Wisconsin Wins Best of Show at American Cheese Society Competition

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by Wisconsin Cheese

The annual American Cheese Society conference and competition took place in Seattle, Washington, August 24 – 28.

Best of Show went to Extra Aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve by Uplands Cheese in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Pleasant Ridge Reserve is a farmstead alpine-style artisan cheese made with raw milk from grass-fed cows, in the summer, while the cows are on pasture. Highly acclaimed, it was recently featured in an Outstanding in the Field, farm-to-table dinner, which cheesemaker, Andy Hatch, attended and spoke about the cheese.

This is the third Best of Show win for Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve at the American Cheese Society competition, having previously won in 2001 and 2005. Pleasant Ridge Reserve is the only cheese in the history of the American Cheese Society competition to win Best of Show three times.

Extra Aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve is aged for over a year and available in the fall and early winter. Uplands Cheese is getting ready to introduce a “winter” cheese in November, available through February, called Rush Creek Reserve.

In addition to Uplands Cheese’s success, cheesemakers across Wisconsin were victorious at the competition.

Out of the 1,462 total entries from 34 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, Wisconsin cheesemakers won 98 awards, approximately 1/3 of the total awarded, including 29 firsts, 36 seconds and 33 third places.

Congratulations to all Wisconsin cheesemakers for an outstanding performance at the 2010 American Cheese Society competition. For a complete list of Wisconsin  winners reference the lists below. For more information about Wisconsin Cheese at the American Cheese Society competition visit EatWisconsinCheese.com. For a complete list of American Cheese Society competition winners visit CheeseSociety.org.

First Place Wisconsin Cheese Winners


Lactalis American Group, Inc (Belmont, WI) 1 kg Brie
Klondike Cheese Co. Brick
Saxon Homestead Creamery Green Fields
Widmer’s Cheese Cellars Traditional Colby
Sartori Foods Sartori Reserve BellaVitano Gold
Edelweiss Creamery Cellar Aged Grass Based Gouda
Edelweiss Creamery Grass Based Emmentaler
Holland’s Family Cheese LLC Marieke Gouda Onion Garlic
Sartori Foods Sartori Reserve Pastorale Blend
Widmer’s Cheese Cellars 8 Year Cheddar
Arthur Schuman, Inc Montforte Gorgonzola Cheese
Montchevre-Betin, Inc. Chevre in Blue – Goat Milk Blue Cheese
Emmi-Roth Käse USA GranQueso
Sartori Foods Sartori Asiago
Cesar’s Cheese Oaxaca String Cheese
BelGioioso Cheese Inc Sharp Provolone Mandarino
Klondike Cheese Co. Reduced Fat Feta
North Hendren Cooperative Dairy Black River Caraway Blue
Holland’s Family Cheese LLC Marieke Gouda Smoked
Carr Valley Cheese Smoked Billy Blue
Uplands Cheese Co. Extra Aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve
DreamFarm, LLC Fresh Goat Cheese with Pesto
Hidden Springs Creamery LLC Driftless Honey Lavender
Carr Valley Cheese Fresh Marisa
Sartori Foods Sartori Reserve Balsamic BellaVitano
Pine River Pre-Pack, Inc Extra Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack Cheese Food
Carr Valley Cheese Native Sheep
Uplands Cheese Co. Pleasant Ridge Reserve
Bleu Mont Dairy Lil Wils BIG Cheese

Second Place Wisconsin Cheese Winners


BelGioioso Cheese Inc Mascarpone
Lactalis American Group, Inc (Belmont, WI) 8 oz Camembert
Chalet Cheese Coop Braun Swisse Kase Golden Brick
Carr Valley Cheese Cave Aged Cardona
Klondike Cheese Co. Muenster
Arena Cheese Inc. Traditionally Made Colby
Holland’s Family Cheese LLC Marieke Gouda Premium
Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Co-op Mona
Saxon Homestead Creamery Pastures
Carr Valley Cheese 8 year Cheddar
Bleu Mont Dairy Bandaged Cheddar Aged up to 12 months
Carr Valley Cheese 4 year Cheddar
Saputo Cheese USA Inc. Rindless Blue
Carr Valley Cheese Billy Blue
BelGioioso Cheese Inc American Grana
BelGioioso Cheese Inc Burrata
Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, LLC Farmers Rope String Cheese
BelGioioso Cheese Inc 12 lb Salami Mild Provolone
Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, LLC Fresh Mozzarella – 1# ball
Lactalis American Group, Inc (Belmont, WI) 2 lb Feta Plain Slab
Saputo Cheese USA Inc. Reduced Fat Blue Cheese
Arla Foods Havarti w/Dill
Meister Cheese Company Morel and Leek Jack
Carr Valley Cheese Garlic Bread Cheese
Holland’s Family Cheese LLC Marieke Gouda Smoked Cumin
Holland’s Family Cheese LLC Marieke Gouda Aged
DreamFarm, LLC Arthur
Hidden Springs Creamery LLC Driftless Cranberry Cinnamon
Cedar Grove Cheese Inc. Lamb
Sartori Foods Cognac BellaVitano
Carr Valley Cheese Canaria
Nordic Creamery Goat Butter
Carr Valley Cheese Sharp Cheddar Spread
Carr Valley Cheese Aged Marisa
Carr Valley Cheese Benedictine
Hidden Springs Creamery LLC Ocooch Mountain Reserve

Third Place Wisconsin Cheese Winners


Arthur Schuman, Inc Cello Traditional Italian Style Mascarpone Rich and Creamy
Arthur Schuman, Inc Cello Mascarpone – Thick and Smooth
Widmer’s Cheese Cellars Mild Brick
Carr Valley Cheese Cocoa Cardona
DCI Cheese Company Liederkranz
Edelweiss Creamery Muenster
Carr Valley Cheese Colby
Cedar Grove Cheese Inc. Heide
Carr Valley Cheese Menage
Mt. Sterling Co-op Creamery Raw Goat Milk Mild Cheddar
Meister Cheese Company Eagle Cave Reserve
Widmer’s Cheese Cellars 4 Year Cheddar
Hook’s Cheese Company, Inc. Gorgonzola Dolce
BelGioioso Cheese Inc Creamy Gorg
Hook’s Cheese Company, Inc. Little Boy Blue-Sheep
BelGioioso Cheese Inc Asiago
Sartori Foods Sartori Reserve Natural Rind Parmesan
FenceLine LLC Harvest
Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, LLC Fresh Mozzarella – Ciliegine
Lactalis American Group, Inc (Belmont, WI) Mediterranean Herb Feta
Lactalis American Group, Inc (Belmont, WI) Tomato/Basil Feta
Carr Valley Cheese Sheep Feta
Arla Foods Havarti w/Jalapeno
DCI Cheese Company Salemville Smokehaus Blue Cheese
Carr Valley Cheese Airco
Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, LLC Les Freres Reserve
Hidden Springs Creamery LLC Driftless Maple
CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley Organic European Style Cultured Butter
Brunkow Cheese of Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar Spread
Widmer’s Cheese Cellars Washed Rind Brick Cold Pack
Pine River Pre-Pack, Inc Chardonnay & Extra Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack Cheese Food
Carr Valley Cheese Virgin Pine Native Sheep
Emmi-Roth Käse USA Grand Cru Gruyere Surchoix
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