A wheel of Original Blue cheese behind three stacked pieces of Original Blue cheese

First Place Award for OB 2019 US Championship Cheese Contest

Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese™ awarded 1st Place at US Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay, WI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Green Bay, WI (March 19, 2019) – The first cheese made by Point Reyes Farmstead, the iconic Original Blue, was awarded 1st Place in the Blue Cheese Category at Cheese Champion, last night’s culminating event for this year’s US Championship Cheese Contest. The contest occurred in early March with the judging of a record-breaking 2555 entries in cheese, butter and yogurt classes from 72 different producers. Original Blue, the company’s raw milk, classic-style blue known for its ultra-creamy texture and full-flavored, peppery finish, was one of 19 entries for Blue Veined Cheese and scored an impressive 97.90. Point Reyes is thrilled to also announce that its Bay Blue won 5th Place in Blue Veined Cheese with an Exterior Rind, Toma placed 6th Place in Open Class, Semi Soft Cheese and the California producer’s traditional Gouda won 12th Place in the Aged Gouda category.


“We are so happy with how well Original Blue scored in this distinguished competition,” said Kuba Hemmerling, Head Cheese Maker and Plant Manager of Point Reyes Farmstead. “We’re honored that Gouda, Toma and Bay Blue also placed high in their categories but the win for Original Blue is especially appreciated. We work hard to make sure that the stellar reputation of Original Blue delivers for our loyal customers, --consumers as well as chefs across the country.”


About Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company
In 1959 Bob and Dean Giacomini established their successful dairy farm just north of Point Reyes Station in Marin County, CA. In 2000, together with their daughters, the family began making hand-crafted cheese on the farm with milk from their own herd of Holsteins. In 2010, they opened The Fork, a culinary and educational center, offering farm-to-table educational experiences for both consumers and the trade. In 2018, now 100% Women-Owned by sisters Diana, Lynn and Jill, the company expanded to Petaluma, with the opening of a second creamery, warehouse and distribution center. The Point Reyes Farmstead product line consisting of Fresh Mozzarella, Toma, Bay Blue, Gouda and Original Blue, is available at independent cheese shops and specialty grocers, at The Fork, local-area farmers’ markets and online at www.pointreyescheese.com.


Point Reyes Farmstead Marketing & Media Contact


Jill Giacomini Basch, Co-Owner, 800.591.6878, jill@pointreyescheese.com