An American cheese has been named world champion for the first time.
Rogue River Blue, from Southern Oregon cheesemaker Rogue Creamery, was named the world's best cheese in 2019 at the World Cheese Awards in Italy in October, according to competition organizer Guild of Fine Food
The organic blue mustard knocked out a record 3,803 other cheeses in the competition, which is the world's largest cheese competition. Competition judge Bruno Cabral described Rog's cheese as a "flavor game" with "different sensations, balance, sweet and spicy notes."
David Gremmels, the owner of Rogue Creamery, said he was "humble and full of gratitude" in a post-victory press release.
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Rogue took the win in a dramatic ending after being tied with an Italian cheese at the end of the final judging phase . A tie vote was required to decide the final winner.
John Farrand, CEO of the Guild of Fine Food, called it "one of the most dramatic finals in World Cheese history."
"Rogue Creamery has been at the forefront of the American Craft Revolution for a few years, so it seems very fitting for them to be the first American winners of our World Cup cheese cup," Farrand said in the press release.
Rogue River Blue is made just in the fall when the cream pudding says cow's milk is best. It then ages in caves for 9 to 11 months before being wrapped in pear liqueur-soaked Syrah grape leaves.
Rogue Creamery sells the cheese on its website for $ 75 for a 20-ounce quarter wheel or $ 235 for a 5-pound all-wheel.
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This year's party was "especially good", according to the sour cream.
"The skins evolved beautifully, and the taste is exceptional, showing the fruit, spice, blackberry, vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate and bacon flavors that this cheese is known for," the sour cream wrote.
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