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Bellwether Farms Takes Home Best in Class Honors at U.S. Championship Cheese Contest 2017

Bellwether Farms Takes Home "Best in Class" Honors at U.S. Championship Cheese Contest 2017

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Bellwether Farms started this spring with two significant victories—taking home a pair of “Best in Class” awards at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

From over 2,300 cheese from 33 states in competition, the Sonoma County, California-based cheesemaker was recognized for its Whole Milk Basket Ricotta and Blackstone; the two cheeses took home Best in Class in the Ricotta and Mixed-milk categories, respectively.

Liam Callahan, Proprietor & Cheesemaker, Bellwether (Photo Credit: Cheese Trail)

“These competitions guide us in making the highest quality product we can, on par with the best in the artisan cheese business,” says Liam Callahan, Co-Founder and Cheesemaker. “The wins also translate into sales growth as retailers confidently recommend our products to their customers.”

These two wins—the first of 2017—continue a significant winning streak for the popular cheese offerings. Whole Milk Basket Ricotta earned four awards in 2016—including one from the internationally-acclaimed World Cheese Championship, and Blackstone took first place at the American Cheese Society competition and Gold honors at CalExpo.

Bellwether’s ricotta is produced from rich, whole, locally-sourced milk. The milk is cultured and slowly heated to develop flavor and texture, and the finished produce is sold in its original draining basket. Blackstone is a blend of Jersey cow and sheep milk, with a sprinkling of peppercorns. The cheese is aged and hand-rubbed with ash and pepper to produce a distinct black rind.

Both cheeses available across the U.S. For a complete list of Bellwether Farms’ accolades, click here.

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