2010 American Cheese Society Awards :: Northwest Winners

Northwest cheesemakers took home 42 awards last night at the American Cheese Society Competition Awards and Festival of Cheese - well over the 26 received collectively last year. This year's competition was the largest in the organization's history, with 1,462 cheeses competing for the top prize. Especially strong for the Northwest in 2010 were the fresh cheeses and cultured products categories, with local cheesemakers taking prizes in categories like creme fraiche, fresh chevre and yogurt. Here's the full breakdown:

Overall Best in Show

Uplands Cheese Co. Pleasant Ridge Reserve Extra Aged (Wisconsin)

Runners Up:

Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery Bonne Bouche (Vermont)

Farms for City Kids Foundation Spring Brook Farm Tarantaise (Vermont)

update: download the entire awards brochure  --->  2010 ACS Judging and Competition Results.


Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese (ID)
1st  & 3rd Place Flavored Cheddar (Savory & Spicy)
Truffle & Salt Cheddar (1) and Idaho Pepper Cheddar (3)
Beecher's Handmade Cheese (WA)
3rd Place Original Recipe Sheep's Milk

2nd Place Cheddar (Savory & Spicy)
Marco Polo Reserve

1st Place Cheddar Aged 25-48mo
Four Year Flagship

3rd Place Cheddar Wrapped in Cloth Aged >12mo
Flagship Reserve

Black Sheep Creamery (WA)
1st Place Farmstead Sheep's Milk Aged >60days
Queso de Oveja

Estrella Family Creamery (WA)
2nd Place Flavored (Peppers)
Jalapeno Buttery

1st Place Smoked Italian Styles

1st Place Washed Rind (Sheep's or Mixed Milks)
Caldwell Crik Chevrette

Jacobs Creamery (WA)
3rd Place Creme Fraiche (Cow's Milk)
Creme Fraiche

Kootenay Alpine Cheese Co. (BC)
2nd Place x 2 - Cow's Milk Cheeses Open Cat. Aged >60days
Alpindon and Nostrala

Mt. Townsend Creamery  (WA)
1st Place Soft Ripened Cheeses (Cow's Milk)

2nd Place American Originals - Monterey Jack
New Moon

Mystery Bay Farm (WA)
1st Place Fresh Goat's Milk Cheeses (flavored)
Chevre w/ Thyme and White Pepper

Ochoa Cheese Factory (OR)
2nd Place Hispanic Cheeses Fresh Unripened
Queso Oaxaca

Rivers Edge Chevre  (OR)
3rd Place, Soft Ripened Cheeses, Flavor Added
Sunset Bay

1st Place Original Recipe, Goat's Milk
Mayor of Nye Beach

Rogue Creamery (OR)
1st Place Flavored Cheddar (Sweet Flavorings)
Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale Cheddar

1st Place Blue Vein/Mixed Milk
Echo Mountain Blue

2nd Place Blue Vein Cow's Milk, External Coating or Rind
Rogue River Blue

Samish Bay Cheese Co. (WA)
1st Place Fresh Unripened Cheeses

3rd Place Farmstead Flavor Added/ All Milk
Ladysmith with Chives

3rd Place Cultured Milk Products
Yogurt Cheese (Labneh)

Silver Springs Creamery (WA)
1st Place Farmstead Goat's Milk Aged >60days
Big "D"

1st Place Yogurts - All Milks
Jersey Yogurt

Tillamook County Creamery Assn. (OR)
3rd Place Cheddar (Aged btwn 12-14 mo)
Yellow Extra Sharp Cheddar

3rd Place Flavored Cheddar (Savory & Spicy)
Garlic Chili Pepper Cheddar

2nd and 3rd Place Cheddar Aged < 12 mo
Yellow Sharp Cheddar (2) and White Medium Cheddar (3)

Tumalo Farms (OR)
2nd Place American Made/International Style - Flavor Added

2nd and 3rd Place - Flavored Cheeses (Herbs/All Milks)
Remembrance (2) and Antigo (3)

1st Place Flavored Cheeses (Peppercorns/All Milks)

3rd Place Farmstead Goat's Milk Aged >60days

Willamette Valley Cheese Co. (OR)
3rd Place Original Recipe Cow's Milk
Brindisi Fontina

1st Place Original Recipe Sheep's Milk

3rd Place American Made/Dutch Style
Farmstead Gouda

1st Place Flavor Added Havarti
Horseradish Havarti

3rd Place Flavor Added Monterey Jack (Cow's Milk)
Smoked Pepper & Chive Jack

Willapa Hills Cheese Co. (WA)
2nd Place Blue Vein Sheep's Milk or Mixed MIlk
Two Faced Blue