Wis. Cheesemakers Sweep ACS Competition

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Wis. Cheesemakers Sweep ACS Competition

Wisconsin cheesemakers swept the annual American Cheese Society Competition July 25 in Chicago, capturing 91 ribbons, including the prestigious Best of Show prize.

Of 1,149 total entries, Wisconsin cheesemakers scored nearly one-third of all awards bestowed, more than any other state. America's Dairyland's 91 awards included 25 firsts, 32 seconds, and 34 third places. Cheesemakers from 181 companies in 30 U.S. states and Canada were represented.

Master Cheesemaker Sid Cook, of Carr Valley Cheese in LaValle, landed 18 ribbons, including Best of Show with Snow White Goat Cheddar and Third Runner Up Best of Show with Cave Aged Marisa. This is the second Best of Show honor earned by Cook. His first came in 2004 with Gran Canaria, a mixed milk-style cheese.

Holland's Family Farm cheesemaker Marieke Penterman, of Thorp, captured the second most ribbons for Wisconsin, with a total of eight awards for her Dutch-style Goudas.

First place ribbons went to:

--BelGioioso Cheese, Inc., Denmark: Romano, Fresh Mozzarella -Prosciutto Basil Log
--Brunkow Cheese, Darlington: Brun-uusto Jalapeno Baked Cheese
--Carr Valley Cheese, LaValle: Bread Cheese, Airco, Snow White Goat Cheddar, Cave Aged Marisa
--Cedar Grove Cheese, Plain: Cumin & Clove Dutch Style
--Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Waterloo: Farmer's Rope
--Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello: Emmentaler
--Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby: Driftless Cranberry, Ocooch Mountain Cheese
--Hoch Enterprises, Braun Suisse Kaese, Beloit: Cheddar Aged Less Than 12 Months, Cheddar Aged More Than 12 Months
--Holland's Family Cheese, Thorp: Marieke Plain Gouda, Marieke Smoked Gouda
--Klondike Cheese, Monroe: Peppercorn Feta, Dill Havarti
--Maple Leaf Cooperative, Monroe: English Hollow Cheddar
--Nordic Creamery, Westby: Capriko
--Park Cheese, Fond du Lac: Provolone
--Pine River, Newton: Black Diamond Extra Sharp Cold Pack Cheese Food
--Roth Kaese USA, Monroe: Gran Queso
--Sartori Foods, Plymouth: Sartori Reserve Raspberry Bellavitano

In addition to claiming the most first-place awards, Wisconsin cheesemakers swept seven categories, including American Originals, Mixed Milk or Sheep's Milk Cheeses; American Originals, Colby Made from Cow's Milk; Mature Cheddars: Aged Longer than 49 months; Italian Type Cheese, Grating Styles; Flavored Cheeses, Flavor Added Havarti; Fresh Sheep's Milk Cheeses, Flavor Added; and Cheese Spreads.