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Point Reyes, Moonside Creamery Top California State Fair Cheese Competition

Sacramento, CA—Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company of Point Reyes, CA, earned Best of Show in the Cow’s Milk Division of California State Fair Commercial Cheese Competition here last week with its Aged Gouda entry.

This is the third consecutive Best of Show win in the Cow’s Milk Division for Point Reyes Cheese, which earned top honors for its Bay Blue in both 2016 and 2017. Bay Blue also won Best of Show in the Cow’s Milk Division in 2010.

Sebastopol’s Moonside Creamery took Best of Show in the Other Milk Type Division for its mixed milk, mold ripened Smoke Ring entry.

Judging took place Wednesday, May 9. The 2018 California State Fair will be held here July 13-29.

Other top scoring companies, including those earning Best of California honors, include:

Bellwether Farms

Won Best of California medals for Creme Fraiche and Whole Milk Ricotta; a Gold medal for Blackstone; two Silver medals for Pepato and Fromage Blanc; and a Bronze medal for Carmondy.

Bleating Heart Cheese

Won a Gold medal for Death & Taxes, and three Silver medals for Le Moo, Goldette Tommette, and Fat Bottom Girl.

Central Coast Creamery
Paso Robles

Won Best of California medals for Dream Weaver, Bishops Peak and Goat Cheddar; a Gold medal for Goat Gouda; a Silver medal for Ewereka; and a Bronze medal for Seascape.

Cowgirl Creamery
Point Reyes

Won Best of California for its Wagon Wheel; a Gold medal for Inverness; and four Silver medals for Red Hawk, Mt. Tam, Fromage Blanc and Cottage Cheese.

Cypress Grove

Won five Gold medals for Fromage Blanc, Purple Haze, PsycheDillic, Herbs de Humboldt and Bermuda Triangle; and six Silver medals for Sgt. Pepper, Truffle Tremor Mini, Truffle Tremor, Humboldt Fog Mini, Ms. Natural, and Humboldt Fog Grande.

El Mexicano

Won three Gold medals for its Requeson, Mozzarella and Menonita; a Silver medal for Fresco Casero; and two Bronze medals for Oaxaca and Enchilado Aged Cotija.

Fagundes Old-World Cheese
Won two Silver medals for St. John and Portuguese Queijo Fresco; and a Bronze medal for Hanford Jack.

Fiscalini Cheese

Won two Gold for San Joaquin Gold and Lionza; six Silver medals for Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, Smoked Scarmorza, Scarmorza, Onion & Chive Cheddar, Craft Beer Cheddar and Purple Moon; and a Bronze for its Habanero.

Green Valley Organics

Won a Bronze medal for its Lactose Free Whole Milk Kefir.

Joseph Farms

Won four Silver medals for its Mild Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, Marbled Jack and Pepper Jack; and five Bronze medals for Mozzarella, Provolone, Monterey Jack and Medium Cheddar.

Laura Chenel’s

Won six Gold medals for its Original Chabis, Original Medallion, 4 Peppercorn Chabis, Cabecou in Herbs, Spicy Cabecou and Goat Brie; four Silver medals for Original Log, Crushed Olive Log, Black Truffle Log and Truffle Cabecou; and two Bronze medals for Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Medallion and Fig & Grapefruit Medallion.

Marin French Cheese

Won six Gold medals for its Petite Breakfast, Petite Camembert, Camembert, Petite Jalapeno, Petite Cendree and Schloss; four Silver medals for Traditional Brie, Petite Creme, Petite Truffle and Supreme Brie; and two Bronze medals for Petite Supreme and Triple Creme Brie.

Moonside Creamery

Won Best of Show and Best of California for Smoke Ring; Best of California for Aurora; and a Bronze medal for Lunetta.

Nicasio Valley Cheese

Won two Gold medals for its Locarno Wheel and San Geronimo; five Silver medals for Foggy Morning, Foggy Morning with Garlic & Basil, Loma Alta, Nicasio Square and Nicasio Reserve; and three Bronze medals for Locarno, Fromagella and Tomino.

Orland Farmstead Creamery

Won a Silver for Fromage Blanc and two Bronze for Ricottage with Garlic & Dill and Fromage Blanc.

Pennyroyal Farm
Boont Corners

Won Best of California for Boont Corners Reserve; a Gold for Bollie’s Mollies; a Silver for Laychee; and two Bronze medals for Velvet Sister and Boont Corners 2 Month.

Point Reyes Farmstead
Point Reyes

Won Best of Show and Best of California for Point Reyes Aged Gouda; and two Silver medals for Point Reyes Bay Blue and Point Reyes Toma.

Redwood Hill Farm

Won Best of California for its Goat Milk Vanilla Kefir and a Bronze medal for Aged Goat Milk Cheddar.

Rumiano Cheese
Crescent City

Won three Silver medals for Smoked Mozzarella, Smoked White Cheddar and Habanero Jack.

Rumiano Family Organic
Crescent City

Won a Silver medal for Smoked Mozzarella and two Bronze medals for Medium Cheddar and Chipotle White Cheddar.

Sierra Nevada

Won a Silver medal for String Cheese and a Bronze medal for Part Skim Ricotta.

Sierra Nevada Cheese

Won a Gold medal for its Organic Monterey Jack and three Silver medals for Creme Fraiche, Organic Cream Cheese and Graziers Raw Medium Cheddar.

Stuydt Dairy Farmstead

Won a Silver medal for its Mild Gouda, and four Bronze medals for Cumin Gouda, Smoked Gouda, Bacon Gouda and Aged Gouda cheese.

Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery
Valley Ford

Won Best of California for its Grazin Girl Gorgonzola and two Gold medals for Estero Gold and Estero Gold Reserve.


Willow Maid
Crescent City

Won two Silver medals for its Pepper Coated Dry Jack and Peppercorn Dry Jack, and a Bronze medal for Uncoated Dry Jack.