Top Honors for our Favorite Blue Cheese
One of our favorite Northwest cheeses is the Rogue River Blue. We were both delighted when it recently took top prize at the World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy. This special cheese beat out 3,800 other entries from 42 countries.
Rogue Creamery, founded in 1933, is located in Southern Oregon. The creamery has won awards for its artisan cheese, including Rogue River Blue being named best blue at the 2003 World Cheese Awards in London, but this is the first time an American cheesemaker has won the industry's top prize.
Rogue Creamery's cows graze along the Rogue Rver on organic pastures.
According to the company website, Rogue River Blue is made from organic milk, cave-aged nine to 11 months and hand-wrapped in Syrah grape leaves, harvested from biodynamic Cowhorn Vineyard, that are soaked in pear liqueur. You're encouraged to eat the grape leaves too.
The cheese has hints of blackberry, vanilla, hazelnut and bacon. We purchased ours at our local New Seasons store and it's generally only available in the fall. Due to the overwhelming demand, it is no longer available at the Rogue Creamery website. Although they are taking pre-orders for the 2020 release.
Other Rogue Creamery blue cheeses worth tasting include, Oregonzola, Caveman Blue, and Smokey Blue. We enjoy all three.
We are also big fans of the company's core values of quality assurance and holistic, organic, and sustainable production practices. This may be their first award for the top cheese in the world, but they've always been number one in our book.