2016 ACS Winners

Congratulations to our incredibly talented and hardworking California Artisan Cheese Guild cheesemakers!  On Friday, July 29, in Des Moines, IA, the winners from the 2016 American Cheese Society Judging & Competition were announced.  We are so proud to announce that our Guild cheesemakers took home 44 ribbons this year.  The competition is always stiff and a record 1,843 cheeses and cultured dairy products were entered this year. Way to go Guild cheesemakers!
Best of Show 2nd Place
Bleating Heart Cheese – Buff Blue

1st Place
Barinaga Ranch – Baserri
Bellwether Farms – Blackstone
Bleating Heart Cheese – Buff Blue
Bleating Heart Cheese – Shepherdista
Cowgirl Creamery – Red Hawk
Cypress Grove Chèvre – Bermuda Triangle
Cypress Grove Chèvre – Fromage Blanc
Laura Chenel’s Chèvre – Cabecou Marinated in Herbs 6.2oz
Laura Chenel’s Chèvre – Taupiniere 9oz
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery – Plain Goat Milk Yogurt
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company – Capretta Rich & Creamy Goat Yogurt
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company – Graziers Grass-Fed European Style Butter Unsalted
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company – Organic Jack-Baby Bella Mushroom

2nd Place
Bellwether Farms – Creme Fraiche
Bellwether Farms – Whole Milk Ricotta
Bleating Heart Cheese – Fat Bottom Girl
Central Coast Creamery – Goat Gouda
Central Coast Creamery – Holey Cow
Cypress Grove Chèvre – Humboldt Fog Mini
Fiscalini Cheese Co. – Bandage Wrap Cheddar – 12 months
Marin French Cheese Co. – Triple Creme Brie with Truffles
Nicasio Valley Cheese Co. – Foggy Morning with Garlic and Basil
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. – Point Reyes Fresh Mozzarella
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company – Cultured Classics Creme Labne Kefir
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company – Cultured Classics Hot Pepper Cream Cheese

3rd Place
Beehive Cheese Company – Barely Buzzed
Bleating Heart Cheese – Funky Bleats
Cowgirl Creamery – Fromage Blanc
Cowgirl Creamery – Wagon Wheel
Cypress Grove Chèvre – Humboldt Fog Grande
Cypress Grove Chèvre – Ms. Natural
Garden Variety Cheese – Sweet Alyssum
Marin French Cheese Company – Jalapeño Brie
Marin French Cheese Company – Petite Breakfast 4oz
Nicasio Valley Cheese Co. – San Geronimo
Pennyroyal Farm – Boonter’s Blue
Sierra Cheese Co. – Artisan Style String Cheese
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company – Bella Capra Goat Feta
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company – Caprae Raw Milk Goat Cheddar
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company – Capretta Greek Plain Goat Yogurt
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company – Capretta Low Fat Plain Goat Yogurt
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company – Graziers Kefir Plain
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company – Organic Jack-Traditional

The complete list of 2016 American Cheese Society Judging & Competition winners is available here.