Over the weekend, Rogue Creamery from Central Point, Oregon gave the Pacific Northwest region something to be ridiculously proud of as they seized the highly coveted Best of Show cheese crown at the 2011 American Cheese Society Competition in Montreal.
Placing at the top of the 1,676 cheese entries, the Rogue River Blue stole the show at the largely attended cheese off for the second time in the last three years.
The champion taste of the award winning cheese is known for its distinct sweet, woodsy-pine flavor with a moist and creamy texture thanks to a slow, hand-turning process throughout the aging process.
Each wheel of the cow's milk blue-veined champion is then hand wrapped with Syrah grapeleaves from the Rogue River Valley, which have been steeped with Clear Creek's Pear Brandy love
One delicious taste and you'll see why this tasty blue nibble is shining in the limelight of the cheese eating world.
The sweet taste of the Rogue River Blue partners magnificently with figs, ripened berries, hazelnuts, pears, and as the perfect accompaniment for salad fixings.
The blue's hints of peach and brandy needs a well-aged wine. Pair with a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, or Port.
If you're fixing for something cheesy and bluesey, take to the award winning blue.
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