Singing the Rogue River Blue(s)

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

 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. 


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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

How cool is that, Debb! Congratulations to Rogue Creamery. I love to use blue cheese in salads.

Nov 08, 2019 05:04 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I love cheeses of all kinds.... but I'm very careful with the quantity I eat.... a very small piece on occasion keeps me happy....

Nov 08, 2019 05:06 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Debb. A big blue cheese fan, can only say I am jealous! Enjoy your cheese!

Nov 08, 2019 05:09 AM #4
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That looks delicious, I want some so bad now. Have a good Friday

Nov 08, 2019 05:57 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie - seasonal favorites are such a good "find" and a real treat when they are discovered.  Your description of the cheese snd the back story illustrate your appreciation that goes far beyond the product.  Clearly you are enthusiastic fans.  

Nov 08, 2019 06:30 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That sounds delicious!  I am not a connoisseur of fine cheeses, but I would certainly give that a try.

Nov 08, 2019 06:52 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Oh my goodness!  This sounds like a treat that has no rival.  YUM!

Nov 08, 2019 07:23 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sally K. & David L. Hanson of course, coming from Wisconsin. You will have to try this Northwest offering, it's worth the effort. 

Nina Hollander we do too. But this cheese is fabulous on its own. 

Nov 08, 2019 07:47 AM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Barbara Todaro I know what you mean, this one is definitely worth the occasional splurge. 

Nov 08, 2019 07:48 AM #11
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

While I am not  fan of blue cheese I can appreciate the quality of a product and from your description it captures that.  Winning this award also let's you know it is a quality product. 

Nov 08, 2019 08:03 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - that is the type of company I woulds like to be associated with.  I am sure that their products are a delight.

Nov 08, 2019 08:34 AM #13
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Wayne Martin and Scott Godzyk - this cheese is like eating ambrosia from the Gods. It is really smooth and delicious. Hope you get to try it at some point. D 



Nov 08, 2019 09:08 AM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Michael Jacobs yes, they are brand that we can easily align with in terms of values. Reminds me of something Ron and Alexandra Seigel would say. Lol. 

Nov 08, 2019 09:09 AM #15
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Brian England it is a lovely taste.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® it certainly didn't have any rivals in Italy recently. What a huge award for this wonderful Cheese Creamery. 

Nov 08, 2019 09:10 AM #16
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Blue cheese is definitely an acquired taste.  My daughter-in-law loves it and the rest of our family hates it ha ha.  I am sure she would love to have a taste of this one for sure. 

Nov 08, 2019 09:36 AM #17
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb and Bernie,

We had the smoky blue yesterday with a glass of Willamette Pinot Noir from Etude.  I was a match made in my goal is to find the blue wrapped in Syrah leaves..A

Nov 08, 2019 09:44 AM #18
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

OMG that sounds wonderful Debe!  I am hoping I can find it in my area...perhaps at AJ's a fine food store with a lovely selection of cheeses.  Now why am I getting hungry!  Have a great weekend!

Nov 08, 2019 10:19 AM #19
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your recommendations. I shared your post with Chef Dolores.

Nov 08, 2019 10:41 AM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Debe- your post is a wonderful shout out for Rogue Creamery!  Congratulations to Rogue River Blue for its prestigious award!  I reading your explanation as to how it is made. 

Nov 08, 2019 10:42 AM #21
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Wow... first place in the world out of 3800 entries? That's amazing. I'm not a Blue Cheese fan (my husband was) but I'd be tempted to try this one. I need to check out their website because I do love cheese.


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