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  • Writer's pictureMichael Landis

Rewarding the World’s Best Cheese Makers

2019 was a spectacular year for the American Artisan Cheese makers. Rogue Creamery won the highest honor in cheese scoring 100 points at the World Cheese Awards for their Rogue River blue, to be the best cheese in the world and first American made cheese to win this top honor. In July at the International Cheese Awards Jasper Hill Farm took the Reserve Champion with their Bayley Hazen Blue along with 3 Trophies that have never been awarded to an American Cheese Maker and making them the second-best cheese in the world. Also, at the International Cheese Awards Carr Valley Cheese Co took home the trophy for the Best USA Cheese for their Glacier Penta Crème five-creme blue. 3 American Blues, 3 of the best blues in the world.

The American Cheese makers have been producing amazing cheeses for a long time and now they are getting the recognition that they deserve Internationally. So how do we reward these and the other cheese makers that are winning these amazing and well-deserved awards? Go to your local grocery store and ask the Deli Manager, Cheesemonger or their American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional to bring these and their other cheeses into the specialty cheese case so everyone can experience these and other amazing American Artisan Cheeses.

Why don’t we see them in the case already? Most deli managers are concerned if they bring in these higher priced cheeses that the will go unsold and have to shrink the cheeses. However, if you are asking for them to bring them in, they have a buyer for the cheeses, reducing that risk and knowing that someone will appreciate and love these fantastic cheese. You can be the change that brings these and other American Artisan cheeses into the grocery stores specialty cheese cases.

Let’s reward these hard working, dedicated American cheese makers and get these award-winning cheeses to our tables, cheeseboards & recipes at home!

Here's the list of American Artisan Cheeses that won at the 2019 International Cheese Awards

The American Artisan Cheesemakers took home 45 Awards!

12 – Gold Awards

16 – Silver Awards

10 – Bronze Awards

7 – Very Highly Commended Awards

3 Trophies for Jasper Hill Farms Bayley Hazen Blue

• Paul-Smith Palmer Memorial Trophy Reserve Supreme Champion

• The Champion Overseas Trophy

• Chr Hansen Perpetual Challenge Cup

The Best USA Cheese trophy

• Carr Valley Cheese Co Penta Crème

Here’s the results

Beecher's Handmade Cheese Flagship Reserve Bronze

Beehive Cheese Apple Walnut Smoked Very Highly Commended

Belle Chevre Fig Cream Cheese Bronze

Belle Chevre Cheesecake Silver

Carr Valley Cheese Co Penta Crème Gold

Carr Valley Cheese Co Smoked Glacier Blue Silver

Carr Valley Cheese Co Chèvre au Lait Silver

Carr Valley Cheese Co Black Sheep Truffle Silver

Carr Valley Cheese Co Sweet Vanilla Cardona Silver

Carr Valley Cheese Co Wildfire Blue Bronze

Carr Valley Cheese Co Cave Aged Marisa Bronze

Carr Valley Cheese Co Snow White Goat Cheddar Very Highly Commended

Cypress Grove Chevre Humboldt Fog Gold

Cypress Grove Chevre Truffle Tremor Bronze

Dairy Farmers of America Cheddar Cow’s Milk Gold

Grafton Bear Hill Gold

Grafton Clothbound Cheddar Gold

Grafton Clothbound Cheddar Reserve Silver

Holland Family Farms Marieke Smoked Gouda Gold

Holland Family Farms Marieke Gouda (6-9 Months) Silver

Jasper Hill Farm Bayley Hazen Blue Gold

Jasper Hill Farm Alpha Tolman Very Highly Commended

Meadow Creek Grayson Very Highly Commended

Rogue Creamery Jefferson Cheddar Silver

Rogue Creamery Crater Lake Blue Silver

Sartori Reserve SarVecchio Gold

Sartori Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat Gold

Sartori Reserve Merlot BellaVitano Silver

Sartori Reserve Balsamic BellaVitano Bronze

Sartori Reserve Espresso BellaVitano Bronze

Schuman Cheese Monteau Bronze

Schuman Cheese Tuscan Rubbed Fontina Bronze

Schuman Cheese Altu Silver

Schuman Cheese Tuscan Rubbed Fontina Silver

Schuman Cheese Cello Organic Copper Kettle Silver

Spring Brook Farm Ashbrook Gold

The Artisan Cheese Exchange The Night Walker Gold

The Artisan Cheese Exchange The Night Walker Silver

The Artisan Cheese Exchange The Stag Very Highly Commended

The Artisan Cheese Exchange The Stag Very Highly Commended

Tillamook Creamery Makers Reserve Cheddar 2013 Gold

Tillamook Creamery Vintage White X-Sharp Silver

Tillamook Creamery Cape Meares Cheddar Silver