2017 US Championship Cheese Contest

We would like to congratulate some of our great cheese makers that have made the top ten (10) of the top twenty (20) cheeses in the 2017 US Championship Cheese Contest. Top 10 cheese contest finalists include our own; Satori, Agropur, Saxon. Widmer’s, Marieke and Red Barn.

2013 US Cheese Championship Contest at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on March 12th and 13th 2013. (Mike Roemer Photo)

2013 US Cheese Championship Contest at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on March 12th and 13th 2013. (Mike Roemer Photo)

20 finalists for the 2017 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest

  • Sartori Company, Antigo – Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano
  • Sartori Company, Antigo – Sartori Tre Donnes – a hard mixed milk cheese
  • Agropur, Weyauwega – Cheddar Aged 1 to 2 years
  • Agropur, Weyauwega – Cheddar Aged more than 2 years
  • Saxon Cheese, Cleveland – Old English style Cheddar aged 5 months
  • Saxon Cheese, Cleveland – Smoked Gouda aged 7 months
  • Widmer’s Cheese Cellars, Theresa – Traditional Washed Rind Aged Brick spread
  • Marieke Gouda, Thorp – Gouda Belegen
  • Marieke Gouda, Thorp -Aged Gouda
  • Red Barn Family Farms, Appleton – Bandaged Cheddar, Sharp to Aged
  • Mill Creek Cheese, Arena – reduced fat muenster
  • Meister Cheese, Muscoda – cheddar aged 3 to 6 months
  • Montchevre-Betin, Belmont – Trivium hard goat’s milk cheese
  • Zimmerman Cheese, South Wayne – smoked brick
  • Cypress Grove, Arcata, California – fresh goat cheese
  • Rothenbuhler Cheesemakers, Middlefield, Ohio – baby Swiss
  • Schuman Cheese, Fairfield, N.J. – Montforte Bleu
  • Schuman Cheese, Fairfield, N.J. – Harissa rubbed Fontina
  • Cellars at Jasper Hill, Greensboro Bend, Vermont – brie
  • Glanbia Nutritionals, Twin Falls, Idaho – Gouda with green olives and pimento

Jim’s Cheese Pantry Artisan Cheesemakers Win Big at the ACS Judging and Competition!

Some of our artisan cheesemakers won major honors in the 28th Annual American Cheese Society Judging and Competition last week!

A special congratulations goes out to Emmi Roth USA. They took 3rd place in Best of Show with their Roth Grand Cru Surchoix. Roth Grand Cru Surchoix also won 1st place in the Cow’s Milk Open category, while their Roth Grand Cru Original followed up in the category’s 3rd place. Emmi Roth placed 1st and 2nd in the Hispanic/Portuguese Ripened All-Milks category with Roth GranQueso Reserve and Roth GranQueso, respectively. Roth’s Havarti with Peppadew, Serafina Garlic & Herb Spread, and Radette also won awards.

Congratulations to Sartori Company for a great showing as well. Their Sartori Limited Edition Pastorale Blend won 1st place in the Sheeps/Mixed-Milk open category. Sartori Reserve Merlot BellaVitano won 2nd place in the Marinated in Liquids and Ingredients: Cow’s Milk category. Sartori Limited Edition Extra Aged Goat and  Sartori Reserve SarVecchio Parmesan also received awards.

Carr Valley Cheese also brought in great results. Their Billy Blue cheese won first place in the Bule Mold: Rindless Blue Veined Goats Milk category, while their Monterey Jack won 2nd in the Cow’s Milk Monterey Jack category. Carr Valley’s Sheep cheese won 2nd in the Feta Sheep’s/Mixed milk category. Their 6 and 4 year Cheddars, Baraboo Blue, Jalapeno Bread, Hot Pepper Jack, Smoked Baa Baa Blue, Canaria and Apple Smoked Cheddar also won honors.

Pasture Pride Cheese won 2nd place in the Cow’s Milk American Brick Cheese category with Pasture Pride Brick Cheese.

Crave Brother’s Farmstead Cheese had their Petit Frere with Truffles win 1st in the Cheeses Flavored With Herbs, Fruits, Vegetables, Truffles, Flowers, Syrups category. Their Farmer’s Rope String Cheese won honors as well.

Nordic Creamery won 1st place in the Goat, Sheep, or Mixed Milk Butter With or Without Cultures category with their Goat Butter. Nordic Creamery’s Maple Syrup Butter placed 2nd in the Flavor Added Butter Category.

Congratulations once again to these skilled and dedicated cheesemakers for showing off such quality products! The full results are available here.


Emmi Roth USA wins big