Cheese CONNOISSEUR - Centerfold Cheeses

Best in Class

The unique and creative Rogue River Blue from Rogue Creamery in Oregon won Best Cheese in the World at the World Cheese Competition held in Bergamo, Italy. It also is our Centerfold cheese, starting on page 26. This is an amazing cheese and all cheese lovers should strive to taste

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A Coveted Blue Rogue Creamery’s iconic Rogue River Blue Cheese recently achieved a monumental first for the American specialty and farmstead cheese industry: it won the coveted title of World Champion Cheese at the 2019 World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy.

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Boonts Corners

The corners was one of the original names of Boonville, the tiny Mendocino County, California enclave first located at the corner of Highways 128 and 253. Due to the small size of the town, one could easily miss it driving through the area. That is not the case for its

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Basque Esquirrou


There is a reason Esquirrou (pronounced ehs-keer-oo and meaning ‘bell’ in france’s béarnaise dialect) bested a record-breaking 3,402 entries from 26 countries in the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest, held in Madison, WI.

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St Pete's Select Blue Cheese

Caves of Faribault’s St. Pete’s Select

Named after the caves in which it is aged, St. Pete’s Select from Caves of Faribault in Faribault, MN, has quite a history behind it. It was 1936 when a series of 13 sandstone caves in Minnesota were commandeered by Felix Frederiksen for Blue cheese aging. The conditions were ideal.

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BelGioioso Cheese’s Crescenza-Stracchino

The master cheesemakers at Belgioioso Cheese began crafting Crescenza-Stracchino with a purpose a few years ago, mostly to fill the need of a customer’s request. That purpose soon turned into a passion, as the talented group of cheesemakers at the company’s Langes Corners plant in Denmark, WI, fell in love

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avalanche cheese

Avalanche’s Hand Bandaged Goat Cheddar Slides to Success

It may be surprising to some that Aspen, CO-based Avalanche Cheese’s much lauded Hand Bandaged Goat Cheddar was inspired by not just traditional English Cheddars, but also Scottish cheesemakers. Yet, it was 2006, the year Wendy Mitchell, the dairy’s co-founder and head cheesemaker spent living in Edinburgh, Scotland that served

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St. Malachi

St. Malachi Reserve: Award-Winning Originality

Like its namesake, a centuries-old Catholic church nestled in a primarily Protestant section of Coatesville, PA, The Farm at Doe Run’s St. Malachi Reserve cheese stands apart in the cheese world. “This cheese doesn’t fit into a category in terms of cheese type,” says Matthew Hettlinger, who serves as the

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Chandoka wheel

Chandoka: A Complex Collaboration

Patterned after New Zealand Cheddar, cave-aged Chandoka by LaClare Farms is the result of a successful collaboration between Pipe, WI-based cheesemaker LaClare Farms, which makes the cheese, and Chicago-area retailer Standard Market, which ages it.

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