santa Fe and Flagstaff. The southern divide

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Richmond: Cheeses Abound in this Foodie-centric City

Take a tour of a region filled with history and traditionThe stately city of Richmond lies at the heart of Virginia’s agricultural region. Given that local chefs and food producers have access to the finest fresh ingredients, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the community of 220,000 is experiencing a renaissance in

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Cheeses Of The Beehive State

The quietly growing, deliciously quirky world of Utah cheese
There are plenty of things utah is known for: wacky liquor laws, hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics, superior dental hygiene à la the Osmond family, and phenomenal light-as-air powder widely proclaimed as “The Greatest Snow on Earth.”

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Guest Columnists


Eating Out

Raising the Bar

Murray’s Cheese Bar LIC opens a Long Island City flagship restaurant combined with a retail store and its first full-service bar. Murray’s Cheese has expanded greatly since it was first opened as a single-store retailer located in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1940. Today, in addition to its original

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Liquid Indulgence


Wine from Long Island

See what treasures this unique region has to offerCelebrated wine aficionado, Ron Kapon, who is known in wine circles as the Peripatetic Oenophile — the traveling wine expert — answers questions that Cheese Connoisseur readers have asked.

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Cooking with Cheese

Fondue Entree - Roth Cheese

Fondue Re-Do   

See how this favorite has been updated for today’s taste preferences.Recently, I’ve noticed fondue sets, including a pot, table stand with burner and color-coated forks, are being sold in cookware shops and online again. I say “again” because a couple of times in my past, serving fondue was all the

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Retailer Profile

A Labor of Love

Best friends and goat.sheep.cow owners Patty Floersheimer and Trudi Wagner have created a Charleston, SC cheese destination. Even though Patty Floersheimer initially came into the cheese industry as a novice, it was her and best friend and business partner Trudi Wagner’s passion that has propelled them into being successful cheese

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