Wisconsin takes home more awards for cheese than other states

Special to The Freeman

Dec. 11, 2014

MADISON — When people think of Wisconsin, they often think of cheese. During the recent World Cheese Awards, the Dairy State also proved it has top-tasting cheese by taking home 28 awards, or about 33 percent of the total awards given to the United States, according to a Thursday announcement.

Wisconsin earned two super gold medals and a “Major Winner” award in the Best Overseas Additive Cheese category.

Award-winning Wisconsin cheeses came from six companies including Sartori (14 awards), Emmi Roth USA (six awards), Arthur Schuman (three awards), The Artisan Cheese Exchange (two awards), Burnett Dairy Cooperative (two awards) and Carr Valley Cheese Co. (one award). Super gold medals went to Emmi Roth USA’s Grand Cru Surchoix and Sartori Reserve Kentucky Bourbon BellaVitano, which also received a Major Winner award in the Best Overseas Additive Cheese category, according to the announcement.

The World Cheese Awards, now in its 26th year, received close to 2,600 entries from 33 countries including the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Brazil and the United States. Cheeses were judged by 250 experts from around the world.