In good news, Wisconsin cheesemakers can maintain their claim that they capture more awards than any other state and nation in national and international competitions.
The trend continued at last weeks' 2006 World Cheese Awards in London, where Wisconsin took home nearly one-third of all U.S. medals awarded, claiming 15 awards that included six gold, four silver and five bronze. The competition attracted more than 1,500 entries from four continents.
Winners from Wisconsin included:
Antigo Cheese Company: One gold medal -- Stravecchio Parmesan - specially aged with a creamy, sweet, nutty flavor.
Carr Valley Cheese: Three gold medals -- Marisa & Cave Aged Marisa, both sheep's milk cheeses and Canaria, a mixed milk cheese. Two bronze medals -- Gran Canaria, a mixed milk cheese and Billy Blue, a goat's milk cheese.
Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese: One silver medal -- Petit Frere, a new washed-rind cheese. One bronze medal -- Mascarpone, a cow's milk cheese.
DCI Cheese Company: One gold medal -- Great Midwest Smokey Jack. One silver medal -- Black Diamond Extra Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack Spread.
Roth Kase USA: One gold medal -- Granqueso, a Roth Kase original. One silver medal -- Rofumo, a hickory smoked cheese. One bronze medal -- Vintage Van Gogh, a full-cream gouda.
Uplands Cheese: One silver medal -- Pleasant Ridge Reserve, a Beaufort-style cheese.
Widmer's Cheese Cellars: One bronze medal -- Washed-Rind Brick Cheese.