To stock your cheese board it might pay to note this year’s top selections in the annual judging by the American Cheese Society. They were announced last week at the group’s conference in Portland, Ore. There are scores of categories for cheeses, butters and cultured dairy products, with winners in each. But only four were named Best in Show. In first place was Whitney, a Raclette-style cheese from Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro Bend, Vt. Second place went to two cheeses: Flagsheep, a semihard blend of cow and sheep milks by Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Seattle; and Bamboozle, a washed-rind blend of goat and cow milks from Rodeo Farm & Dairy in Allison Park, Pa. In third place was another Jasper Hill Farm cheese, Greensward, a soft-ripened washed rind beauty made in collaboration with Murray’s Cheese in New York.
American Cheese Society, cheesesociety.org.