An aged raw cow's milk farmstead cheese made in Dodgeville has captured the coveted Best of Show award at the annual American Cheese Society Conference, one of the most prestigious cheese competitions in North America.
Uplands Cheese Co.'s Extra Aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve took Best of Show for the third time, the only cheese to have done so in the competition's history. It also won top honors in 2001 and 2005.
Wisconsin cheesemakers Saturday took home 98 ribbons - 29 firsts, 36 seconds and 33 thirds - almost a third of all of the awards given and more than any other state. The five-day conference and competition in Seattle had more than 1,400 entries from 34 states, Canada and Mexico.
Several Dairy State cheesemakers collected multiple honors, including Carr Valley Cheese of LaValle, which received 18 ribbons, BelGioioso Cheese of Denmark, which took home seven, and Sartori Foods of Plymouth, with six ribbons.
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