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Real California Cheeses Named Second and Third Best in Show at Annual American Cheese Society Competition

04:10AM Aug 07, 2014

Pt Reyes Bleu Cheese( Catherine Merlo, Dairy Today )

California cow’s milk processors score 24 wins in Sacramento.

Source: California Milk Advisory Board

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., & MODESTO, Calif. – August 6, 2014 – California cow’s milk processors that use the Real California Cheese and Milk seals brought home 24 awards from the 2014 annual cheese competition held by the American Cheese Society (ACS), July 31, 2014 in Sacramento.

Two cheesemakers – Pt. Reyes Farmstead Cheese and Oakdale Cheese & Specialties – also were nominated as second and third Best in Show during the annual event.

The American Cheese Society recognizes the finest cheeses produced in North America. A total of 1,685 cheeses and cultured dairy products were entered into the competition. California cheeses had another strong showing this year competing against 248 producers representing 39 states, plus Canada and Columbia.

California cow’s milk cheeses that use the Real California seals won five first-place, nine second-place and 10 third-place awards in this year’s judging. Highlights from these wins include:

• Dairy Goddess Farmstead Cheese and Milk, Lemoore, 1st for "The Valley" Fromage Blanc, Flavored Cheeses/Fresh Unripened Cheese with Flavor Added – All Milk
• Karoun Dairies Inc, Turlock, 1st for Blue Isle Mediterranean Yogurt Spread, Cultured Milk and Cream Products/Other Strained Cultured Products – All Milks
• Oakdale Cheese & Specialties, Oakdale, 1st for Aged Gouda, American Made/International Style – Dutch Style – All Milks
• Point Reyes Farmstead, Point Reyes, 1st for Point Reyes Bay Blue, Blue Mold Cheeses/Blue-Veined With a Rind or External Coating – Made From Cow’s Milk
• Rumiano Cheese Company, Crescent City, 1st for Dry Monterey Jack, American Originals/Dry Jack Made From Cow’s Milk
• Belfiore Cheese Company, Berkeley, 2nd for Belfiore Fresh Mozzarella Ovaline, Italian Type Cheeses/Fresh Mozzarella – under 8 oz. – All Milk
• Di Stefano Cheese, Pomona, 2nd for Burrata alla Panna, Italian Style Cheeses/Burrata – Fresh Mozzarella Encasing a Distinctly Separate, Softer Curd and Cream, or other Soft Cheese, Core – All Milks
• Marin French Cheese Company, Petaluma, 2nd for Triple Crème Brie, Soft Ripened Cheeses/Triple Crème – Soft Ripened/Cream Added – All Milks
• Nicasio Valley Cheese, San Rafael, 2nd for Foggy Morning, Fresh Unripened Cheeses/Fromage Blanc, Fromage Frais and Quark – Made From Cow’s Milk
• Sierra Nevada Cheese Company, Willows, for 2nd, Organic Raw Milk Monterey Jack, American Originals / Monterey Jack – Made From Cow’s Milk
• Fagundes Old-World Cheese Company, Hanford, 3rd for Queijo St. John, Hispanic and Portuguese Style Cheeses
• Sierra Cheese Manufacturing Company, Compton, 3rd for Part Skim Ricotta, Fresh Unripened Cheeses/Ricotta – Made From Cow’s Milk

In total, 12 Real California cow’s milk cheese and dairy producers won awards with Oakdale Cheese & Specialties and Pt. Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. named third and second Best in Show respectively.

Additional California wins included 2nd place for DiStefano for Smoked Scamorza and 3rd place recognition for Mascarpone and Fresh Ovoline; 2nd place for Nicasio Valley’s Loma Alta and 3rd for Nicasio Square; two 3rd place awards for Rumiano Cheese Company for Peppato Dry Jack and Organic Unsalted Butter; 2nd place for Karoun Dairies’ Canadian Style Sour Cream; 2nd place for Sierra Nevada Cheese Company’s Organic European Style Cultured Butter and 3rd for Heroes Greek Yogurt; and finally, two 3rd place awards for Belfiore Cheese Company for Fior de Latte Mozzarella and Mediterranean Style Feta in Brine.

California produces more than 250 varieties and styles of cow’s milk cheeses that carry the Real California Cheese seal, which certifies they are made with 100 percent California milk. Real California Cheeses can be found at retailers throughout the U.S., Mexico and Asia. For more information about California cheese and dairy products that carry the Real California Cheese or Milk seal, visit: For more information on ACS competition winners, go to:

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